On March 22, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted the minister of foreign affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Adel Al-Jubeir, for an Alan and Jane Batkin International Leaders Forum. In his remarks, the foreign minister provided perspectives on Saudi Arabia’s role as a regional leader for stability and reconstruction. He also discussed the importance of maintaining key bilateral relationships to promote the restoration of security and stability in the Middle East.
An alum of Georgetown University, Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir previously served as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States until he was appointed foreign minister by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz on April 29, 2015.
Brookings President John R. Allen provided introductory remarks. Following the foreign minister’s address, Brookings Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Bruce Jones, joined him for a conversation on these themes. Questions from the audience followed the discussion.
The Decision Support Center, a Saudi institute established by the Kingdom’s Council of Ministers, provides philanthropic support to Brookings. Brookings is committed to independence and the views expressed at the event are solely those of the speaker.
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Initially, it seemed Turkey was seeking a bargain with or financial support from Saudi Arabia. But it increasingly appears that Turkey is seeking to inflict maximum damage on [Mohammad bin Salman].
Both Egypt and the UAE have come out defending the Saudis. Perhaps they also played some role in the operation. There is no evidence of that aside from the suspicious stops in Cairo and Dubai.