US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke over the phone with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss maritime safety in the Gulf, as well as the ongoing tensions in Iran and Yemen.
The United States spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus conveyed gratitude for Saudi Arabia’s help and commitment crosswise over numerous territorial difficulties” during the phone call on Wednesday.
In the recent past, the US was finding it tough to piece together an international alliance to safeguard free shipping through the Gulf region, due to the seizure of Oil Tankers by Iran. Iran had captured three oil tanker vessels in the strategic Gulf region one month back, and the United States has blamed Iran for carrying out recurring seizures on ships in the area.
Up till now, the United Kingdom has declared its decision of joining the US-led maritime mission for protecting ships in the Strait of Hormuz.
His Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Mike Pompeo also discussed United States measures in securing the maritime Gulf route and its recent efforts in building an alliance of more than 60 nations to protect shipping vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.
According to the official statement, Pompeo and the Crown Prince “reestablished their support for UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths’ attempts to propel the governmental process.”
As per the official statement “The Secretary and the Crown Prince talked and examined bilateral progress and provincial improvements of both nations and also including views to counter the Iranian government’s actions and human rights issues.”