According to the State Department, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah on Tuesday.
“The Secretary expressed appreciation for Saudi Arabia’s leadership in hosting the D-ISIS Ministerial and stressed our joint continued efforts to fight terrorism,” said spokesperson Matthew Miller in a statement.
“The two reaffirmed their shared commitment to advance stability, security, and prosperity across the Middle East and beyond, including through a comprehensive political agreement to achieve peace, prosperity, and security in Yemen,” Miller added.
“The Secretary also emphasised that our bilateral relationship is strengthened by progress on human rights.”
The two men also discussed expanding economic collaboration, particularly in the fields of clean energy and technology.
Blinken also commended the Crown Prince for Saudi Arabia’s assistance in removing US people from Sudan, as well as the Kingdom’s ongoing involvement in diplomatic efforts to end the war there.
Blinken will attend a ministerial conference with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on Wednesday “to discuss growing cooperation with our GCC partners to promote security, stability, de-escalation, regional integration, and economic opportunities across the Middle East.”
Blinken and Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan will co-host another ministerial meeting on the international coalition to battle the Daesh/ISIS terrorist organisation on Thursday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.