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Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr.’s Phone Call with Saudi Arabia Chief of General Staff Gen. Fayyad Al-Ruwaili


Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Public Affairs

December 14, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C., — Joint Staff Spokesperson Navy Capt. Jereal Dorsey provided the following readout:

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., spoke with Saudi Arabia Chief of General Staff Gen. Fayyad Al-Ruwaili today by phone.

The two military leaders discussed the current security environment in the Middle East, including the threat against U.S. forces throughout the region and the current situation in Gaza. The leaders discussed recent attacks by the Houthis on commercial vessels operating in international waters in the southern Red Sea. Gen. Brown reiterated the U.S. desire to work with all nations who share an interest in upholding the principle of freedom of navigation and ensuring safe passage for global shipping.

Gen. Brown also reiterated U.S. emphasis on protection of civilians and unfettered access for delivery of humanitarian aid for civilians in Gaza, as well as the importance of deterring any state or non-state actor from seeking to expand the conflict.

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia share a long-standing partnership and are committed to peace and security in the Middle East region. 

 

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