During a visit by US President Joe Biden, the US and Saudi Arabia made a series of agreements ranging from the removal of peacekeepers from a vital island off the Saudi and Egyptian borders to collaboration in mobile technology.
The US also applauded previously planned accelerated oil production increases by OPEC+, a group that includes Saudi Arabia and Russia, in a statement released after Biden met with senior Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
According to the statement, US and other peacekeepers will depart Tiran island, where they have been stationed since 1978 as part of the negotiations that led to an agreement between Israel and Egypt. Tiran is located in a key location between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, leading to the Israeli port of Eilat.
According to the statement, Washington also applauded Saudi Arabia’s decision to open its airspace to commercial aircraft flying to and from Israel, which had previously been prohibited with few exceptions.
Other announcements included a collaboration deal on 5G and 6G mobile technology, as well as a cybersecurity partnership.