Saudis’ ‘major shift’ from U.S. called national security threat

WASHINGTON — Leading members of Congress have warned against a shift by Saudi Arabia from the United States.

Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said U.S. national security could be harmed by a decline in relations with Riyad.

“The Saudis are frustrated … pulling away from American interests and publicly stating it,” Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, said.

Rogers urged the administration of President Barack Obama to enhance strategic cooperation with the Saudis.

“I think there would be serious negative consequences in the long run if Saudi Arabia walks down that path,” Rogers said.

“It [war in Syria] is a regional conflict,” Rogers said. “You have regional concerns in the area. The number of foreign fighters exceeds the number of foreign fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Full article: Saudis’ ‘major shift’ from U.S. called national security threat (World Tribune)

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