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#US President Donald Trump : Saudi-US relations ‘strongest ever’ 😊😒 #Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman gone his three week tour of the US with a reception at the White House with US President #DonaldTrump. The 32-year-old was lavished with praise as the two leaders discussed pressing issues including the #Iran #nuclear deal, security across the #MiddleEast, the blockade on #Qatar and the #war in #Yemen.
But it was the #arms deal that was the centrepiece of conversation between the two leaders as they posed in front of cameras. Arms sales to the Kingdom is a major component of the $200 billion investment package agreed last year during Trump’s visit to #Riyadh.
#Trump surprised everyone by holding up a chart of an array of #military arsenal approved for sale to Riyadh. Hardware ranged from ships to missile defence to planes and fighting vehicles. Holding up the large board with pictures of approved sales, Trump went through the cost of each military hardware and joked “that’s peanuts for you we should have charged you more”. .
Both leaders were keen to emphasise that relations between the two countries was deep, strong and mutually beneficial. Speaking in English, Bin Salman said: “We are the #oldest ally of the #US in the Middle East". While Trump observed that the “relationship is probably the strongest it’s ever been. We understand each other. #SaudiArabia is a very wealthy nation, and they’re going to give the United States some of that #wealth hopefully, in the form of #jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world". ➡Read more: ow.ly/O8sm30j7Dew.
Cartoon Pict by كاريكاتير سباعنة Sabaaneh #Cartoon.