Saudi Arabia plays ‘pivotal role’ in fight against global terrorism: General Abizaid

Saudi Arabia plays ‘pivotal role’ in fight against global terrorism: General Abizaid

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Rahnuma): President Donald Trump’s nominee for US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, General John Abizaid, has said Saudi Arabia plays a pivotal role in the fight against global terrorism.

General Abizaid, speaking on Wednesday, said it would be a “great honor” to work on strengthening the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia.

He added that Saudi Arabia’s contribution had effectively cut off funding networks for Daesh — which he said has been “nearly vanquished on the ground,” but remains a “potent threat” to the US and its allies — and that any “reduction of relations between America and Saudi Arabia” would undermine regional security.

Abizaid also blamed the Iranian regime for destabilizing the region.

Military cooperation with Saudi Arabia was “essential for the deployment of security and protecting the lives of Americans,” he said.

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