RIYAD: The United States views Saudi Arabia as a vital partner and America is committed to defending the Kingdom, said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“We have a strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia. We are determined to defend the Kingdom, ”he said, welcoming Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan to Washington on Thursday for talks.
“This partnership with Saudi Arabia is important, vital, and in terms of managing some of the most important challenges we face, one for which we are very grateful,” said Blinken, alongside his Saudi counterpart at the meeting. ‘a press conference. Report.
Prince Faisal also praised the strong partnership between the two allies.
“Our relationship has brought immense value to our two countries, but not only to us, also to the region and to the world,” said Prince Faisal.
After their meeting, Blinken reiterated the United States ‘condemnation of the Houthi’s attacks on the Kingdom and the United States’ commitment to help Saudi Arabia defend its territory and its people, spokesperson Ned Price said. of the State Department.
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry said diplomats stressed the importance of promoting joint efforts to stop the continued attacks by the Houthi militia against civilian and economic facilities, ending the threat they pose to the nation. international navigation and prevent it from using the suffering of the Yemeni people for blackmail and as bargaining chip.
Discussions also focused on “the common goal of achieving a lasting solution to end the conflict in Yemen,” Price said.
Prince Faisal called the meeting fruitful, saying there had been discussions on “ways to strengthen our strategic partnership and cooperation on multiple fronts”.
The two sides also discussed Iran’s nuclear program and relevant international negotiations, the Saudi ministry’s statement said.
Prince Faisal and Secretary Blinken also stressed the importance of supporting everything that ensures security and stability in Afghanistan.
Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Princess Reema bint Bandar, tweeted after the meeting: “Our two countries enjoy a strong and deep relationship that spans decades, and we will continue to work together on all fronts to consolidate our partnership “.
Ahead of the meeting, the two men said issues such as regional security, climate change and energy would be on the agenda.
“We have a lot of work that we do together on a variety of very important issues, from climate to energy in Yemen to Iran,” Blinken said.
Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat added: “We are going to talk about regional security and how we can work together on it, but also, as you mentioned, about climate change, energy. , recovery from COVID-19. ”