In bilateral remarks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, new U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Saudi efforts to fight terrorism and combat extremism.
“President Trump’s first trip to Saudi Arabia was historic, and I reminded the king how much President Trump appreciated that trip,” stated Secretary Pompeo “While he was here, he attended the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. I asked Minister Jubeir for an update on the work of the center. It represents a clear declaration that Muslim majority countries must take the lead in combating terrorism and radicalization around the world.”
Secretary Pompeo continued: “America is prepared to stand with Saudi Arabia in pursuit of the shared interests and security, but as President Trump has said and said at the Riyadh summit as well, the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush terrorism for them. Muslim nations must be willing to take on that burden. If we’re going to conquer extremism and defeat the forces of terrorism together, I know that Saudi Arabia will be at the front of it.”
For his part, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir stated that: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States are connected by very deep historical and strategic relationships. There are mutual interests on many trajectories; whether on military, commercial, social, and educational. The country which receives the most Saudi students is the U.S. The biggest trading partner, or the biggest investor, in Saudi Arabia is the U.S., and Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest investors in the United States.”
On issues facing the region, the Foreign Minister added: “Our viewpoints were identical. There was a strong desire to intensify the work and mutual efforts in dealing with all these efforts. Regarding Iran, as we mentioned in the past, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supports President Trump’s policy towards Iran, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supports the efforts to enhance Iran’s Nuclear Deal. We think the period to limit the enrichment of Uranium must be eliminated and eternal. Also, we believe monitoring Iran’s nuclear sites must be intensified. On the Iranian crisis, we also believe there should be more sanctions on Iran –for violating international resolutions regarding ballistic missiles and for supporting terrorism and intervening in the affairs of the courtiers of the region. In this regard, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have identical viewpoints. And so is the case in all other topics. Your Excellency, I look forward to working with you in the future in all what could serve the interests of our two friendly countries.”
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The vision of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology is to become the main reference in the fight against extremist ideology and promote a culture of moderation. Its mission is to monitor and analyze extremist ideology in order to prevent its spread. The Center will confront extremism by cooperating with related governments and organizations. The Center’s objectives are prevention, awareness and confrontation of extremism and terrorism.