US guided-missile destroyer makes port visit to Jeddah

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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Nov. 16, 2017) – Consul General Matthias J. Mitman, left, Saudi Arabian Navy Commander Abdullah Al Juaid, middle, and Commander Allen Siegrist, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), cut a cake aboard the James E. Williams during a reception for distinguished diplomatic guests in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colbey Livingston/Released)
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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Nov. 17, 2017) - Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) handle line as the ship departs Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colbey Livingston/Released)
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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Nov. 15, 2017) - Chief Fire Controlman James Novak, from Madison, Ohio, gives a tour of the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) during a port visit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colbey Livingston/Released)
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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Nov. 15, 2017) - Lt. Leighton Pleasants, from Stuart, Fla., explains control functions of an MH-60R Seahawk attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46 aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) during a port visit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colbey Livingston/Released)
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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Nov. 16, 2017) - Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) played a soccer game with Saudi Arabian players during a port visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colbey Livingston/Released)
Updated 22 November 2017
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US guided-missile destroyer makes port visit to Jeddah

JEDDAH: The USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), a guided-missile destroyer in the US Navy, made a port visit to Jeddah on November 14-17, 2017. James E. Williams is deployed to the US Fifth Fleet area of operations to support maritime security operations and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.
Sailors assigned to the James E. Williams played a friendly soccer match with Saudi Arabian players on November 16.
Commander Allen Siegrist, commanding officer of USS James E. Williams, welcomed guests to the ship during a reception at the Jeddah port on November 16.
Consul General Matthias J. Mitman delivered remarks to an audience of diplomats, sailors, and Saudi government officials, and thanked the sailors for their distinguished service in the US Navy. Rear Admiral Abdullah Al Juaid, Commander, Royal Saudi Naval Forces - Western Fleet, also addressed the guests highlighting US-Saudi naval cooperation.
Reception guests enjoyed a rare opportunity to tour the guided-missile destroyer.


White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

Updated 22 October 2018
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White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

WASHINGTON: Speaking about Saudi Arabia's investigation into the case of the late Jamal Khashoggi, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said that the Trump administration is still in "fact-finding phase."

"We're getting facts in from multiple places and once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe, and what we think is credible and what we think is not credible," Kushner said on Monday

"We have our eyes wide open. The president's focused on what's good for America, what are our strategic interests, where do we share interests with other countries let's work towards those," he added.

Kushner stressed that Saudi Arabia was an "important ally" of the US, and a "critical partner," especially in countering Iran's influence in the Middle East.

Kushner also said he had spoken to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the case.