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Blinken worried about Houthis attacks in call with Saudis

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call on Thursday from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to express concern over a Houthi attack on Abha airport.

Eight people were wounded when Iran-backed Houthi militants targeted the airport in Asir province, with two exploding drones on Monday. Saudi air defenses managed to intercept them but the shrapnel from one of the drones showered the airport.

Prince Faisal and Blinken also discussed Afghanistan and other regional issues, the State Department said.

“The Secretary expressed the US’ strong commitment to its longstanding strategic partnership with the Kingdom and to helping Saudi Arabia defend its people and territory,” it said.

During the call, the two ministers reviewed the strategic relations between Riyadh and Washington and ways to strengthen them in all common areas.

They also discussed the most prominent developments in the region, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.

Source: Arab News

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