Saudi Arabia plays ‘pivotal role’ in fight against global terrorism: General Abizaid

President Donald Trump's nominee for US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, General John Abizaid, has said Saudi Arabia plays a pivotal role in the fight against global terrorism. (Wikimedia Commons/Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)
Updated 07 March 2019
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Saudi Arabia plays ‘pivotal role’ in fight against global terrorism: General Abizaid

  • Said it would be a “great honor” to work on strengthening the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia
  • Abizaid also blamed the Iranian regime for destabilizing the region

WASHINGTON: Retired four-star Army General John Abizaid, President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia plays a “pivotal role” in the fight against global terrorism.

General Abizaid, speaking on Wednesday at his Senate confirmation hearing, said it would be a “great honor” to work on strengthening the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia.

“In the long run, we need a strong and mature partnership with Saudi Arabia,” Abizaid said. “It is in our interests to make sure that the relationship is sound,” he said.

He added that Saudi Arabia's contribution to tackling extremism had effectively cut off funding networks for Daesh — which he said has been “nearly vanquished on the ground,” but remains a “potent threat” to the US and its allies — and that any “reduction of relations between America and Saudi Arabia” would undermine regional security.

Abizaid also blamed the Iranian regime for destabilizing the region.

Military cooperation with Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen was essential for the “self-defense capabilities of our partners and reduces the risk of harm to civilians,” he added.


Saudi deputy defense minister arrives in Russia for official visit

Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Updated 24 April 2019
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Saudi deputy defense minister arrives in Russia for official visit

  • Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali and other high ranking officials

MOSCOW: A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.