Washington: US benefits from Saudi Arabia’s counter-terrorism expertise

State Department Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) Stuart Jones speaks to reporters.

The Department said that the United States benefits from Saudi Arabia’s expertise on counter-terrorism, adding that leaders from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will meet in Washington in one year to review efforts made.

The statement was made by State Department Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) Stuart Jones during a briefing to reporters on Tuesday on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent trip to the Middle East.

“We are consulting the Gulf states on an ongoing basis on counter-terrorism efforts,” Jones told reporters.

Jones pointed to the success of establishing the Global Center for Combating Extremism and Ideology (Eitdal) in Riyadh and said it would help in analyzing and examining the behavior of extremists.

On the outcome of the recently concluded Riyadh Summit, Jones said the summit focused on the center being established in Riyadh as a key counter-terrorism destination.

“Our summit with the Gulf Cooperation Council included a strongly worded statement regarding the Iranian intervention in the Gulf states and other countries such as Bahrain and Syria, and this is a strong message to deter Iranian interference,” Jones said.

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