Watch: Blinken meets Saudi defense minister at State Department

Holly Patrick
Wednesday 01 November 2023 19:32 GMT

Support truly
independent journalism

Our mission is to deliver unbiased, fact-based reporting that holds power to account and exposes the truth.

Whether $5 or $50, every contribution counts.

Support us to deliver journalism without an agenda.

Louise Thomas

Louise Thomas


Watch as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Saudi Arabian defense minister Prince Khalid bin Salman in Washington, DC on Wednesday, 1 November.

According to sources cited by Axios at the weekend, the visit had been long-scheduled but would come as Israel unleashed the second phase of the Gaza war and as the US and Saudi Arabia expressed concerns that the conflict could escalate into a regional war.

Khalid bin Salman is also expected to meet with other White House officials such as national security adviser Jake Sullivan, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and several senators, according to the Axios report.

Reuters reported that the White House National Security Council said it had nothing to confirm about the possible visit.

It comes after Joe Biden and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman discussed efforts to prevent the Israel-Hamas conflict from widening last Tuesday, according to the White House.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in