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Ed Royce: Saudi Arabia and Islamic Coalition Play Important Role in Fight Against ISIS and in Deterring Iran’s Interference in Yemen

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  Congressman Ed Royce in attendance at the 4th Annual Champions Of Jewish Values International Awards Gala at Marriott Marquis Times Square on May 5, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  Congressman Ed Royce in attendance at the 4th Annual Champions Of Jewish Values International Awards Gala at Marriott Marquis Times Square on May 5, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 05: Congressman Ed Royce in attendance at the 4th Annual Champions Of Jewish Values International Awards Gala at Marriott Marquis Times Square on May 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)

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The House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce stressed the importance of the long-standing U.S.-Saudi alliance and the shared threats they face from Iran and ISIS in the Congressional Register on April 6. Royce said, “As Major General Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Asseri recently said, the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia is central to the fight against terror. Together our two countries are responding to the serious threat from ‘‘Da’esh’’ (ISIS) and other terrorist groups, Iran’s continued support of terrorism, and the violent messages of religious extremism emanating from some quarters of the Middle East.”

Royce praised Gen. Asseri and Saudi Arabia for being important allies in the fight against terrorist funding and extremist ideology and for working closely with U.S. to safeguard national security interests through intelligence cooperation. He noted, “Gen. Asseri’s support for intelligence-sharing is a clear recognition that countering these threats goes beyond the battlefield. We are appreciative of Saudi efforts to block the flow of funding to terrorists, weakening their capacity to perpetrate atrocities against innocents around the world. We note with enthusiasm efforts by Saudi Arabia to counter the messages of violent extremism that draw vulnerable young people into the grasp of these terrible groups and applaud efforts to address the challenge of rehabilitating convicted terrorists.”

On the catastrophe in Yemen, Royce lay great stress on the importance of the Saudi-led Coalition in pushing back against Iran’s interference in the region. “We are hopeful that the Saudi-led Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism will play an increasingly important role in both the fight against ISIS and efforts to push back against Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.” said Congressman Royce. Nowhere is this more relevant than in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has suffered both military and civilian casualties.

“It is imperative to push Iranian influence out of Yemen, expedite humanitarian assistance to Yemenis suffering through this conflict, and develop a coherent, long-term political framework through which the country can move forward. The United States values Saudi Arabia as a partner, and we are committed to working together in the fight against terror.” he added.

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