US commits to help Saudis against Iran, food security next on agenda

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The United States will help Saudi Arabia defend itself in the face of a growing threat from Iran, a joint statement said after US President Joe Biden met Saudi leaders on Friday. Biden, on a Middle East tour, held talks with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah after geopolitical developments necessitated a reaffirming of the two countries’ long ties despite the president’s previous criticism of the regime. The kingdom should be supported in defending “its people and territory against external threats,” a statement from the White House and Saudi Foreign Ministry said. US …

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