The kingdom has dismissed reports that Washington’s top diplomat would soon visit Riyadh
FILE PHOTO: A Saudi national flag flies in a city square in Buraidah, Saudi Arabia. © Getty Images / Bloomberg / Tasneem Alsultan
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will not be making a trip to Saudi Arabia in the “near future,” the country’s foreign ministry said, formally denying a recent report citing a local official.
In a missive carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Saturday, the FM “denied reports circulated in the media and attributed to an official source in the ministry regarding a visit to be made by the U.S Secretary of State to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the near future,” adding that the ministry “did not issue any statement in this regard.”
The report in question originated at Reuters, which cited “an official from the Kingdom’s foreign ministry” claiming Riyadh and Washington were planning a visit to “strengthen ongoing ‘positive discussions.” Earlier this week, Axios reported much the same after speaking to five US, Israeli and Palestinian sources.