WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Saudi Arabia next week, the State Department an-nounced Friday.
Blinken’s trip comes as the Kingdom and US seek to broker a durable cease-fire between Sudan’s warring generals in ongoing talks in Jeddah.
“Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Saudi Arabia June 6-8 to meet with Saudi officials to discuss US-Saudi strategic cooperation on regional and global issues and a range of bilateral issues including economic and security co-operation,” State Department Spokesman Matt Miller said.
Blinken is set to also participate in a US-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ministerial meeting to discuss growing cooper-ation with Gulf partners and how they can promote security, stability, de-escalation, regional integration, and eco-nomic opportunities across the Middle East, Miller added.
Blinken and Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan will co-host a ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh “to address the continuing threat of (Daesh) and reaffirm our commitment to ensure its enduring de-feat,” Miller said.