New Saudi Arms Manufacturer ‘SAMI’ Launched As Part of Vision 2030 Ahead of Trump Visit

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced on Wednesday the launch of a national state company for arms manufacturing as part of its Vision 2030 economic and social reform program, according to reports.

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Trump to announce Saudi arms deal during his first foreign trip

On his very first foreign trip as commander-in-chief, President Trump will announce a Saudi arms deal valued at more than $100 billion dollars, and potential business ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Win Over the White House

“Saudi-U.S. relations are compensating losses of the Obama years in almost all dimensions,” says Abdullah al-Shammari, a former Saudi diplomat and newspaper columnist. “If ...


Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Saudi Arabia launches national defense company

Wholly government-owned, SAMI aims to become one of the world’s top 25 defense companies by 2030. It will directly contribute around SR14 billion to the ...


Trump's First Foreign Trip

Public Opinion Context: Trump’s Trip to Middle East and Europe

Americans generally have a negative view of Saudi Arabia, which had a 31% favorable rating in Gallup's February World Affairs poll, compared with a 65% ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Oil to Jihad and 9/11: The Highs and Lows of U.S.-Saudi Ties

That Donald Trump chose Saudi Arabia for the first stop on his first overseas trip as president reflects a seven-decade alliance based on the premise ...


Oil Price

Saudi Arabia’s finance minister says could live with $40 oil in 2020

Saudi Arabia still loses sleep over the price of oil. Not for much longer. ...


Trade Destination

Saudi oil wealth is again a magnet for western leaders: Kemp

Saudi Arabia has again become the favorite destination for western political leaders seeking to promote arms sales and encourage other exports to boost their economies ...


Trump Saudi Visit

Major Oil, Aerospace Deals Expected During Trump’s Visit To Saudi Arabia

President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia will be a busy one for the oil sector as General Electric (GE), Schlumberger (SLB), Baker Hughes (BHI) and Halliburton ...


Criticism of Trump Visit

This is the aim of Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia – and it isn’t good for Shia communities

The Sunni Saudis and the Gulf kings possess immense wealth, the only religion that Trump really respects, and they want to destroy Shia Iran, Syria, the Hezbollah and the ...


Trump's First Foreign Trip

Concern as Sudan leader wanted for war crimes plans Saudi trip alongside Trump

The US has protested against plans by the Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC), to ...


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Besieged by controversy at home, U.S. President Donald Trump is under pressure to stick to the script and avoid fresh flare-ups when he embarks this ...


Energy Investment

Why oil-rich Gulf countries need to invest in renewable energy

Energy consumption in the GCC countries has grown at an average of 6% per year since 2000, outpacing GDP growth (5%) and population growth (4%). ...


Global Oil Markets

Saudi’s ‘Cutback’ Increased Crude Exports To The U.S.

Preliminary data from the Energy Department continue to show that crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia to the U.S. have increased since the agreement went ...


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Rouhani Plays Reformist to Defeat Hardliner Raisi

In a fight for his political life in May 19 elections, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is donning a reformist mantle in an effort to attract the votes ...



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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday he wanted Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, removed from his ...



Trump waives nuclear sanctions but slaps Iran on missiles, human rights

The Donald Trump administration waived nuclear-related sanctions on Iran today in accordance with the landmark nuclear deal while ripping the country over its ballistic missile ...



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