The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman. On Yemen, the Secretary reiterated U.S. support for a negotiated resolution between the Republic of Yemen government and the Southern Transitional Council, and thanked the minister for Saudi Arabia’s efforts to mediate the dispute. The Secretary and the minister agreed that dialogue represents the only way to achieve a stable, unified, and prosperous Yemen. The Secretary and the minister also discussed a broad range of bilateral and regional issues, including the need for stronger maritime security in order to promote freedom of navigation, the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activities in the region, and human rights.