Foreign Minister Underscored the Strength of Saudi-US Relations, Addressing Continued and Expanded Areas of Cooperation
January 18, 2017
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir said "the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have had a historic strategic partnership, if not alliance, since World War II; that relationship continues. We expect it to broaden and deepen and grow stronger. Our interests are aligned when it comes to the issues of the region. Minister Al-Jubeir added that the Kigdom and the U.S. "have a very, very strong people-to-people relationships with the U.S., and I expect that this will continue.”
Minister Al-Jubeir said that Iran must be held accountable for its support of terrorism, violation of ballistic missile arrangements and for its interference is the affairs of the countries in the region. “Iran has been single-handedly the most important supporter of terrorism in the region. Iran has supported, created and supported Hezbollah. Iran has harbored terrorists,” said the foreign minister.
On the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Minister Al-Jubeir stressed that the Arab Peace Initiative remains on the table. “Our hope is that there will be enough courage and enough political will on both sides to be able to move to settling this longest conflict in our region,” he said.
Minister Al-Jubeir said that the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) legislation passed by the U.S. Congress last year has undercut the foundation of sovereign immunity, turning “the international order into the law of the jungle.
”Our hope is that wisdom will prevail and the Congress will do the right thing and make the adjustments,” the foreign minister added. “The country that has the most to lose from dilution of sovereign immunities is the United States itself. And American officials know this. Because America has the largest footprint in the world, they operate all over the world. They’re fighting wars all over the world. They provide weapons to countries all over the world. If that principle is eroded, then the US could be sued in virtually every country in the world.”