Washington D.C, 3 June 2023 (TDI): On Friday, the State Department announced that Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken is scheduled to undertake an official visit to Saudi Arabia from June 6 to June 8.
The primary objective of the visit is to engage in discussions regarding significant regional and global matters, strengthen the strategic cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and enhance bilateral ties in the realms of security and economics.
This visit is a part of the United State’s continuous efforts to rebuild and strengthen its relationship with the largest oil-exporting country in the world.
During his trip, Secretary Blinken will engage in constructive discussions with Saudi officials, focusing on advancing mutual interests and addressing critical matters of concern. The meetings will delve into a range of topics, including regional integration, stability, de-escalation, and economic opportunities across the Middle East.
On June 7, Secretary Blinken will participate in a U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministerial, underscoring the growing cooperation between the United States and its GCC partners. The discussions during this Ministerial will revolve around promoting security, stability, and economic growth in the region.
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In addition, on June 8, Secretary Blinken will join Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan in Riyadh to co-host a Ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.
The purpose of this gathering is to underscore the Coalition’s unwavering dedication to tackling the enduring threat posed by ISIS and securing its long-term defeat.
The meeting will highlight the pivotal role played by the Coalition and reaffirm the shared determination of the United States and Saudi Arabia to combat terrorism.
The visit of Secretary Blinken follows the recent visit of White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, reflecting the importance placed on strengthening ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia.