“I have great confidence that the United States and Saudi Arabia will continue to be the close and important friends and allies that we have been,” Kerry told reporters.
US Department of State spokeswoman Marie Harf said Riyadh had not conveyed to the department its intention to reduce its cooperation with the US. She said the issue was also not raised in the meeting between Kerry and the Saudi minister.
US Representative Chris Van Hollen told Reuters’ Washington Summit on Tuesday that the Saudi moves were intended to pressure Obama to take action in Syria.
“We know their game. They’re trying to send a signal that we should all get involved militarily in Syria and I think that would be a big mistake to get in the middle of the Syrian civil war,” Van Hollen said.
“And the Saudis should start by stopping their funding of the al Qaeda-related groups in Syria. In addition to the fact that it’s a country that doesn’t allow women to drive,” he added.