Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Foreign Minister, holds talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday. Later, Prince Saud also held talks with President Barack Obama in the White House. Adel Al-Jubair, Kingdom’s Ambassador to the United States, described the talks as “fruitful and constructive.” — AFP
WASHINGTON — Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Foreign Minister, held fruitful and constructive talks with US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, here Tuesday.
Adel Bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir, Kingdom’s Ambassador to the United States, said the talks came within the framework of continuing consultations and coordination between the two countries concerning bilateral relations and ways to further enhance them.
Prince Saud also handed over a message to President Obama from King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
A White House statement said: “The President and Prince Saud affirmed the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and discussed recent developments on key regional issues of mutual interest.”
Obama asked Prince Saud to convey his best wishes to King Abdullah, the White House said.
The United States and Saudi Arabia cooperate closely on all key regional issues, including tensions in the Gulf with Iran which have recently spiked as the West tightens nuclear sanctions on Tehran.
Washington and Saudi Arabia also have mutual interest in easing instability spawned by violence and a political crisis in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia has also frequently called on Obama to pressure Israel to return to negotiations on a Palestinian state, but the US administration has been able to show little progress on the issue.
Obama will return to Middle East diplomacy next week, when he hosts talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Tuesday at the White House. — Agencies