Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid Bin Salman met on Wednesday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and a number of other top officials during his official visit to Washington.
In a series of tweets; Prince Khalid said that he discussed bilateral ties and the latest developments in the Middle East in his meeting with the US secretary of state.
“At the @StateDept I had a great meeting with US Secretary of State @SecBlinken to discuss the strategic Saudi-US partnership; review the latest developments in the region; and explore ways to strengthen Saudi-US ties.”
The Saudi deputy defense minister also met with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland.
“I also met with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs @UnderSecStateP to review the coordination between our two countries and discuss opportunities for cooperation over a wide range of issues;” Prince Khalid tweeted.
Meanwhile; the US Department of State in a statement said that Prince Khalid’s meeting with Nuland and Counselor Derek Chollet focused on regional security; support for Saudi Arabia in order to defend itself from cross-border attacks; and improving human rights.
“Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined the group for part of the meeting to discuss efforts to achieve a comprehensive; nationwide ceasefire and also transition to a political process in Yemen; the need for economic reform and humanitarian relief for the Lebanese people; and other key bilateral issues; including human rights;” the statement aslo added.
Earlier in the day; Prince Khalid Bin Salman met with US National Security Council’s coordinator for the Middle East; North Africa Brett McGurk and US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
On Tuesday; he also held extensive talks with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and US Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl.
During the talks; they reviewed the Saudi-US partnership and aspects of strategic cooperation in the military and defense fields between the two countries.