Pompeo: US commitment to Saudi Arabia is vital to national security

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the United States’ commitment to Saudi Arabia is vital to US national security.

Pompeo stated during a press conference, following his meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu who is on an official visit to Washington, that: “It is the President’s obligations indeed and the US State Department’s duty as well to ensure we adopt policies that further America’s national security. So as the President said today, the United States will continue to have a relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, they are an important partner of ours.”

The statement came as a reaffirmation of President Trump's statement on Tuesday which asserted the strong US-Saudi relationship.

The US Secretary of State further asserted the strong relations between the US and Saudi Arabia by saying: “This is a long historic commitment and is absolutely vital to America’s national security. We are determined to ensure we take care of the American people in all the strategic decisions we make about who we work with around the world.”

Pompeo added: “That is the commitment made today… It is that straightforward.”

For his part, US President Donald Trump confirmed in a statement earlier on Tuesday that Washington would keep the “steadfast” partnership with Saudi Arabia in the face of regional threat from Iran and its activities.

President Trump said in his statement that congress is “free” to “go in a different direction” on Saudi Arabia, but that he will only consider ideas “consistent" with US security.

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