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US President renews commitment to support security in Saudi Arabia

US President Biden emphasized the strong and enduring commitment of the United States to support the security and defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to facilitate the Kingdom’s ability to obtain all capabilities necessary to defend its people and territory against external threats.

The two sides stressed the need to deter Iranian interference in the internal affairs of countries, its support for terrorism through its armed groups, and its efforts to destabilize the security and stability of the region, stressing the importance of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

The two sides stressed the importance of maintaining the free movement of trade through the strategic international sea lanes, particularly Bab al-Mandab and the Strait of Hormuz, and welcomed the newly established Joint Task Force 153 to focus on the security of the Bab al-Mandab Strait in the Red Sea and to further deter illegal smuggling into Yemen.

The two sides also welcomed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s assumption of command of Joint Task Force 150, which advances the goals of joint maritime security in the Gulf of Oman and the northern Arabian Sea.

To improve and facilitate the exchange of information in the field of maritime security, cooperation between the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and Joint Task Force 153 will be enhanced, through the interconnected Regional Coordination Center, whose leadership will be from the headquarters of the US Fifth Fleet in Bahrain.

The United States also stressed the importance of the growing cooperation between the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and Task Force 59 of the US Fifth Fleet, which commands an expanded, integrated fleet of advanced, unmanned ships using artificial intelligence to improve monitoring and maritime security and support regional security.

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