Paris-Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir discussed on Monday with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry regional developments and issues of common concern during a meeting in the French capital.
State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said the two officials reviewed the strong and enduring relationship between their countries and discussed a broad range of regional issues, including Yemen, Syria, and Iran.
The two ministers exchanged views on the Yemeni peace talks being held in Kuwait, and Kerry expressed the U.S. government’s appreciation for the key role Saudi Arabia continues to play in combating terrorism and al-Qaeda in Yemen, in particular.
“Saudi leadership in making available an operations center and contributing the largest number of forces has been indispensable to recent successes, including most recently in al Mukallah,” said Kirby.
The statement said the two ministers exchanged views regarding the fight against ISIS and the restoration of the cessation of hostilities in Syria in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254.
“Kerry provided an update on recent discussions and the situation on the ground, and they both stressed the importance of all sides fully respecting the cessation of hostilities,” added Kirby.