By MARGARET L. SCHNEIDERAPfjmJUfkTmSf/JUULIAN LUTHER FOR TIME U.S. Ambassador to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was welcomed with flowers and a traditional Arab prayer on a visit to the kingdom’s holiest sites last year.
It was his second visit in just over a year to the archipelago nation of more than 200 million people, a country he has been trying to revive since his time in the Bush administration.
But the king’s new visit was marred by security concerns and the arrest of two Americans on terrorism charges.
Here are five things to know about the king.
The Saudis have made a big deal about security at the holy sites.
For years, U.N. experts have warned that the kingdom was susceptible to attacks by militants, and security concerns were on the rise in the kingdom.
Last year, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, said the kingdom is “on guard” after several suicide bombings in the capital, Riyadh, killed dozens of people.
King Salman has made a point of visiting the holy places regularly.
In a recent visit, the king visited a mosque and a shrine, and was greeted by a large group of people who held up placards calling him “the most compassionate ruler in the world.”
The kingdom has also taken steps to restore the kingdom to its pre-9/11 status, when its government was considered secular and ruled by a monarchy.
The kingdom’s top religious authority, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin-Mubarak Al-Harith Al-Sabah, has also made several public appearances to address public concerns about security.
The king has been pushing for a more assertive U.K. role in the Middle East.
Last month, the kingdom announced plans to deploy an American fighter plane to Bahrain, a Sunni-ruled Arab country that has become a key U. S. ally in the region.
It also announced plans for a $6.5 billion American military aid package for Bahrain.
The U. K. has made significant efforts to rein in the monarchy.
During his visit, King Salman said he wants to ensure that the country’s monarch is respected and that there is no conflict of interest.
He also said the crown prince should step down.
But Salman is not giving up on his ambitions to revive the Saudi monarchy.
He is also working to create a new dynasty in the country and restore his father’s power.
The crown prince has tried to limit the role of the kingdom and the military in foreign policy.
Saudi Arabia is deeply concerned about Iran’s ambitions in the Arab world and has taken steps, including the expulsion of a number of Iranian diplomats, to curtail the activities of some key U (S) and international groups in the Persian Gulf.
The United States has repeatedly warned Saudi Arabia not to destabilize the region by supporting Iran or any other nation.
The Trump administration has also signaled that it will not back down from its support for the kingdom, despite the risks to its own diplomatic and economic interests.