US, Saudi Arabia Stress on Need to Address Terrorism Threats from Afghanistan

7/16/2022

The United States and Saudi Arabia on Friday stressed on the need to support Afghanistan’s security and to address the threat posed by Afghanistan-based terrorists.

In a joint statement released after US President Joe Biden held talks with senior Saudi officials on Friday, the two sides also underscored the importance of continued humanitarian support in the Taliban-run country, while promoting the rights of the Afghan people including the rights of women and girls to education and availability of the highest attainable standard of health and, for women, the right to work.

Saudi Arabia and the US affirmed that both nations share the vision of confronting terrorism and violent extremism. They expressed their continued commitment to counter Al-Qaeda and ISIS, stem the flow of foreign fighters, counter violent extremist propaganda, and cut off terrorist financing streams.

During their discussion, the two sides highlighted the joint efforts through the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, which is based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Biden had visited Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, with the two sides pledging to tackle key regional and international issues.

The US also renewed its commitment to supporting Saudi Arabia’s security and territorial defence, importantly, facilitating the kingdom’s ability to obtain necessary capabilities to defend its people and territory against external threats.

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