Meeting with Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud

05/21/2022 07:54 AM EDT


Office of the Spokesperson

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken joined Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s meeting today with His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud, the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in Washington, D.C. The Secretary and Deputy expressed strong support for the UN-negotiated truce and reviewed other recent progress in Yemen, including the resumption of commercial flights from Sana’a and regular fuel imports through Hudaydah, while stressing the need to urgently improve access to Taiz and other cities on the front lines of the conflict. They discussed with the Deputy Minister the enduring U.S. commitment to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s defenses, efforts to counter Iranian threats, and the importance of maintaining strong international support for Ukraine. They also discussed managing pressures in global energy markets stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and reviewed human rights issues as well as Saudi Arabia’s progress on its Vision 2030 program.