US, Saudi Arabia Share Similar Views on the Region

Washington – Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman reviewed strategies to fight terrorism and other defense issues with US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday in Washington.

A statement issued by the Pentagon said both defense officials examined US-Saudi military cooperation in the fight against ISIS.

Mattis and Prince Mohammed also discussed “confronting Iran’s destabilizing regional activities,” the statement added.

Several US senior officials were present at the meeting, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Senior Advisor to the US President Mr. Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser H.R McMaster, senior counselor to the President for Economic Initiatives Ms. Dina Powell and others.

Discussions also touched on the latest regional and international developments, as well as efforts to fight terrorism.

At the outset of the meeting, the two parties expressed their satisfaction with the level of rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and the US on issues and files that have been jointly reviewed. They also agreed to undertake several mutual initiatives in defense cooperation.

On the Saudi side, the meeting was attended by Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet Dr. Musaad Al-Aiban, Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir; Chief of the General Intelligence Khaled Al-Humaidan, as well as other officials.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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