Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister, US envoy discuss Yemen developments

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Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman held a meeting with United States Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking on Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in Yemen.

The US National Security Council’s coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk was also present at the meeting.

Prince Khalid, who is the most senior Saudi official to visit the US since President Joe Biden took office, held extensive high-level talks in Washington during his visit.

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During talks with Lenderking, the deputy defense minister said he “affirmed the Kingdom’s continued support for the brotherly Yemeni people and their legitimate government.”

He also “discussed the latest efforts to reach a political resolution to the conflict that will achieve stability and security in Yemen.”

On Tuesday, Prince Khalid met with US Secretary of Defense Llyod Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, and US Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl.

After the talks on Tuesday, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said that US officials “reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s right” to defend its territory and its people from cross-border attacks.

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