(Sydney, Australia – 10:48 P.M.) US Defense Secretary, James Mattis, has said during the second day of his visit to the Gulf kingdom that “it is in our interest to see a strong Saudi Arabia.”
The 66-year retired General relayed US President Donald Trump’s praise for the kingdom during talks with members of the Saudi royal family in the capital Riyadh on Wednesday.
He then emphasised the importance of Saudi Arabia to the US so that it can counterbalance Iran.
“And now that we have the blessing of our leadership, that it’s important we actually do something with it. We actually do something as we reinforce Saudi Arabia’s resistance to Iran’s mischief, and make you more effective with your military, as we work together as partners. We are not leaving this region,” said the Pentagon chief.