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A Saudi man walks past the logo of Vision 2030 after a news conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

Riyadh – Todd Buchholz, former White House director of economic policy, said that the presence of US President Donald Trump in Riyadh on Saturday indicates that the US administration will join efforts with Saudi Arabia to work against barbarism, manage Middle East affairs and besiege the Iranian terrorism and greediness.

Buchholz added that Washington is interested in Saudi Vision 2030.

The opportunity awaiting Saudi-US ties will allow mending these ties and reinforcing them, according to Buchholz.

He added that Trump shows high interest in the Iranian nuclear file – Trump has expressed doubts in the Iranian program and said that cooperation with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries is likely as well as working for the sake of defying the Iranian terrorist activity and halting its expansive greed on the regional and international levels.

“On the level of foreign policies and relations, Trump administration will join efforts with Riyadh to cooperate against barbarism,” he added.

Buchholz pointed out that the US can activate its relations with Saudi Arabia as a diverse player in the international economy, hailing that on the long-term this will cause a giant leap in the positive development of both countries.

Before, trade between Washington and Riyadh was highly dependent on oil and military arming, according to Buchholz, but the Saudi Vision 2030 and its goals would increase the non-oil Saudi exports from 16% to 50%.

The US economist pointed out that companies in US will be interested in expanding their partnerships in the fields of technology, health care, education and all sectors that would bring gains to Saudi Arabia.