Saudi Arabia has the staunch support of U.S. President Donald Trump following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the oil-rich kingdom may make concessions to its American ally in return.
Political analysts say Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may scale back the war in Yemen and the blockade of Qatar. Such moves would allow Saudi Arabia “to show some good faith to the U.S. and to retain the high level of strategic support that it has from the White House,” Emily Hawthorne, Middle East and North Africa analyst at think tank Stratfor, told CNBC.
Saudi officials did not respond to a CNBC inquiry about whether they would change their Yemen or Qatar policies.
In April, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told officials in Riyadh to end its land, maritime and air blockade against Qatar. Saudi Arabia — along with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt — severed ties with Qatar last year, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Qatar denies that it supports terrorism.
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