US President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Sunday, spoke with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, and agreed to support safe zones in Syria.
“The President requested and the King agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen, as well as supporting other ideas to help the many refugees who are displaced by the ongoing conflicts,” a statement from the The White House said.
The White House also said the president discussed the Iran nuclear agreement and that he and King Salman “agreed on the importance of rigorously enforcing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran and of addressing Iran’s destabilising regional activities.”
A senior Saudi source told Reuters the two leaders spoke for more than an hour by telephone and agreed to increase counter-terrorism and military cooperation and intensify economic cooperation.
According to a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency, the views on the fight against terrorism and extremism of the two leaders were identical as well as on the other issues that were discussed during the call, including the need to confront those who seek to undermine security and stability in the region and interfere in the internal affairs of other states. The two leaders are reportedly going to meet soon.
Mr Trump also spoke to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Al Nahayan, who is the deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces. A White House readout about the call said the Crown Prince agreed to support safe zones for the refugees displaced by the conflict in the region as well as “further strengthen cooperation on fighting radical Islamic terrorism”.
According to the Saudi source cited by Reuters and UAE state news agency WAM, Mr Trump spoke to both leaders about the Muslim Brotherhood (designated as a terrorist organisation by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) and now deceased Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s connections to the organisation.