US Secretary Blinken holds first call with Saudi FM Prince Faisal bin Farhan
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held his first phone call with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan where the two discussed common threats and the historical ties between Washington and Riyadh.
Al Arabiya reported that Prince Faisal congratulated Blinken on his recent appointment as the top US diplomat.
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The Saudi FM expressed Riyadh’s readiness to work with the US to face shared threats to the region's stability and security.
“The two officials discussed the historical, strategic ties between the two countries, as well as other issues of mutual interest,” according to Al Arabiya.
On Thursday, Saudi Arabia welcomed US President Joe Biden's support to the Kingdom in defending its sovereignty and territory against regional threats.
A Saudi statement was released after Biden vowed to "continue to support and help Saudi Arabia defend its sovereignty and its territorial integrity and its people" in his first foreign policy speech at the Department of State in Washington.
Prince Faisal then tweeted, expressing support for the US call to cooperate with the Kingdom in defending its security and territory.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes the United States’ commitment, expressed in President Biden’s speech today, to cooperate with the Kingdom in defending its security and territory.— فيصل بن فرحان (@FaisalbinFarhan) February 4, 2021
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