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US, SAUDI relationship in good shape: top US official – Yahoo! News

September 18, 2011

US President Barack Obama (L) speaks alongside King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (R) …

US, Saudi relationship in good shape: top US official

AFP – Fri, Sep 16, 2011

The key diplomatic relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States is in “good shape” despite “scratchy” disagreements over Arab Spring revolutions, a senior US official said Friday.

President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah also have a very good understanding, US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said, days after new concern emerged over one of America’s most vital Middle Eastern alliances.

“I would be less than honest if I didn’t indicate there were disagreements about how the United States should go about handling” uprisings against longtime Arab leaders, Donilon said at an Economic Club lunch in Washington.

“I think it is fair to say, and I have said this publicly before, that our conversations with the Saudis about this were scratchy.

“There were some disagreements about this.”

Analysts say Saudi Arabia was angered at the Obama administration after it distanced itself from long-time Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak — a linchpin of US security policy in the region, before he was deposed.

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