Happy Valentine’s Day with FDR and Ibn Saud

In addition to being Valentine’s Day, February 14 is also the anniversary of the arrival of Saudi King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud aboard the heavy cruiser USS Quincy in 1945 for a meeting with US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR was returning from the Yalta Conference–technically he was sailing home from Malta, having flown from there to Yalta (because they rhyme? honestly I don’t know)–and he took the opportunity presented by his slow chug through the middle of the Mediterranean to host a few Middle Eastern, Africa, and European leaders. Ibn Saud was one of his guests. It was the first time Ibn Saud, the first Saudi king, had met an American president.

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