U.S. Delegation Led by Senator John McCain Visits Saudi Arabia to Discuss Military Cooperation Efforts Against Daesh, Training of Moderate Rebels

U.S. Senate Republican John McCain and a delegation of Senate Armed Services Committee members visited Saudi Arabia on Saturday as part of a broad tour of the region to discuss American-Saudi joint efforts to back moderate Syrian rebels in that country’s 4-year old civil war.

According to the Guardian, McCain and the Senate Armed Services Committee members”met the commander of Saudi Arabia’s training and equipment program and with Ahmed al-Jarba, whom it identified as the president of the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition (SNC). Al-Jarba stepped down as SNC president in July 2014. The current SNC president is Khaled Khoja. The reason for the discrepancy in McCain’s tweet was not immediately clear.”

According to the Guardian, which cited Qatar’s state news agency, the delegation included Senators Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina; Joe Donnelly, Democrat, Indiana; Angus King, an Independent from Maine; and Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, the state news agency reported.