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the surprise appointment of washington veteran ogle all jubeir as saudi foreign minister may help rewrite the recent narrative that the united states and saudi arabia are drifting apart jubeir saudi arabia's ambassador to the u. s. since two thousand seven is viewed as a sophisticated washington player and also the first non royal ever appointed to head the country's foreign affairs reporter mark closing ball has known and covered you bear from more than thirty years if i think the point of the press like i told you bear a to be their new foreign minister demonstrates that saudi arabia is moving closer to the bottom world and his internally become , the kingdom of subject the largest military operations in yemen it was your bear who was asked to announce the launch of the air campaign against iranian backed houthi rebels in yemen , fending it as a way to block tehran's growing influence in the region , president obama's outreach to around riyadh's regional rival is one factor leading to strains between the u. s. in the saudis this saudis are not totally happy that the united states adopted supporting them as much as it certainly could do and confronting iran critically in confronting the toothy rebels in yemen , who's the most is the appointment of your bear and a new crown prince with strong u. s. ties mohammed bin nayef will help ease friction between the two longtime allies adult would be the ideal person almost to sort of try and help the united states and , the saudis , reach some sort of agreement accommodation on these issues so you know , my guess is that thought that's exactly why he is being promoted here , your guy's apartment also completes his emergence as the face of a new more assertive saudi foreign policy , and part of a larger ship towards younger leadership in riyadh