CIA Director Mike Pompeo met on Monday with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Mohammed Bin Salman has made a slew of changes in Saudi Arabia since becoming crown prince, most notably pledging to eradicate extremism in Saudi Arabia. Rumors have been flying that King Salman intends to abdicate in favor of his son during his lifetime.
For the current Saudi leadership, like many neighboring Sunni states, the number one enemy is Iran. This has been compounded since the Iran Deal made by the Obama administration, which saw Iran gain regional influence at the expense of America’s Arab allies. As a result, Saudi Arabia is moving closer to its old enemy Israel, as mutual fears of the ayatollahs prompt a re-evaluation of national priorities.