Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir stated that there are strong ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia after Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with President Barack Obama.
“With regard to the relationship between our two countries: Yes, I believe they will grow stronger and they will grow deeper in all areas, irrespective of who is in the White House,” Al-Jubeir said. “This relationship is very, very solid…This relationship will go on and continue to flourish, as it has over the past eight decades.”
The prince briefed U.S. officials on Saudi Vision 2030, the comprehensive vision for the Kingdom.
“I think people in the U.S. were very pleased with it and very supportive of the scope of it, the breadth of it, and look forward to working with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its implementation,” he said.
Minister Al-Jubeir, in a press conference at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, also discussed regional issues with countries including Yemen, Syria and Iran. He explained that a Saudi-led coalition has reduced its military operations in Yemen in support of peace talks. In Syria, his country supports a robust intervention against Bashar al-Assad. He also stated that the Kingdom’s position toward Iran has not changed, stating that Iran needs to change the approach it has adopted over the last 35 years if it wants to have normal relations with other countries in the region.