President Donald Trump on Wednesday arrived in Saudi Arabia, where he spent his first foreign trip as president on a two-day trip.
The president’s arrival in Riyadh was expected to be one of the most anticipated, as he will be on the same diplomatic list as President Muhammad bin Nayef, who is the ruler of Saudi Arabia.
The president was accompanied by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s new ruler, and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s wife, Crown Princess Thani, who has assumed power in the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia, a major oil producer, has been the subject of international criticism over its human rights record, and human rights groups have criticized the kingdom for its crackdown on dissidents.
Trump’s trip comes as the kingdom continues to deal with an ongoing conflict with Houthi rebels who seized the capital, Sanaa, in 2015.
The United States has backed the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels, which includes Arab allies including Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
The Houthis, also known as Houthis in Yemen, have taken control of parts of the capital Sanaa and other cities, and are now holding about 2,500 people hostage.
The U.S. State Department said in a statement that the visit was an “opportunity for President Trump to reaffirm his commitment to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 and to encourage the parties to continue to engage in a diplomatic solution to the crisis.”