US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who traveled to the Gulf final week however didn’t go to Saudi Arabia, nonetheless hopes to satisfy Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Pentagon stated Monday.
Austin traveled to the Gulf to thank US allies for his or her help in the course of the huge airlift arrange after the autumn of the Afghan authorities and the Taliban seize of Kabul on August 15.
He visited Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait — however with relations with Saudi Arabia significantly cooler since Joe Biden grew to become US president, a deliberate stopover in Saudi Arabia didn’t happen.
The journey “did not occur for some scheduling points that we understood had been on the Saudi facet,” stated Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
Nevertheless Austin is “completely” prepared to satisfy the crown prince.
“He is the protection minister for Saudi Arabia and we’ve got a robust protection partnership with Saudi Arabia… We absolutely count on that we’ll get an opportunity to get this rescheduled. It was postponed, it wasn’t canceled endlessly,” Kirby stated.
When operating for president Joe Biden vowed to make the Saudi leaders “pay” for his or her function within the homicide of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Once president Biden declassified an intelligence report that discovered that the crown prince — also referred to as MBS — ordered the 2018 killing of Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post who was lured into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
But the US authorities didn’t sanction the crown prince in an effort to keep away from an open disaster with the Gulf oil kingdom.
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