OPINION: Relations between autocratic regimes and Western democracies are never easy, but much of the world’s economic growth is based on such things, especially when it comes to oil from the Middle East.

The US-Saudi relationship is one of the most paradoxical of all but an alliance, of sorts, has been made to work.

These relations perhaps reached an apex with US President Donald Trump, whose staunch support of Saudi Arabia extended to the war in the Yemen and in spite of the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.