US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will arrive in Neom on the Red Sea coast on Monday on an official visit to Saudi Arabia as part of a tour that also includes the UAE and Egypt.
A Western diplomatic source in Riyadh told the German News Agency (dpa) that the US official is scheduled to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his senior aides.
The visit of Sullivan, who is the most senior official in the administration of President Joe Biden, to visit the Kingdom.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that “the Iranian nuclear file and efforts to compel the Iranian-backed Houthi militias to respond to calls for peace, stop the war in Yemen and enhance cooperation between Riyadh and Washington, especially in the security field, top the agenda of Sullivan’s talks with Saudi officials.” .
The source added that the US side will inform the Saudi leadership that “if nuclear talks with Tehran are not resumed soon, the Biden administration will impose new sanctions on Iran.”
The source confirmed that Counselor Sullivan will convey to the Crown Prince the US President’s assertion of his keenness to continue the relationship between his country and Saudi Arabia, and Washington’s full commitment to preserving the security and stability of the Kingdom, according to controls that satisfy both parties.
The source pointed out that “Washington’s realization of the importance of continuing security cooperation with Riyadh in terms of exchanging information with regard to combating international terrorism or in terms of contributing to establishing means of peace and security in the Middle East.”