Readout of Secretary Carter’s Meeting with Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:
Today, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman in Washington, D.C. The Secretary reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Saudi Arabia strategic relationship and the leaders discussed mutual concerns in the region including the ongoing crisis in Yemen and the importance of reaching a negotiated political settlement there. Building on commitments made at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit hosted by President Obama at Camp David this past May and Secretary Carter’s recent visit to Jeddah in July, Secretary Carter took the opportunity to further conversations on Saudi Arabia’s underlying defense requirements and supporting Saudi efforts to build capacity to counter new and emerging security challenges within the region. Secretary Carter reiterated future regional defense capabilities would need to provide not only conventional deterrence but also address unconventional and asymmetric threats the region is most likely to face from Iran, ISIL and others. Secretary Carter also participated in an earlier meeting today at the White House with President Obama and King Salman bin Abd alAziz along with other members of the Saudi delegation.