Washington: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had a meeting with his US counterpart Jake Sullivan in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, the White House said, adding that the two leaders are scheduled to meet again in Australia later this month on the sidelines of the Quad Summit.
Following the launch of the ambitious India US ICET (Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology) dialogue in January, this marked the first meeting between Ajit Doval and Jake Sullivan. Currently, Sullivan is on a trip to Saudi Arabia.
According to a statement from the White House, Sullivan held a meeting with Saudi Prime Minister and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, UAE National Security Advisor Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on May 7 in Saudi Arabia.
The purpose of the meeting was to advance their shared vision of fostering a more secure and prosperous Middle East region with strong connections to India and the rest of the world.
The White House also stated that Sullivan had separate bilateral meetings with the Crown Prince, Sheikh Tahnoon, and Doval to discuss both bilateral and regional issues.
Additionally, they stated that Sullivan looks forward to further consultations with Doval during the upcoming Quad Summit in Australia later this month.
During his meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed, Sullivan reviewed the significant progress made in talks to solidify the 15-month-long ceasefire in Yemen.
They also expressed appreciation for the ongoing efforts led by the United Nations to bring an end to the war, along with addressing various other matters.
The White House conveyed its gratitude to the Crown Prince for Saudi Arabia’s support in evacuating US citizens from Sudan. Furthermore, all four delegates agreed to maintain regular consultations and follow up on the topics discussed throughout the day.