Hillary Clinton made it clear that this isn't a man's world anymore when she exposed her ankles during a visit on Friday with Saudi King Abdullah.
The U.S. Secretary of State and one of the world's most well-known female figures talked over Saudi Arabia's role in maintaining a stable world oil supply with the Saudi leader.
The United States and Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, have been strategic allies since the 1940s, but discord over how to respond to Arab popular uprisings strained relations last year.
Grin and bare it: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exposes her ankle during a talk with Saudi King Abdullah
Although the two states have mended the rift, differences persist on regional policy and how to tackle high oil prices.
The United States and other consumer countries fear Saudi Arabia may cut oil output if they release emergency reserves, neutralizing their effort to cool world energy markets.
Clinton met with the king, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and other officials from the Gulf kingdom in Riyadh on Friday, a day before foreign ministers from across the Gulf meet with U.S. officials to discuss regional security.
'They talked about keeping the global oil supply strong in this period and the essential role that Saudi Arabia plays in that,' a senior State Department official told reporters.
Diplomats and industry sources said this week that Western countries may want Clinton to seek reassurance that the Saudis will not undercut their bid to cut their fuel costs.
Oil prices have risen sharply since the start of the year, at one point breaking $128 a barrel, largely because of expanded sanctions imposed on major oil exporter Iran aimed at slowing its disputed nuclear program.
Lady in heels: Mrs Clinton is greeted by Saudi officials before the leaders discuss the world's oil supply
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