By Heba El Koudsy
March 27, 2018
The National Security Advisers of the US, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have discussed at the White House efforts to counter Iran’s provocative behavior.
The White House said on Monday that the meeting took place last Friday “to discuss issues of strategic importance to the three countries, including joint efforts to counter the Iranian regime’s malign influence and provocative behavior.”
“Senior officials from the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Treasury, and the intelligence community participated in the meeting,” it said in a statement.
“The leaders agreed to meet trilaterally on a regular basis to develop and implement joint frameworks to mitigate threats to regional security and to bring greater peace, stability, and prosperity to the Middle East,” it added.
A Trump Administration official said that the announcement on the formation of the tripartite committee came on the sidelines of the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the US.
The National Security Adviser of Afghanistan joined one of the sessions focused on discussing ways the US, Saudi Arabia, and UAE can partner with Afghanistan to support the Afghan government and set conditions for an enduring peace settlement.
White House sources said that discussions also dealt with the ongoing war on terrorism, and the officials agreed on several joint measures to deal a blow to terrorist groups.