The way a country's citizens feel about another country may or may not reflect the official views of its government. So, what about Saudi Arabia? Does Saudi Arabia dislike the United States? The governments have had a back-and-forth relationship over the years, but the Saudi government generally ends up saying the alliance is strong. However, in 2009, the Saudi government complicated matters by including the letters "USA" on a list of "lewd" letter combinations that wouldl be banned from license plates. Saudi Arabia has never explained why the letters "USA" were deemed to be inappropriate. According to the Saudi newspaper Al Watan, over 90,000 personalized license plates with banned letter combinations would need to be replaced.
Some interesting tidbits about Saudi Arabia:
- Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the world without a river.
- Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud became King of Saudi Arabia in January 2015, after the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah.
- Saudi Arabia follows the Islamic Lunar Calendar, which began in 622 A.D., the year the Prophet Muhammad fled from Mecca to Medina.