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  • Ahmed Saleh

Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid meets U.S. Secretary of State Blinken

Washington, November 02, 2023, The Saudi Minister of Defense, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, convened a significant meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, hosted at the U.S. Department of State headquarters in Washington. The diplomatic encounter commenced with Prince Khalid's inscription in the official visitors' book.

The discussions between the two ministers centered on the robust strategic relationship shared by their respective nations and explored avenues for its further enhancement. Joint efforts and coordination to de-escalate regional tensions were key points of focus during their dialogue.

Additionally, the meeting delved into areas of collaboration between these friendly countries, aligning with their mutual goal of bolstering regional and global security and stability.

Among the distinguished attendees on the Saudi side were Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S.; Dr. Khalid bin Hussein Al-Bayari, Assistant Minister of Defense for Executive Affairs; Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jaber, the Saudi Ambassador to Yemen; and Hisham bin Abdulaziz bin Saif, the Director General of the Minister of Defense's Office.

On the American side, the meeting saw the participation of key figures, including Brett McGurk, National Security Council coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa; Tim Lenderking, U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen; Henry Wooster, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs; Daniel Benaim, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Peninsula Affairs; and Tom Sullivan, Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of State.

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