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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) walks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman to a meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh (REUTERS/Jim Bourg).

Opinion

U.S.-Saudi mark 70 years of rocky alliance

February 13, 2015, Bruce Riedel

Seventy years have passed since the U.S.-Saudi partnership for post-war Middle Eastern stability was forged, which called on the United States to ensure Saudi Arabian security and on the Saudis to ensure U.S. access to oilfields, writes Bruce Riedel. Despite shared values and interests, the U.S.-Saudi diversion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of many examples that highlights incongruence in shared values, explains Riedel.

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