Wednesday, 08 December 2021 09:56 GMT

Trump, King Salman discuss IS, intercepted missile, defense cooperation


(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (KUNA) -- President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud to discuss a range of topics, including the defeat of the so-called Islamic State, the intercepted missile attack, and defense cooperation.

The leaders discussed the recent attacks in New York, shared commitment to defeat IS, the Houthis, and the intercepted missile attack on Riyadh.

The men thus, "emphasized the importance of countering extremist ideologies and championing moderation and tolerance," said a statement from the White House on Sunday.

Trump commended King Salman on achieving his commitments announced at the Riyadh Summit including the launch of the Teorrist Financing Targeting Center and the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology.

Trump thanked the King for military purchases, including a USD 15 billion investment in a THAAD aerial defense system along with "billions morein commitments and investments." "The president assured the King that he would support the purchase of appropriate military equipment that would keep Saudi Arabia safe and help create American jobs," said the White House.

Finally, "President Trump noted that the King and Crown Prince's recent public statements regarding the need to build a moderate, peaceful, and tolerant region are essential to ensuring a hopeful future for the Saudi people, to curtailing terrorist funding, and to defeating radical ideology - once and for all - so the world can be safe from its evil," it added. (end) ak.sd

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