The United States and Saudi Arabia agreed on the importance of preventing Iran from “acquiring a nuclear weapon,” the Saudi state news agency (SPA) said in a joint statement.
US President Joe Biden is currently in Saudi Arabia and met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday (15 July).
The statement said Biden also reaffirmed the continued US commitment to “support Saudi Arabia’s security and territorial defenses and to facilitate the Kingdom’s ability to acquire the capabilities necessary to defend its people and territory against external threats.” “.
Tehran and Riyadh, the leading Shia and Sunni Muslim powers in the Middle East, severed ties in 2016 over aiding opposing sides in proxy wars across the region, from Yemen to Syria and elsewhere.
Saudi Arabia and the United States underscored the need to further deter Iran’s interference in “the internal affairs of other countries, its support of terrorism through its armed proxies, and its efforts to destabilize the security and stability of the region,” they said in the statement.
Both sides stressed the importance of maintaining the free flow of trade through strategic international waterways such as the Bab al-Mandab and the Strait of Hormuz.
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