Today, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Saudi Arabia as part of an attempt to prevent Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East. Tillerson praised the growing ties between the kingdom and Iraq.







Tillerson, today

Tillerson, today Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting the Middle East and today (Sunday), he met with Saudi King Salman as part of the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Committee. In a joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Tillerson expressed a firm stand against Iranian involvement in Iraq.

Referring to the Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, Tillerson stated: “Those fighters need to go home. Any foreign fighters need to go home.” Tillerson praised the ties between the kingdom and Iraq and stated that there is “great potential.” The Secretary of State added that “the US stands ready to support continued cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Iraq” as an important step toward the stability of the region.







King Salman, archive

King Salman, archive Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

According to the US State Department: “The Secretary will also meet with various Saudi leaders to discuss the conflict in Yemen, the ongoing Gulf dispute, Iran, and a number of other important regional and bilateral issues.”