Senior officials from the Biden administration met with Khalid bin Salman, brother of the influential Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman.
This was the first visit by a Saudi official of such a high level since the US released intelligence data showing the crown prince’s connection to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Biden administration did not publicly disclose in advance information about the visit of Prince Khalid bin Salman, who is the deputy defense minister of Saudi Arabia.
Khalid bin Salman had a short meeting at the Pentagon with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milli, one official said on condition of anonymity.
The Saudi prince held more lengthy talks with Deputy Defense Secretary for Political Affairs Colin Cal, the source said.
Khalid bin Salman also spoke with White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, and on Wednesday he will meet with Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and adviser Derek Scholle, other officials said.
At a press briefing on Tuesday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed the meetings and made it clear that officials could raise the issue of Khashoggi’s assassination.
State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters that US officials and the Saudi prince “discussed issues of importance to bilateral relations.”