Today, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia to discuss the U.S.-Saudi bilateral defense relationship ahead of Prince Mohammed’s participation at the U.S. -GCC Summit at Camp David on May 14. Secretary Carter emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Saudi strategic partnership and reiterated both countries shared commitment to ensuring a stable and secure Middle East. Secretary Carter also emphasized the importance of working together through bilateral security cooperation to confront the most pressing security challenges in the region. The meeting ended with a discussion of regional issues, including the Gulf Cooperation Council-led air campaign in Yemen, the counter Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) coalition, and ongoing regional negotiations. It was the first face to face meeting of the two defense leaders and at its conclusion, the secretary and the deputy crown prince committed to continuing close consultation on Middle East security issues.
Release No: NR-170-15
May 13, 2015