Feb. 14, 1945: Franklin Roosevelt became the first president to meet with the king of Saudi Arabia. During World War II, the United States had courted Saudi support, and declared the kingdom's defense to be of vital interest to the U.S. Roosevelt also made the Saudis eligible for Lend-Lease assistance, as he did earlier, and more famously, with Great Britain. Saudi Arabia officially maintained neutrality through most of the war, but as the conflict wound down, King Abdulaziz met with FDR on a U.S. Navy warship in the Suez Canal; it was the beginning of what today continues to be a tacit oil-for-security relationship between the two nations.
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