Carol Giacomo of Reuters has a piece up on the dinner I organized with Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Her take on the Ambassador’s talk captures the flavor of an important evening.
The bottom line to Prince Turki’s talk is that at the core of many of the problems in the Middle East is the Israel-Arab conflict, and America must re-engage and move expeditiously to solve this problem. If America fails to do so, the governments in the region who are otherwise largely allied with American interests will have great difficulty sustaining their pro-U.S. positions in light of worsening popular anti-American and anti-Israel sentiment.
I will post his on-the-record comments later today and share some of the other key questions raised without violating an agreement as to what was on and off the record.
— Steve Clemons