The U.S. reiterated its commitment to helping Saudi Arabia and its Gulf partners defend themselves against threats from Yemen and other places in the region, the State Department said after a call between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Prince Faisal bin Farhan.
‘Secretary Blinken reiterated the U.S. commitment to help Gulf partners improve their capabilities to defend against threats from Yemen and elsewhere in the region and underscored the importance of mitigating civilian harm’, spokesman Ned Price said.
Friday’s call came after this week’s attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, claimed by the Iran – backed Houthis in Yemen.
Civilian sites, including Abu Dhabi’s International Airport, were targeted with missiles and drones. At least three civilians were killed, and a handful of others injured.
‘The Secretary condemned the January 17 Houthi attack on both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that struck civilian sites in the UAE, including Abu Dhabi’s international airport, and killed and wounded civilians’ Prince said in the statement.
Separately, the UN Security Council condemned the ‘heinous terrorist attacks in Abu Dhabi’ after a meeting was called for by the UAE.