Obama, Saudi interior minister talk counter-extremism efforts

The meeting also focused on U.S.-Saudi cooperation on conflicts in Yemen. (File photos: AFP)

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on Friday in Washington to discuss the ongoing battle against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

According to a White House statement, the officials – joined by U.S. Vice President Biden, discussed a joint "approach to strategic messaging to counter extremism."

The meeting was held in the Oval Office and was closed to the press. It also focused on U.S.-Saudi cooperation on conflicts in Yemen, the White House said.

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia joined the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition, which has striked militant targets in Iraq and Syria, where the extremists have claimed swaths of territory after declaring an Islamic “Caliphate” in June.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44