U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin hosts Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid
Washington, November 01, 2023, The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, welcomed Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Minister of Defense, in a high-profile meeting held at the U.S. Department of Defense headquarters in Washington. This gathering is a key component of Prince Khalid's official visit to the United States.
Upon his arrival at the U.S. Department of Defense headquarters, Prince Khalid received a formal reception marked by a guard of honor and the playing of both nations' national anthems. Subsequently, Prince Khalid penned a statement in the official visitors' book to commemorate the occasion.
The two defense ministers engaged in official talks during which they revisited the longstanding and robust friendship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States. They reaffirmed the countries' strategic alliance in military and defense domains, exploring avenues to fortify and elevate it. Their discussions underlined the significant regional and global roles that both nations play in advancing global peace and security.
Furthermore, the ministers addressed the latest developments on the regional and international fronts, aligning their efforts with a shared vision. They delved into various issues of mutual concern, underscoring the depth of their cooperation.
The meeting was attended by prominent figures, including Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, and Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant-General Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, along with other senior Saudi and U.S. officials.