U.S.-Saudi relations still strained by Syria

By Liz Sly, May 27, 2014

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The worst rupture in 40 years in U.S.-Saudi relations has been eased — but not healed — by a series of measures aimed at restoring damaged trust.

In a sign of the significance of the relationship, both governments have made strenuous efforts to repair the rift, which emerged after President Obama stepped back last summer from his “red line” on any use of chemical weapons by Syria and declined to launch airstrikes against its government.

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