RIYADH: US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper showed up Monday in Saudi Arabia, state TV stated, days after the Pentagon said it was supporting its powers in the kingdom in tensions with Iran.
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Al-Ekhbariyah TV gave no information on the beforehand unannounced visit, which comes after Esper visited Afghanistan.
On October 11, the Pentagon said it was conveying new US troops to Saudi Arabia after Riyadh requested reinforcements after a mid-September missile and drone assault on Saudi oil plants, which Washington faults on Iran.
Esper said that two warrior squadrons and extra missile defense batteries were being sent to Saudi Arabia, realizing to 3,000 the complete number of troops conveyed there since a month ago.
The September 14 assault thumped out two significant handling offices of state oil giant Aramco in Khurais and Abqaiq, generally dividing Saudi Arabia’s oil creation.
Washington condemned the assaults as an “act of war” yet neither the Saudis nor the United States has overtly back.
Pressures have taken off in the Gulf as of late with a series of assaults on oil foundation and tankers, raising feelings of a war between the most arch-rivals.
Iran has denied any contribution and Al-Ekhbariyah TV gave no information on the beforehand unannounced visit.