The United States praised Saudi Arabia on Monday for “exposing” Iran’s role in providing Houthi militants in Yemen with rocket systems, after a rocket was fired at the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Saturday.
“We continue to maintain strong defense ties with Saudi Arabia,” Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman, said.
Reuters quoted Galloway as saying that the US was working with Saudi Arabia “on common security priorities to include combatting extremist groups and to end Iran’s destabilizing influence in the Middle East”.
Meanwhile, US president Donald Trump said on his Twitter account that he had “great confidence” in Saudi Arabia, and that they “know exactly what they are doing”.
Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday that it had intercepted a ballistic missile over Riyadh airport fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Riyadh held Tehran responsible for providing the rebels with arms and money, and threatened to respond not only to the Houthis, but also to Iran.
The UN has claimed that actions by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has led to the world’s worst largest humanitarian crisis.