Secretary Blinken’s Call with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
The following is attributable to spokesperson Ned Price:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, to discuss the impending expiration of the truce brokered by the United Nations in Yemen on October 2. The Secretary welcomed Saudi Arabia’s commitment to extending the truce and its efforts to help secure an extension of the truce with its life-saving benefits for millions of Yemenis. He noted that the benefits of the extended truce would include paying teachers, nurses and other civil servants who have not been paid for years, expanding flights from Sanaa, opening routes to Taiz and elsewhere and the guarantee of a continuous supply of fuel. The secretary underscored the importance of the international community’s support for the Presidential Leadership Council, which is committed to delivering the increased benefits to Yemenis. He expressed our concern over the recent actions of the Houthis.
Secretary Blinken also discussed ways to strengthen our bilateral relationship, building on President Biden’s trip to Jeddah. He reiterated the need for international support for Ukraine as it defends its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister also discussed other important issues vital to bilateral relations.