Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States said on Wednesday that maintaining the long-standing strategic partnership between Riyadh and Washington was "beyond critically necessary" for global stability.
"Yes there was a moment of conflict and disagreement, but that doesn't take away from the fact that we are both strategic allies and we are friends, and this relationship is critical for the world," envoy Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud said at a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
She stressed the importance of the US-Saudi relationship that has weathered 80 years and said that the two countries have "stood by each other where it counts and where it matters".
Saudi finance minister Mohammed al-Jadaan, when asked during the same panel about the visit by China's president to the Kingdom in December, said both China and the United States were very important to Saudi Arabia.
He said the Kingdom, the world's top oil exporter, aims to "bridge the divide" between the two rival economic giants.