King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud received at his office today US Defense Secretary, Mark Esper.
During the meeting, they reviewed the Saudi-American friendly relationship and aspects of strategic cooperation between the two countries.
They also discussed a number of joint security and defense issues, in addition to the latest situation in the region and efforts exerted towards it.
The meeting was attended by Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Saud bin Nayef, Minister of Interior, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, Deputy Minister of Defense, Minister of State, Cabinet Member, National Security Advisor Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, and Foreign Minister Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Assaf.
US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abi-Zaid, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Katie Wheelbarger, and a number of officials also attended the meeting.
Prince Khaled bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, Saudi Deputy Defense Minister, also met with US Defense Secretary Mark Esper during his visit to Riyadh.
During the meeting, they reviewed Saudi-US relations and aspects of strategic and military cooperation between the two countries, in addition to discussing challenges and threats and common security and defense issues.
The two sides also discussed a number of issues of common concern, to support security and stability and defend common interests against any threats.
It’s noteworthy that US Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Riyadh on Monday for his first visit to Saudi Arabia since taking office this summer, Reuters reported.
The United States deployed troops in Saudi Arabia following the September 14 Abqaiq–Khurais attack, which Washington and Riyadh blamed on Iran.
An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Defense said on October 11, “In accordance with the directives of King Salman, and based on the historical relations and the established partnership between Saudi Arabia and the United States, it was decided to receive additional reinforcements for troops and defense equipment within the framework of the joint work between the Kingdom and the United States to maintain regional security and counter any attempts to threaten stability in the region and the global economy”.
Meanwhile, the Security and Defense Conference of the Chiefs-of-Staff of the GCC states and a number of other countries (Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Britain, the United States, France, South Korea, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, and Greece) was held in Riyadh today. in order to emphasize maritime and air protection, discuss Iranian hostilities, and participate with the capabilities required to protect the security and stability of the region.