30 Jan '17, 11am

limkitsiang: U.S. Travel Restrictions Put Saudi Arabia in a Bind - MARGHERITA TANCATI in Dubai/AHMED AL OMRAN in R…

By MARGHERITA STANCATI in Dubai and AHMED AL OMRAN in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Wall Street Journal Jan. 30, 2017 Monarchy’s desire to cultivate good relations with Trump administration run counter to outcry in Muslim world over ban Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and home to the religion’s two holiest sites, has long used its religious clout to project its role as a regional leader. Now that same clout has caught the kingdom in a prickly dilemma. The monarchy’s desire to cultivate a better relationship with the Trump administration than it had with the U.S. under Barack Obama is exposing Saudi Arabia to criticism that it is unwilling to stand up for its Muslim allies, particularly those caught in an executive order that restricts entry to the U.S. for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. “The ban puts Saudi Arabia in an awkward position,” said Ibrahim Fraiha...

Full article: https://blog.limkitsiang.com/2017/01/30/u-s-travel-restri...

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