11:52 GMT +3 hours30 May 2016
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir shake hands after speaking to the media together at King Salman Regional Air Base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 23, 2016.

Kerry Reaffirms Washington's 'Strong Friendship' With Saudi Arabia

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The United States continues maintaining close and friendly relations with Saudi Arabia, US State Secretary John Kerry said Sunday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Saturday, Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia to discuss bilateral and regional issues with the country's senior leadership, as well as the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council states.

He added that Washington would continue its work in the region with its friends and allies to bring stability and prosperity to the Middle East.

"We have as solid a relationship, as clear an alliance, and a strong friendship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as we ever had, and nothing has changed," Kerry said, as quoted in a statement released by the US Department of State.

Riyadh is the key Washington's partner in the region. The two countries actively cooperate in the spheres of energy and security. Saudi Arabia is one of the major oil exporters to the United States, at the same time Riyadh is one of the largest importers of US arms in the world.

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  • jj42
    One bunch of mass murders friends with other mass murders, they all should be on trial for their war crimes.
  • ptcjm
    The Saudis shouldn't trust anything, they will end up as other leaders of the Middle East region as it still is the western oil under the Saudis soil or wherever oil is to be found.
  • Solidly in bed with murdering wahhabbi primitives, they mean.
  • vendor
    When one needs to reaffirm a relationship with another the love is on the rocks.
  • What a total load of B/S. The septic (US) relationship with the ragged S.A. is just as decrepit as the photo. Unless of course it has something with more wars and regime over throws!!!
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