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The Treaty of M.B.S.

So far, it seems, M.B.S.’s diplomatic gambit is paying off.
So far, it seems, M.B.S.’s diplomatic gambit is paying off. Photo: Saudi Royal Council
Julia Ioffe
August 8, 2023

Last weekend, at the extremely marbley Ritz Carlton in Jeddah, on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast, representatives of some 40 countries came together to discuss how to end the war in Ukraine. Not that anyone really got to enjoy the scenery. A senior administration official who was present at the talks told me they were stuck in the “overly air-conditioned” conference rooms, which, the official said, were “bone-chillingly cold.” Nor was anything decided or agreed-upon, really.