Tillerson arrives in Jeddah; Gulf dispute on top of agenda

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Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud with the US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in Jeddah Saudi Arabia

Jeddah: The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today arrived here and met with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud and discussed ongoing efforts to resolve the Gulf dispute.

Tillerson conveyed to the Saudi Crown Prince that he appreciates the joint interests of Saudi Arabia and the US and also the mutual interests in terms of security, stability for the region, and economic prosperity in the region as well. He laid special emphasis on the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Tillerson participated in a Ministerial Meeting With Foreign Ministers from Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. The meeting was attended by Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Earlier from July 5 to 9, Tillerson accompanied President Donald J. Trump on travel to Hamburg in connection with G20 Summit. After that he traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, July 9–10, where he met with senior Turkish officials to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues.

At the invitation of the Emir of Kuwait, Secretary Tillerson traveled to Kuwait July 10 where he met with senior Kuwaiti officials to discuss ongoing efforts to resolve the Gulf dispute. The Secretary traveled to Doha, Qatar July 11 and came to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia July 12.