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Is US-Saudi alliance just a marriage of convenience?

Is US-Saudi alliance just a marriage of convenience?

Trump and the crown prince looked past that and other points of friction as they dined together in the Cabinet room, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and a bevy of Cabinet secretaries.

And he is behind a major anti-corruption drive targeting the Saudi elite, which critics say also removes domestic rivals.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Saudi Arabia and on Tuesday blasted a resolution against US involvement in the conflict in Yemen, which is due for a vote later in the day.

Now, reports have emerged of a plan to reshape the political map of the Middle East and fracture the Gulf Cooperation Council.

President Trump further tried to express his personal fondness to the Crown Prince saying, "I thought your father made a very wise decision".

In MBS, Trump will find a sympathetic ear for his calls to crack down on Iran, Saudi Arabia's archenemy, and strengthen a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that former President Barack Obama and world powers brokered.

President Donald Trump has praised US defense sales to Saudi Arabia at a meeting with Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman at the White House, where the two discussed simmering tensions with Iran.

During his two and a half week sojourn to US, Saudi Crown Prince MBS will also travel to New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston to cultivate investments.

"But Iran has not been treating that part of the world or the world itself appropriately", he said.

In a Persian New Year message on March 20, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his country had defused all regional threats against it.

"This is a signal that there [are] a lot of things [that] could be tackled in the close future and more opportunities". The United States, adds fuel to the fire so that the crisis remains in Yemen and rift becomes wider between Riyadh and Teheran. Thousands of American jobs will result, Trump said, even voicing approval for the crown prince's "tremendous" move past year to push aside his older cousin to become first-in-line to his father King Salman's throne.

MBS, the crowned prince of Saudi believes in maintaining the US-Saudi alliance which started more than 80 years back.

"We're going to see what happens", Trump said when asked about either changing or scrapping the nuclear deal.

Saudi concerns with NY include a post-9/11 law that could jeopardize assets in the United States if victims' families claim Saudi Arabia helped the al-Qaida attackers and sue for compensation.

Trump held up a printed pictorial chart describing different defence deals.

Qassemi reportedly said bin Salman proved to be "an amateurish and mistaken liar" for his comments and stated his belief that his words show he is not familiar with Saudi Arabia's history and culture.