Michael Ratney speaks during an event. File
If confirmed by the Senate, Ratney, who was previously the charge d'affaires at the US embassy in occupied Jerusalem and the US special envoy for Syria, would be the first career diplomat to serve as ambassador to Riyadh in three decades.
Ratney, whose official biography says he speaks Arabic and French, has previously been deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Doha and has had tours in Mexico City, Baghdad, Beirut, Casablanca, Bridgetown, and Washington.
State media showed images of Air Force One at the airport in the coastal city of Jeddah after a flight from Israel, making Biden the first US leader to fly directly from Israel to Saudi Arabia.
The agreements include deals with U.S. aerospace and defence firms Boeing and Raytheon, as well as healthcare companies Medtronic, Digital Diagnostics, and IQVIA, according to Saudi state news agency.
Pakistan on Saturday summoned the US ambassador for an explanation after President Joe Biden described the South Asian country as "one of the most dangerous nations in the world" and questioned its nuclear weapons' safety protocols.
Saeed Thani Hareb Al Dhaheri conveyed to Erdogan the greetings of President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan as well as their sincere wishes to his country and people for further development and prosperity.
With over 500 international and local brands on display, the 52nd edition promises to be its most dazzling yet, culminating in a grand finale this Sunday.
Exhibition plays an educational role by providing valuable insights into proper nutrition, veterinary care, and overall maintenance of animals.
Muizzu was leading the count with 54% of the vote against 46% won by Solih, local media reported. Maldivians also voted at polling stations in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Britain and Abu Dhabi.