Quincy Agreement

The content of this meeting on the Quincy was marked by a disagreement over the future of Palestine: the FDR argued in favour of a Jewish state and Ibn Saud protested for the Jews to have their state in Bavaria. But the substance was secondary to the good atmosphere of the session. The president scoured his usual cigarette and cocktail to honor the king`s Islamic sentiments. They exchanged gifts and came out very impressed with each other. The two men spoke of a large number of political issues, in particular the project of finding a new homeland for the Jews of Europe in Palestine (Abdul Aziz was vehemently opposed to it). They finally reached an agreement on U.S. support and military training to Saudi Arabia, which was then a young country surrounded by stronger nations, in exchange for oil and political support in the region. “As chief executive of this government, I would not do anything that would be hostile to the Arab people,” Roosevelt later wrote in a follow-up letter to the Saudi king. In February, President Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, known in the West as Ibn Saud, met aboard Quincy. During the meeting, President Roosevelt tried to convince Ibn Saud to support Jewish immigration to Palestine and hoped that Ibn Saud might be able to give constructive advice on the Palestinian issue. It was there that Roosevelt and Saud reached a secret agreement in which the United States would provide Saudi Arabia with military security – military aid, training and a military base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia – in exchange for secure access to oil supplies.

[3] [4] [5] [6] When it comes to business with Saudi Arabia, it is important to understand how government and the economy operate in this complex partnership. Religion and government are closely linked in business relations, decision-makers are essential to the success of commercial efforts, and building a relationship of trust and respect, aware of the Saudi culture, means everything to reach an agreement. During World War II, Eddy OSS was chief in North Africa, including organizing the Arab tribes for Operation Torch. As an Arab spokesman, he later lived in Jidda and was a personal friend of King Abdulaziz. At the king`s request, Eddy served as an interpreter for the two leaders during the days aboard the Quincy and the two heads of state developed an immediate relationship with each other.