Saudi government officials are still trying to make sense of what the victory of Donald J. Trump will mean for the currently-frayed relationship with its most important ally. There is in fact much reason for optimism.
Saudi Arabia has replaced its Minister of Finance, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, with the head of the Kingdom’s capital markets regulator Mohammed Al-Jadaan in the latest move toward a younger generation of technocratic leaders in high positions.
U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, will travel to Kenya, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia next week as part of a tour that is expected to focus on counter terrorism. Secretary Kerry is expected to be in Jeddah on Wednesday, August 24th.