US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Thursday that he will visit Saudi Arabia tomorrow, Saturday, for talks with Saudi leaders, as well as Indian and Emirati officials.
Sullivan confirmed – in statements during a conference of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy – that he would meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
He added that representatives of India and the UAE will also visit Saudi Arabia to discuss new areas of cooperation between New Delhi and the Gulf, as well as the United States and the rest of the region.
He noted that the situation in Yemen will be part of the discussions at the end of the week.
Sullivan emphasized that Washington’s commitment to the region is unwavering, as it is of vital importance to US interests.
The US National Security Adviser stated that his country’s strategy in the region is based on the duality of deterrence and diplomacy, warning of “a decisive decade the likes of which we may not have seen since the end of World War II.”
He said that during this decade, the conditions for competition with the great powers will be defined, and that the time for dealing with challenges will be significantly shortened.
Sullivan stressed that the United States, despite its pressure on Iran through sanctions, has supported and encouraged the agreement between it and Saudi Arabia, because it is in line with Washington’s basic approach to de-escalation.
And he added that the United States is still seeking a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear program, but reaffirmed that Washington will do everything in its power to oppose Tehran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.
Sullivan called the exit from the 2015 nuclear deal by former President Donald Trump a “tragic mistake.”