US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, a State Department spokesperson told CNN, the latest step toward rapprochement between the US government and the de facto leader of a key US ally, APA reports citing CNN news.
The two men “affirmed their shared commitment to advance stability, security, and prosperity across the Middle East and beyond” during the meeting, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a statement Tuesday.
Miller said that commitment includes “a comprehensive political agreement to achieve peace, prosperity, and security in Yemen,” adding that Blinken “emphasized that our bilateral relationship is strengthened by progress on human rights.”
Relations between the two countries have been strained in recent years following the torture and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, for which a US intelligence report held the Crown Prince responsible. But in the wake of fluctuating oil prices over the past year – Saudi Arabia this week said it will slash oil output starting in July as part of an effort by producers to shore up crude prices – the Biden administration has sought to reengage with the kingdom.