US State Department issues travel warning for Saudi Arabia
The State Department's message comes "due to continuing threats from terrorist groups." Wednesday's statement supersedes an earlier travel warning issued on July 27, 2016.
ISIS, in addition to other extremist organizations, have targeted Westerners, the Saudi government and places Westerners frequent, including religious sites.
Countries the U.S. State Department has issued warnings for
The Saudi government reported a total of 34 terror attacks on their soil in 2016. Many of the attacks were deadly. Authorities have also foiled multiple other plots. In July a suicide bomber was killed and two security guards were injured in an incident that took place near the U.S. consulate in Jeddah. According to NBC News, the attack was organized to coincide with America's July 4th celebrations.
The U.S. also set restrictions for all government personnel and their families, barring them from certain areas of Saudi Arabia -- including anywhere within 50 miles of the Saudi-Yemen border.
Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited the White House earlier this month. President Trump and the powerful prince, who is in charge of his country's finances, discussed oil investments and the ongoing security and military cooperation in protecting from ISIS and other terrorist groups.
President's Trump's embattled travel ban does not directly impact immigrants or refugees from Saudi Arabia, however, the Middle Eastern country will have to abide by a new U.S.measure. Last week a ban on electronic devices larger than a cell phone was announced by the Trump administration. The electronics ban will affect Saudi Arabia Airlines and two airports in Saudi Arabia.