John Kerry visits Saudi Arabia to ease fears of rift with ally

Call it the Mending Fences tour.

Monday's stop: Saudi Arabia, where Secretary of State John Kerry said he was determined to "make certain the Saudi-U.S. relationship is on track" amid deepening tensions between the United States and its longstanding ally.

Typically private regarding its diplomatic dealings with the United States, the Kingdom has been unusually vocal lately about its unhappiness with American policy.

There isn't a burning issue in the Middle East on which Washington and Riyadh are not at odds, starting with the conflict in Syria. The Kingdom, a main backer of the Syrian opposition, was reportedly aghast when Washington put on hold planned military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's regime...


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