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Tuesday, May 07, 2024

Saudi MBS on Sullivan’s statement on normalization-defense pact inseparabilitynote

In the aftermath of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's meeting with Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS) in Riyadh, U.S. divergent views emerged regarding the path to a strategic defense agreement with the Kingdom.

The unexpected divergence in views, notably expressed by U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on 5/5/2024, has stirred discussion and prompted diplomatic contacts between the two sides.

The following note provides insight into the implications and responses of these developments and MBS’ priorities moving forward concerning:

- The defense pact

- The normalization file

- Palestinian statehood


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