(WASHINGTON, DC) – Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir conducted several high-level meetings in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss regional issues and bilateral relations.
During these meetings, Minister Al-Jubeir stressed that Saudi Arabia is a force for regional peace and stability in the region, including its efforts to end conflicts in Syria and Yemen.
“Our region, unfortunately, is experiencing many challenges, and the resolution of these challenges is critically important to the future of the region and the world,” said Minister Al-Jubeir. “We are determined to work with our American friends in trying to find solutions to these areas in a way that promotes peace and security for all people of the region as well as people of the world.”
Minister Al-Jubeir reiterated the Kingdom’s plan to deploy ground forces in Syria to fight Daesh (ISIS) if the U.S.-led coalition also deploys ground forces.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was one of the founding members of the coalition against ISIS in Syria. Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries to fly air missions over Syria as part of this coalition, and we continue to be part of this coalition,” said Minister Al-Jubeir.
Minister Al-Jubeir discussed Saudi Arabia’s military campaign to restore the legitimate government of Yemen, stating that the Saudi-led coalition is committed to international law and protecting civilians.
During his visit, Minister Al-Jubeir met with Secretary of State John Kerry, White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice, CIA Director John Brennan and Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson.
In addition, Minister Al-Jubeir conducted meetings with several members of Congress, including Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Bob Corker (R-TN), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ed Markey (D-MA), John McCain (R-AZ), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Reps. Elliot Engel (D-NY) and Ed Royce (R-CA).