Tillerson: Trump’s visit to Saudi marks turning point

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accompanied President Trump to Saudi Arabia this weekend, and held a joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubier Saturday.

Included in Tillerson’s comments were the following statements:

“The United States of America, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are really dedicating ourselves to a new strategic partnership, new for the 21st century, and to charting a renewed path toward a peaceful Middle East where economic development, trade, diplomacy are hallmarks of the regional and global engagement. It’s something that we will be working closely together on.

This growing partnership is really grounded in trust, trust between our two nations that we are pursuing the same objectives – cooperation and a shared interest. The elements of this declaration that was signed today, the Joint Strategic Vision, there are many, many elements, and there’s a lot of work now to implement those elements and really put them into motion.

And so that is going to require significant ongoing engagement and dialogue between our two nations, and so I think you will find that we will be meeting with a great deal of regularity in order to review how these things are progressing. And that is only going to serve to further strengthen, I think, our cooperation, and also I think sends a very strong message to our common enemies. It strengthens the bonds between us and it does chart this new pathway forward and will guide our path forward.”

Tillerson stated, “We’re also going to be pursuing new approaches to disrupting financing of terrorism and advancing defense cooperation.”

He added that the $350 billion worth of historic investment deals between the two countries will produce literally hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

Watch below for his full remarks.

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