FPI 2013 Forum Cited in Defense News

Defense News’ John T. Bennett writes:

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, warns a weakened or severed US-Saudi relationship would breed “significant negative consequences” for Washington and the region.

Rogers called for US officials to quickly take steps to convince Saudi officials to not “walk down that path.”

But with the US trying to pivot strategically toward Asia, and with energy experts predicting a major American natural resources boon to begin soon, it’s unclear whether the US-Saudi relationship will ever return to its peak.

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told the same Foreign Policy Initiative-sponsored conference here that America’s interests in the Middle East “are shifting.”

Still, Engel said, the US “needs to, I think, remain engaged” there.

Finding a solution in Syria would be a start to mending fences with Saudi leaders, the two lawmakers said.

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