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Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed meets Obama, discussed key issues

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(Washington-AlummahWorld, Ramadan 12, 1437 AH, 18 June 2016) US President Barack Obama received at the White House today Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense.

According to Saudi Press Agency the Deputy Crown Prince conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to President Obama. For his part, President Obama sent his greetings to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

During the meeting, they discussed the distinguished historical relations between the two countries.

President Obama expressed his country s commitment to continue cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to serve the interest of the two countries, and to work with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support the security and stability of the Middle East region.

Meanwhile, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir confirmed the Saudi-US relations, which are based on a historical basis and the common well-established interests that endured all challenges.

During a press conference held at the Saudi embassy, in Washington, Al-Jubeir said, following the meeting of the US President Barack Obama with the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, at the White House, that the meeting was constructive and aimed to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

He described the visit of the Deputy Crown Prince to Washington as fruitful and positive, pointing out that the bilateral talks have covered regional issues and several other files, stressing that the Kingdom's position towards the Syrian crisis converged with Washington's position, and indicating that the two countries agree on a political solution to the Syrian crisis and the need for the removal of Bashar al-Assad.

Saudi Arabia is seeking to preserve Syrian territorial integrity, preserving of state institutions and that it had, repeatedly, called for military intervention, in Syria, since the beginning of the protection of civilians, in order to change the balance of forces on the ground to resolve the Syrian crisis, he remarked, adding that this crisis will end, provided that there are no more of Bashar al-Assad, either through political process or by force, he asserted.

On Yemen he said that the coalition led by Saudi Arabia is making every effort to reduce losses, in Yemen, reaffirming that the United Arab Emirates is a key state in the Alliance for the Restoration of Legitimacy, in Yemen, and that its position in the alliance is very clear and fully committed, and that we have no doubt about that.

"We want a political solution in Yemen that would lead to the launch of a transitional phase followed by the reconstruction phase," he stated.

On the other hand, he accused Iran of trying to destabilize the region, saying that "Iran is interfering in the internal affairs of neighboring countries and export terrorism to them", stressing that "there is no change in the position of Saudi Arabia towards Tehran."

Iran is a "country seeking to export its revolution mode, supporting terrorism and trying to destabilize security and stability, in the region," he emphasized.

"Tehran ignite sectarian strife in the region and pursue aggressive behavior," he announced, urging it to respect the principles of good neighborliness and non-interference in the affairs of others. "

Al-Jubeir said that delegation accompanying the Deputy Crown Prince held several meetings, in Washington, including encounters with businessmen, representatives of American companies, members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a group of ministers, in addition with Saudis studying in the United States of America.

He concluded by saying that the meetings with US officials aimed at strengthening existing strategic relationship between the two countries and clarifying Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 to the American administration, stressing that the responses were very positive and underscoring that the relations between the two countries are historical, closely strategic and mutually beneficial, to them.