King Salman visits Washington for first time as king, confirms support for nuclear deal; Leaders address regional security including Yemen and ISIS in line with US $1 billion arms deal in works with Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met with United States President Barack Obama in Washington Friday, their meeting focused on the nuclear deal with Iran and issues concerning security and stability in the Middle East, such as Syria and Yemen.
It is the King’s first visit to the Washington since taking the throne in January of this year, Saudi Arabian newspaper headlining the meeting “Saudi-American agreement to handle the regional crises.”
The Saudi government supports the nuclear deal, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubier confirmed in a press conference following their meeting stating, “Now we have one less problem for the time being to deal. We can now focus more intensely on the nefarious activities that Iran is engaged in the region.” He added, “The president explained and affirmed that the agreement prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, has a robust and unprecedented inspections regime that includes inspections of all sites… and that has provision for snap back of sanctions should Iran violate the terms of their agreement.”
President Obama addressed Yemen and ISIS following their meeting stating that the United States and Saudi Arabian “share concerns about Yemen and the need to restore a function government that is inclusive and that can relieve the humanitarian situation there.” The United States is reportedly supporting Saudi Arabia’s military with $1 billion arms deal to aid its fight against the Islamic State, as reported by the Pentagon to the New York Times. The arms deal will reportedly involve the US purchasing two advanced modern frigates as well as missiles for F-15 fighter jets.
Obama stated on ISIS, “We continue to cooperate extremely closely in countering terrorist activities in the region and around the world, including the battle against ISIS.”