Mattis discusses fighting ISIS and Iran with Saudi Prince

Mattis discusses fighting ISIS and Iran with Saudi Prince
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) welcomes Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., March 16, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

On Thursday James Mattis met with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss fighting ISIS

(WASHINGTON, DC) U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday and they discussed U.S.-Saudi military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Mattis and Prince Mohammed, who is the kingdom's defense minister, also discussed "confronting Iran's destabilizing regional activities," the statement said.

The two leaders also stated they looked forward to deepening the U.S.-Saudi Arabia defense partnership and continuing to work closely together.

State news agency IRNA reported on Friday that Iran dismissed the comments about their regional destabilization activities as "nonsense".

IRNA cited Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Qasemi, blaming the Saudi prince for the comments. 

"This Saudi official, who is one of the key players in the Saudi war against innocent people in Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and other countries in the region ... has made an irrelevant remark out of desperation," Qasemi was quoted as saying.

Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite-led Iran back opposing factions in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Bahrain.

The meeting followed the deputy crown prince's meeting with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday, and Mattis’ tour of the Middle East in late February.

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