Saudi Arabia’s ‘New Assertive’ Foreign Policy

  • Dec 29, 2013 – King Abdullah met with visiting French President Francois Hollande. They talked about the full spectrum of Saudi-Franco relations. [Arab News]
  • Dec 29, 2013 – Saudi Arabia pledges $3 billion for the Lebanese Army to buy equipment from France. [Arab News]
  • Dec 20, 2013 – Saudi Arabian National Guard chief Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah announced the GCC would create a 100,000-man strong military force. [Al-Monitor]
  • Oct 7, 2013 – Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal cancels delivery of speech to annual UN General Assembly session signaling Kingdom’s frustration with international reaction to Syrian crisis. [Al-Monitor]