US, Saudi officials hold talks on regional security

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and the Kingdom’s ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar met with a visiting US delegation in Riyadh on Sunday.

The American officials included US State Department adviser Derek Chollet, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood, and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Dr. Mara Karlin, along with the Charge d’Affairs of the US embassy in Riyadh Martina Strong.

During the meeting, they discussed the most prominent regional and international issues of common interest. They also touched on strategic relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.

Productive conversations in Riyadh with @derekchollet & a delegation from the U.S @StateDept & @DeptofDefense. Continuing dialogue strengthens our strategic partnership & helps our two countries in addressing regional and international challenges. @FaisalbinFarhan @AdelAljubeir pic.twitter.com/jq1Ji6vxDr

— Reema Bandar Al-Saud (@rbalsaud) May 2, 2021

Earlier on Sunday, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir also met with the visiting US delegation to discuss cooperation to enhance regional and international security and stability, and review strategic bilateral ties, the foreign ministry said.
Saudi ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber and Princess Reema also attended the talks.
The meetings comes as US envoy to Yemen Tim Lenderking and the US ambassador to Yemen Christopher Henzel affirmed on Sunday “the need for a consensus to end the Houthi Marib offensive and for a comprehensive, nationwide cease-fire” in Yemen.
Lenderking held “important discussions” with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Princess Reema during a visit to Riyadh on Thursday “on joint efforts to implement a sustainable political resolution to the Yemeni crisis,” the State Department said.
The Saudi ambassador to Washington said “the cooperation between our two countries is key to establishing long lasting peace.”

#USEnvoyYemen Lenderking & Amb Henzel affirm the need for a consensus to end the Houthi Marib offensive & for a comprehensive, nationwide ceasefire. P5 is determined to see the conflict resolved & welcomed collective action. pic.twitter.com/F7BCvAzWHJ

— U.S. State Dept - Near Eastern Affairs (@StateDept_NEA) May 2, 2021

The meeting comes as US envoy to Yemen Tim Lenderking and the US ambassador to Yemen Christopher Henzel affirmed on Sunday “the need for a consensus to end the Houthi Marib offensive and for a comprehensive, nationwide cease-fire” in Yemen, the State Department said.
Lenderking held “important discussions” with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Princess Reema during a visit to Riyadh on Thursday “on joint efforts to implement a sustainable political resolution to the Yemeni crisis,” the Saudi ambassador to Washington said.
Princess Reema added that “the cooperation between our two countries is key to establishing long lasting peace.”

Important discussions in Riyadh with HRH the Crown Prince and #USEnvoyYemen Tim Lenderking on joint efforts to implement a sustainable political resolution to the Yemeni crisis. The cooperation between our two countries is key to establishing long lasting peace. pic.twitter.com/bN88e1JCMY

— Reema Bandar Al-Saud (@rbalsaud) April 30, 2021

Meanwhile, Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan held a meeting with Strong, via video call.
During the meeting, they discussed aspects of cooperation in the cultural fields between the Kingdom and the US, and the most prominent cultural achievements between the two countries in light of the strong friendship between both countries.
Prince Badr said he appreciated American participation in the Noor Riyadh festival, which was held in the capital earlier this year.

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