Prince Khalid bin Salman meets with top US government officials

Prince Khalid bin Salman meets with top US government officials

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman on Thursday said he met top US government officials to discuss regional security and military cooperation.

Prince Khalid, in separate Twitter posts, said he met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

During his meeting with Pompeo, Prince Khalid said they “discussed ways to continue to strengthen the historic ties between our two countries.

Saudi Arabia and the United States “stand side by side in bolstering regional and international security and stability”, Prince Khalid said of his talks with Pompeo.

He and Esper discussed mutual security challenges and reaffirmed “strong military cooperation in countering terrorism and preserving peace and stability”, the prince said.

Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Shi’ite Muslim Iran are locked in several proxy wars in the Middle East including in Yemen and Syria.

The Twitter posts made no mention of them discussing Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies launching attacks on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday.