General Abizaid Faces Tough Questions from U.S. Senators in Confirmation Hearing

John Abizaid
President Trump's choice for the next U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia faced tough questions from U.S. senators but defended the U.S.-Saudi relationship on Wednesday and said the United States needed "a strong and mature partnership with Saudi Arabia.”

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Trump pick for Saudi ambassador defends US relationship with Riyadh

President Trump’s pick to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday defended the United States continuing to work with the ...


Terrorist Financing

EU states block blacklisting Saudi, Panama over dirty money

The 28 member states of the European Union all backed a decision on Thursday to reject a proposal from the EU executive to add Saudi ...


United Nations Human Rights Council

EU backs text rebuking Saudi Arabia at U.N. rights forum: diplomats

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Saudi Aramco Technology

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Saudi investment fund hires US PR firm to create distance from crown prince

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Nuclear Power

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