White House’s Sullivan to travel to Saudi Arabia for talks with crown prince

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan plans to travel to Saudi Arabia this week for talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid a US push for progress toward normalizing relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Talks on normalization had been put on ice in the immediate aftermath of the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on southern Israel and Israel’s subsequent assault on Hamas-ruled Gaza, but conversations have resumed in recent months.

A US official says Sullivan plans talks with the crown prince to check in on the issue but does not expect a major breakthrough.

A second US official says Sullivan will consult broadly on a number of matters.

“He has not been to Saudi Arabia in some time and there’s lots to discuss,” the second official says.

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