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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Saudi Minister of Defense, His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Saudi Minister of Defense, His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman on October 4 to offer congratulations on his appointment as Minister of Defense.

Secretary Austin expressed concern that the truce in Yemen was not extended and his strong desire to avoid a resumption of hostilities. Secretary Austin and the Minister of Defense noted the tangible benefits that the truce in Yemen had provided.  

Secretary Austin welcomed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's continued support for UN-led negotiation to extend the truce and to achieve a durable peace in Yemen.