China's foreign ministry describes Xi's trip as the "largest-scale diplomatic activity between China and the Arab world" raising concerns in Washington DC.
The move comes following efforts by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "in continuation of (his) commitment to the humanitarian initiatives towards the Russian-Ukrainian crisis", Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry says.
Saudi state media showed images of Air Force One at the airport in Jeddah after a flight from Israel, making Joe Biden the first US leader to fly directly from there to an Arab nation that does not recognise it.
A senior Biden administration official has confirmed the decision to transfer a large number of Patriot antimissile interceptors to Saudi Arabia as the kingdom insists they are critical to their defence system.
British PM Boris Johnson is visiting the two Gulf countries in a stepping-up of his efforts to starve Moscow of its income from fossil fuels.
Saudi Arabia enjoyed a widespread bout of solidarity after the Khashoggi report, but as US-Saudi tensions grow, GCC states may find themselves in a perpetual balancing act.
The UK has decided to cut aid to victims of the conflict but won't stop selling arms to those perpetrating large scale atrocities against civilians.
President Joe Biden says the US will make an announcement on Saudi Arabia, following an intelligence report that found the crown prince had approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Saudi-led military coalition says Iran-allied Houthis launched a ballistic missile toward Riyadh and three booby-trapped drones toward the province of Jizan, with a number of other drones being monitored.
Talking to the Guardian, former detainees talk about what happened at Riyadh Ritz-Carlton Hotel after it was used to imprison members of Saudi Arabia’s business and political elite as part of Crown Prince bin Salman’s so-called corruption purge.
Saad al Jabri said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants him killed because he knows too much about the prince’s allegedly corrupt business dealings as well as the setting up of a group of mercenaries called the Tiger Squad.
It is rare for Saudi Arabia to report on the health of the ageing monarch, who has ruled the top oil exporter and the Arab world's biggest economy since 2015.
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