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Secretary Kerry holds a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Saud al-Faisal, at the Department of State. (State Department photo)


Secretary Kerry holds a bilateral meeting with the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Saud Al-Faisal, at the Department of State. (State Department photo.)

Secretary Kerry holds a bilateral meeting with the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Saud al-Faisal, at the Department of State. (State Department photo.)

Washington, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal met with US President Barack Obama at the White House yesterday.

The meeting, which was not on the president’s public schedule, focused on the conflict in Syria, said spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.

According to the official White House statement, “The president and Prince Saud Al-Faisal reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and discussed developments in the region, including the conflict in Syria.”

The meeting was also attended by the Saudi ambassador to the US, Adel Al-Jubeir, and Osama Nugali, the head of the Information Department at the Saudi Foreign Ministry.

On Tuesday, the Saudi foreign minister met with his US counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry.

Regarding the terrorist attack in Boston, Prince Saud offered Saudi Arabia’s “solidarity with the great people of Boston in this tragedy” and said that the kingdom condemns all “terrorist acts.”

“We have felt the evil of the act of terror. We support the families and we give our condolences to the families of Boston,” he told reporters after the talks.

Regarding Saudi Arabia’s contribution to the US’s ongoing war on terror, the secretary of state said, “There are plots that do not come to pass and were foiled thanks to Saudi Arabia, which provides us with valuable assistance in the field of counter-terrorism, not to mention biometric cooperation.”

“I personally have complete confidence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s capability in this regard, and I have great confidence in the efforts being undertaken by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz on a number of issues,” Kerry added.