Trump, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Speak by Phone, White House Says

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by phone on Tuesday, discussing Riyadh’s role in Middle East stability, maintaining pressure on Iran other issues, according to reports.

“President Trump and the Crown Prince discussed regional developments and opportunities to further enhance the American-Saudi partnership on a range of security and economic issues,” the White House said in a statement.

“The President thanked the Crown Prince for his leadership in highlighting ways all Gulf Cooperation Council states can better counter Iranian destabilizing activities and defeat terrorists and extremists,” the statement reads. ” The leaders agreed on the importance of regional cooperation and a united Gulf Cooperation Council to mitigate regional threats and ensure the region’s economic prosperity.”

Reuters reports that the call also included discussions on “the importance of human rights issues,” while no mention is made in the White House statement regarding human rights.