CIA Chief Met Saudi Crown Prince Last Month in Push to Mend Ties

DUBAI—CIA Director William Burns made an unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia last month to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, U.S. and Saudi officials said, as the Biden administration pushes to repair ties with a key Middle East security partner.

The visit took place in mid-April in the coastal city of Jeddah, where the Saudi leadership spent much of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. While details of what the two men discussed weren’t available, recent sources of U.S.-Saudi tension include oil production, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Iran nuclear deal and the war in Yemen.

CIA Chief Burns met with Crown Prince Bin Salmin to try to warm up ties that Biden froze. Trump had a good relationship with Saudi Arabia….We need friends in the Middle East! We need the Saudis to balance evil Iran.