Foreign media said a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia said that John Abizaid, the new U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia and retired general, arrived in Riyadh on May 2 to fill the vacancy in this position since President Trump took office for more than two years.
Washington has not sent an ambassador to Riyadh since January 2017, Reuters reported on May 2. In the past 27 months, relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia have become more and more complicated due to some problems, including the murder of Saudi journalist Kashuji at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Reported that in November 2018, Trump nominated Abyzaid for the post. During the Iraq war, Abizaid led the U.S. Central Command. The U.S. Senate approved his appointment in April.
John Abizaid (Getty Images)
The statement quoted Abyzaid, 68, as saying: Saudi Arabia and the United States are working together every day to protect the security of our two countries, promote prosperity and economic development, and establish a strong human exchange in our relationship.
Reported that in Washington, many people have called for a stronger position against Saudi Arabia, but Trump is reluctant to put too much pressure on Riyadh.
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