The Saudis’ Disappearing Influence

The United States and Saudi Arabia established diplomatic relations in 1933, but it would be another decade before the alliance between the absolute monarchy and the world’s most powerful democracy would take root. In 1943, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared Saudi security a vital U.S. interest; Saudi Arabia thereby became the only non-combatant (at the time) to become eligible for lend-lease support. Then, on February 14, 1945, Roosevelt met King Saud, discussing a wide range of issues ranging from energy and security to the Cold War to Jewish immigration into Palestine. The summit would seal a special relationship that would last until the Obama administration.

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