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The visit of US President to the Kingdom is beginning to build a new era: Saudi Foreign Minister

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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld-Sha'ban25,1438H) Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir affirmed that the visit of President Donald Trump to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a beginning of building a new era in bilateral relations and enhancing cooperation between the two countries and the Arab and Islamic world, Saudi Press Agency reported.

In a joint press conference with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson, Al-Jubeir pointed out that the strategic partnership agreements, co-signed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and President Donald Trump of the United States of America will develop into a strong strategic partnership.

Foreign Minister said that extremism and terrorism will be addressed through combating them, in addition to increasing defense capabilities and joint defense cooperation, describing the visit as historic and opens the bonds of mutual cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade, investment and education, promoting cooperation against challenges facing both countries.

Al-Jubeir said that the signed agreements between the leaders of the two countries to strengthen the strategic partnership are unprecedented. "We would like to move forward with this partnership," he added. The two countries have signed a series of trade agreements between the two governments, including commercial, infrastructure and technological investments, pointing out that the value of the signed contracts exceeded $ 380 billion over the next ten years and will provide many opportunities between the Kingdom and the United States.

He added that the technological transformation between the two countries will enhance the growth of the economy and increase the opportunities of American investments in the Kingdom, revealing the most important talks held by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques with President Trump focused on facing the challenges, improving bilateral relations in various fields, pointing out to the danger of terrorism, extremism, financing terrorist organizations and ways to combat them and elimination of Iran's terrorist actions. He assured that there are decisions taken to stop Iran's terrorism financing, cross-border missiles and violation of human rights in Iran, as well as stop Iranian interference in countries of the region.

On the war in Yemen, Al-Jubeir stressed that it is not a hostile war with the brothers in Yemen, pointing out the role of the previous Gulf initiatives that sought to transfer power to President Abderbo Mansour Hadi, indicating that Yemen is currently in transition through the national dialogue which includes all parties in Yemen in all regions, tribes and ethnic factions, and working on a political solution through a return to the negotiating table, and the implementation of the outcome of the national dialogue in Yemen.

Al-Jubeir said, "We have made some mistakes, we admit these mistakes, we investigate them, but we have been accused of things we did not commit. We were accused of attacks and bombings that we did not commit and did not happen at all. They accused us of blowing up the port of Hodeidah; but, the Houthis are the ones who did this and other things that we did not do. The picture that some are trying to portray is that we are committing hostile acts there and portray the Houthis as victims and that we are wrong, but they are the ones who are trying to launch intercontinental missiles on our country, and they have violated thousands of times the cease-fire and other things and we have made more than 70 agreements."

Al-Jubeir highlighted Saudi aid to Yemen and stressed that the Houthis are the ones who are preventing aid.

Al-Jubeir added, "We do not have hostility towards the Yemenis, but we would like Iran to stop its support and alliance with Hezbollah and others and its support for the militias. We appreciate President Trump's visit and his support for our efforts in Yemen.

The US Secretary of State stressed his country's commitment to partnership with the Kingdom to provide new opportunities to fight terrorism, and to activate the role of the international center for the fight against extremist ideology which is led by Riyadh to fight terrorism in the field of information, and the fight against the organization "Daesh" through electronic fields, stressing the need to focus on penetrating the information field and the creation of sufficient expertise, and the need for GCC cooperation to bridge the gap in infrastructure, refute terrorism and stop terrorists from obtaining any funding or financial support from those who finance and eliminate terrorist organizations.

He said, "We are proud of our relationship with the Kingdom, and we count very much on it under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and that this day is historic in the relationship the two countries," stressing the work of the two countries to coordinate efforts to combat the Iranian extremism and ways of the functioning of the Iranian nuclear program.

In response to the Iranian elections and the impact on the situation in the region, The US Secretary of State said, "We are open to dialogue with anyone, and we are ready to cooperate with them and talk to them in a timely manner," stressing the need to put pressure on the Yemeni parties to find an appropriate solution given the tragic situation witnessed by the Yemeni people.

The US Secretary of State said, "I hope that Rohani in his new mandate to start to dismantle terrorist networks and stop the supply of finance and anything provided by Iran to these terrorist groups which exist in the region and end intercontinental ballistic missile program, and we want to strengthen the right of the Iranian people to freedom of expression so that they live the life they deserve and this is what we hope to come by the recent elections in Iran," calling on Rohani to change Iranian relations with the rest of the world.

In turn, Foreign Minister Dr. Adel Al-Jubeir said that "the judgment on Iran is by its actions and not what it says, they are the ones planting terrorist cells in the kingdom, and provide militias like Hezbollah and al-Huthi with weapons and means of destruction, and interfere in the affairs of Arab countries such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen and support terrorism, and provided support to Al-Qaeda, and many al-Qaeda leaders have been living in Iran for 15 years now. They have links with the Taliban, which seek to destabilize Afghanistan, and carried out many terrorist operations in the Kingdom and Bahrain in 1996 as major general Alshareef, who is the one who was planning and leading these acts, escaped to Iran and since then we have not heard about him," asserting that this behavior is not good and reflects lack of respect for the relations Iran is seeking, calling for behavior in accordance with international law, welcoming Iran to a new world living in peace, without interfering in the affairs of other countries.