For Immediate Release
Embassy of the United States of America
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
May 24, 2022
The United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Eight Decades of Shared History, Strong Partnership, and United Vision
On May 23, the Embassy of the United States of America celebrated the 246th anniversary of the United States’ independence and the 80th anniversary of the establishment of its first diplomatic presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The theme of the celebration was “Shared History, Strong Partnership, United Vision,” to highlight the enduring foundation of the strategic ties and friendship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
From the very early days of modern Saudi Arabia, the United States, its leaders, its companies, and its people supported their Saudi friends on their remarkable journey toward success and prosperity. The U.S.-Saudi relationship has naturally evolved over the years. It has grown to encompass trade, culture, education, security, and, especially, the close ties between the Saudi and American people. What has not changed during the past 80 years is the shared vision that has always guided the cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia in these and many other areas.
As Saudi Arabia pursues the ambitious goals of Vision 2030, the United States is supporting the Kingdom’s efforts in the same spirit of partnership that has been one of the key pillars of U.S.–Saudi ties. Today, in every field, in every sector, Americans and Saudis are working together, learning together, conducting research together, and more recently, performing together in concerts, films, and athletic competitions.
This engagement translates into $54 billion annually in U.S.-Saudi trade and investment. U.S. companies have been an integral part of Vision 2030’s economic transformation of Saudi Arabia. The United States and Saudi Arabia also enjoy robust cultural and educational ties. As strategic and G20 partners, the United States and Saudi Arabia are working to advance shared priorities, including the post-pandemic economic recovery, addressing the climate and food security crises, and leading global efforts to enhance environmental protections and sustainability. The two nations are also working together to end the conflict in Yemen, shore up stability across the region, and address many other challenges to global peace and security.
“Shared History, Strong Partnership, and United Vision” forms the solid foundation and clear direction for U.S.-Saudi ties.