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Saudi official discusses Iran and Yemen, on visit to United States

July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON: On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister became the highest-ranking Saudi envoy to visit Washington since Joe Biden took office in January, meeting with senior officials about the Yemen war and Iran’s threats.

The two officials discussed the US-Saudi partnership, regional security, and “the US commitment to assist Saudi Arabia in defending its territory as it faces attacks from Iranian-aligned groups.”

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The prince also met with Colin Kahl, the US defense undersecretary for policy, and the two talked about “efforts to end the war in Yemen and the shared US-Saudi commitment to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities,” among other things, according to the Pentagon.

The meetings were intended to give Saudi Arabia a sense of how relations with the US have shifted since former Republican President Donald Trump’s pro-Saudi policies.

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