is determined to return Saudi Arabia to regional and even global leadership to be at the center of it all, Kristin Diwan, senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. The Saudis have a hand in everything at the moment.
The flurry of diplomacy underlines Prince Mohammeds efforts to cement the kingdoms position as a rising power, forging greater independence from the United States, its longtime security guarantor.
Addressing the leaders on Friday, Prince Mohammed told Saudi Arabias friends in the West and the East that the kingdom is focused on peace.
He said it was committed to easing Ukraines humanitarian crisis and is ready to continue to exert mediation efforts between Russia and Ukraine.
To Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, an Emirati political scientist, Mr.
At the same time, Gulf countries want their American and European allies to know that our balanced position on the war between Russia and Ukraine does not mean we are siding with Russia, he said.