Speaker Paul Ryan Renews Bilateral Ties with Saudi Arabia Visit

Speaker Paul Ryan
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives visited Saudi Arabia as part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation.

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, visited Saudi Arabia as part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation.

Speaker Paul Ryan met with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman. The focus of the Congressional delegation’s visit to Saudi Arabia was strengthening the U.S.-Saudi bilateral partnership following President Trump’s recent visit, as well as continuing discussions on a host of regional threats, including Iran’s existential threat to the stability of the region.

“I’m pleased to be back in Saudi Arabia to discuss our important relationship and shared interest in defeating terrorism and rolling back Iranian aggression in the region,” said Speaker Paul Ryan. “These meetings have been extremely productive, and I look forward to our continued partnership as we work on these critical issues.”

Speaker Paul Ryan also visited Etidal, the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. The vision of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology is to become the main reference in the fight against extremist ideology and promote a culture of moderation. Its mission is to monitor and analyze extremist ideology in order to prevent its spread. The Center will confront extremism by cooperating with related governments and organizations. The Center’s objectives are prevention, awareness and confrontation of extremism and terrorism.

Business and trade were also a focus of the Congressional delegation. While at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, the delegation received in-depth briefings on a range of issues and met with the American Business Group of Riyadh.

Paul Ryan Building on President Donald Trump’s Successful Visit

In May 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, a highly anticipated agreement that deepens the long-standing security relationship between the two nations. The deal includes a $6 billion letter of intent to assemble 150 Lockheed Martin Blackhawk helicopters, and falls as part of an additional $350 billion over the next 10 years.

“This package demonstrates, in the clearest terms possible, the United States’ commitment to our partnership with Saudi Arabia and our Gulf partners, while also expanding opportunities for American companies in the region, and supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in the U.S. defense industrial base,” a White House official said.

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