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Khalid Bin Salman, Blinken Review Ways to Strengthen Saudi-US Ties

Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the meeting, they reviewed the strategic and historical relations between the Kingdom and the United States and ways to strengthen them, SPA said.

The latest developments in Yemen were also discussed, as the Deputy Minister of Defense affirmed the Saudi-led Arab Coalition's support for the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council, and the Kingdom's aspirations for the Yemenis to reach a comprehensive political solution that would move the country to peace and development.

Also, the Deputy Minister of Defense stressed that the international community should pressure the Houthi militias to open Taiz roads, deposit the revenues of Hodeidah port and engage seriously in peace efforts to move Yemen to security, stability, construction and prosperity.

Prince Khalid and Blinken also affirmed the two countries' common vision to confront Iran's destabilizing policies in the region.

They said there should be security and diplomatic coordination between the two states to confront Iranian threats, including dealing with Iran's nuclear program and its development of ballistic missiles as well as its sponsorship of terrorism.

“We discussed developments in the region, and our cooperation on issues of mutual interest, in order to preserve regional stability and security,” said Prince Khalid on Twitter.

The Deputy Minister of Defense also met with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman.

During the meeting, they discussed a number of issues of common interest, mutual coordination and continuous cooperation between the two countries to achieve support for efforts in maintaining security, peace and stability in the region and the world.

They also reviewed developments the Kingdom is witnessing within the framework of its Vision 2030, commending the cooperation and dialogue between the two countries on the basis of mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs.