Deputy US Secretary of State Tony Blinken said that his country is to accelerate arms supplies to the Saudi-led coalition, which is fighting Houthi militias in Yemen, the Anadolu Agency reported yesterday.
Blinken’s remarks came during his visit to Saudi Arabia where he is to meet Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohamed Bin Nayif, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal and Defence Minister and Chief of the Royal Court Prince Mohamed Bin Salman.
The American official stressed that his country would also increase intelligence cooperation in a way that serves the operation in Yemen.
“Saudi Arabia is sending a strong message to the Houthis and their allies that it is impossible for them to forcefully dominate Yemen,” Blinken said, noting that the US is to double intelligence cooperation with the countries included in the Saudi-led alliance.
“As part of that effort, we have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing and we have established a joint coordination planning cell in the Saudi operation centre,” he added.
Previously, US President Barack Obama stressed Washington’s complete commitment to Saudi’s defence capabilities.