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Al-Arabiya TV: Saudi minister optimistic US ties will be 'excellent' under Biden

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (R) meets with US Vice President Joe Biden in Riyadh on October 27, 2011. Biden arrived in the Saudi capital with a US official delegation to offer condolences to the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz following the death of his brother, Crown Prince Sultan. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP via Getty Images)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (R) meets with former US Vice President and current President Joe Biden in Riyadh on October 27, 2011 [-/AFP via Getty Images]

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has voiced optimism that relations between Riyadh and Washington will be "excellent" under new US President Joe Biden, Al-Arabiya TV channel cited him as saying on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Appointments made by Biden show "understanding of the common issues" by the new US administration, Prince Faisal bin Farhan added, according to Twitter posts by the Saudi-owned, Dubai-based TV channel.

"The Biden administration will find that our targets regarding Yemen are the same," Al-Arabiya quoted him as saying.

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A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing government forces fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi group after it seized the capital Sanaa.

Biden pledged during his election campaign to reassess ties with Saudi Arabia, demanding more accountability over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 and calling for an end to US support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab monarchies have long been allies of the United States, sharing the objective of protecting oil supplies from the Gulf region and containing Iran.

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