(AFP) Saudi King Salman expressed hope on Wednesday that US president-elect Donald Trump would bring stability to the Middle East.
“We wish your Excellency success in your mission to achieve security and stability in the Middle East and worldwide,” Salman said in a message of congratulations reported by the official Saudi Press Agency.
He praised the relations which are “historic and tight between the two friendly countries, that all parties aspire to develop and reinforce”.
The United States and Saudi Arabia have a decades-old relationship based on the exchange of American security for Saudi oil.
But ties between Riyadh and Washington became increasingly frayed during the eight-year Democratic administration of President Barack Obama.