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US NSA meets with Saudi crown prince to talk about security agreement

Jake Sullivan, the national security advisor to President Joe Biden, met with Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, on Sunday to talk about what the kingdom called the “semi-final” draft of a comprehensive security pact between the two nations.

No pictures of Sullivan and Prince Mohammed meeting in Dhahran, the easternmost city of the kingdom and home to Saudi Aramco, the state-run oil company, were made public by the Saudi official media.

According to a statement issued following the discussions, “the semi-final version of the draft strategic agreements between the kingdom and the United States of America, which are almost finalized — and what is being worked on between the two sides in the Palestinian issue to find a credible path — were discussed.”

The statement went on to mention “the situation in Gaza and the need to stop the war there and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid” as well as “a two-state solution that meets the aspirations and rights of the Palestinian people.” East Jerusalem should serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state, as Saudi Arabia has always demanded. — AP

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