Thursday, June 11, 2009

Saudi Arabia Finds New Political Muscle in Region

With the weekend election victory of its political allies in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia's traditional clout over Middle East politics appears to be on the rebound, after years of frustration in Riyadh over Iran's regional ascendancy.

Invigorated Saudi influence could be an important crutch in the Obama administration's emerging strategy on Middle East peace. The staunch U.S. ally is seen in Washington as perhaps the only regional powerhouse that can bring unruly Arab neighbors, in particular Syria, into line with the U.S. goal of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal. MORE HERE on Wall Street Journal

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