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Saudi minister optimistic US ties will be 'excellent' under Biden: Al-Arabiya

Appointments made by Biden show "understanding of the common issues" by the new US administration, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said.

Reuters , Thursday 21 Jan 2021
Prince Faisal bin Farhan
File Photo: Saudi Arabia's FM Prince Faisal bin Farhan speaks during a news conference on Jan. 5, 2021 (Reuters)
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Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has voiced optimism that relations between Riyadh and Washington will be "excellent" under new US President Joe Biden, Al-Arabiya TV channel cited him as saying on Thursday.

Appointments made by Biden show "understanding of the common issues" by the new US administration, Prince Faisal bin Farhan added, according to Twitter posts by the Saudi-owned, Dubai-based TV channel.

"The Biden administration will find that our targets regarding Yemen are the same," Al-Arabiya quoted him as saying.

A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing government forces fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi group after it seized the capital Sanaa.

Biden pledged during his election campaign to reassess ties with Saudi Arabia and calling for an end to US support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab monarchies have long been allies of the United States, sharing the objective of protecting oil supplies from the Gulf region and containing Iran.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online

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