US reaffirms ‘strategic defence partnership’ with Saudi after increased attacks from Yemeni rebels

The move, however, came in a call from the Pentagon not the White House.

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The US has reaffirmed its “strategic defence partnership” with Riyadh in the face of increased attacks by Yemeni rebels. The move, however, came in a call from the Pentagon not the White House.US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin condemned the Houthi attacks in a telephone conversation Thursday with his Saudi counterpart, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the official Saudi Press Agency and a Pentagon statement said.

Austin spoke with Prince Mohammed “to reaffirm the strategic defence partnership between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.”Secretary Austin reiterated recent changes in US policy toward the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, discussed the importance of ending the war,” the Pentagon statement said.

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