US Blinken in first phone call with Saudi counterpart

    The call comes after President Biden’s announcement that he was ending US support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has discussed the “common challenges” faced by Washington and Riyadh in his first phone call with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan on Saturday, state media said on Saturday.

    Bin Farhan congratulated Blinken on his appointment and said that Riyadh looks forward to working with Washington, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

    The state was eager to cooperate with the administration of US President Joe Biden to maintain “security and stability” in the region, it said.

    The agency said Blinken and bin Farhan also discussed “historical and strategic relations” between the two countries.

    The first call was made to the UAE minister of foreign affairs on Thursday after Blinken assumed his new role in the Gulf state.

    The blink-bin Farhan phone call comes after Biden announced on Thursday that he was ending US support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, where he has been sidelining the government against Iran-aligned Houthi rebels since 2015 Is included to do.

    Biden also said that his administration would cease all support, including arms sales, to Allied Saudi Arabia in the war, resulting in the world’s worst humanitarian disaster in Yemen.

    He Timothy Landerking, an experienced diplomat with extensive knowledge of the region, was also appointed as the US Special Envoy for Yemen.

    Counter threat

    Saudi Arabia reacted to Biden’s decisions welcoming his commitment to cooperate with the state to protect its sovereignty and counter the threat against it, the SPA said.

    State Department spokesman Ned Price noted that Biden clarified that the United States still supported Saudi Arabia outside the Yemen war.

    He The administration’s stance in reviewing every arms deal has been described as “returning to standard procedures”.

    In support of the Saudi war in Yemen, Biden was fulfilling a campaign promise for activists who feared victims.

    The six-year-long war in Yemen killed tens of thousands and displaced millions.

    Yemen’s internationally recognized government, backed by Saudi Arabia, and the Houthis have welcomed Biden’s stand and an end to the conflict.

    The US also said on Friday that it wants to revoke a “terrorist” designation for Yemen’s Houthi movement in response to the country’s humanitarian crisis.


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