JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) – Saudi King Abdullah and security czar Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz have held talks with top intelligence and counter-terror officials from the United States and Canada, the SPA news agency reported.
John Brennan, assistant to US President Barack Obama for homeland security and counter-terrorism, discussed in Jeddah on Sunday “issues that concern the two countries” with King Abdullah, Deputy Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif and intelligence chief Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, the state news agency said without elaborating.
Brennan also held talks with Saudi Interior Minister Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, the country’s senior domestic security official for 35 years.
“The meeting focused on the need to … build strong and fruitful cooperation to reduce the spread of terrorism in all countries in the world, especially in the Middle East, and the importance of working together to fight Al-Qaeda and terrorism,” SPA said.
Separately the Saudi king and his security officials met Richard Fadden, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, to discuss “issues of mutual interest.”
The meetings with King Abdullah were also attended by Saudi ambassador to the United States Adel Jubeir, a close advisor to the Saudi king on foreign affairs.