Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia met with White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Jeddah to discuss regional and global developments of mutual interest as well as Saudi-US strategic relations and how to strengthen them in various areas, according to state news agency SPA on Sunday.
Michael Ratney, the US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Brett McGurk, and Amos Hochstein, the US senior adviser for energy security, were among the senior US officials present at the meeting, according to SPA.
Separately, the Crown Prince held another meeting with deputy ruler of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Indian national security adviser Ajit Doval, which Sullivan and the US delegation also attended.
SPA reported that the meeting involved discussions of ways to strengthen ties between the respective countries in a manner that would enhance the growth and stability of the region.
After Sullivan’s visit, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken plans to visit Saudi Arabia in June for a meeting of the Global Coalition to defeat ISIS, Bloomberg reported last week citing people familiar with the matter.
The visits by top-level US administration officials serve as Washington’s latest attempts to smooth over tensions with Saudi Arabia that intensified over contrary energy interests and the OPEC+ decision to cut oil output levels.
Recently, the US and Saudi Arabia combined their efforts to resolve the conflict in Sudan, both urging for a political solution to quickly end the hostilities, and jointly issued a statement welcoming recent negotiation talks between Sudan’s two warrying military factions in Jeddah.
The White House has also recently commended Saudi Arabia’s efforts towards achieving notable progress in ending the Yemen war.