Washington, D.C. — The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have been discussing the possible establishment of a “dumping grounds” to store the U.N. peacekeeping mission’s supplies and personnel amid a dispute over the U,S.
withdrawal from Iraq, U.K. officials told The Associated Press.
The United States and Saudi officials were briefed on the Saudi proposal, but no final decisions have been made, said a U.A.E. official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to discuss sensitive diplomatic matters.
The Saudi proposal would require the U.,S.
to return to the Uriha and Saadah regions of Yemen and Saudi Arabian troops to the Saudi border to be stationed there to support the mission.
As decision to withdraw from Iraq is now in question, a major security concern for the United States, the Saudis have been weighing the possibility of establishing a new “safe zone” in northern Iraq for the U-2 spy planes.
The U-6 and U-7 spy planes are used to monitor weapons and militants in the region, including the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, which has ties to Iran.
Saudi Arabia has said it would provide air support for the Shiite fighters.
The kingdom also wants to establish a “safe haven” for Shiite militants from Iran, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.
The Shiite militant groups Hezbollah and the Syrian Islamic Front have clashed frequently with the U.-2s mission, which operates in northern Syria and Iraq.
Saudi officials have repeatedly said they do not intend to allow the U2s U.R.s mission to be used for training or any other purpose.
Secretary of State John Kerry has been trying to find a way to move the U 2 mission out of Iraq but he has not been able to find an agreement.
The two sides have yet to reach a deal.
A Saudi official said the kingdom was considering establishing a “Dumping Ground” in the Saudi province of Jawf to store supplies, personnel and other U.
The official spoke on the condition of a nondisclosure agreement.
Saudi foreign ministry spokesman Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al-Attiyah said the Kingdom was willing to work with the United Nations, but not to establish any such “safe space.”
The official said a “safety zone” could be established in Jawf, but would need to be approved by the UnS.
The diplomat said the United Kingdom had asked the U S. ambassador in Riyadh to visit the area in order to discuss possible U. N. assistance.
U nd President Donald Trump, who has criticized U. S. President Donald Trumps administration for not taking a tougher stance on Iran, said on Wednesday the U nt was considering a “dual approach” to Iran, North Korea and Syria.
The dual approach was the first major policy decision of Trump’s presidency, the first official to comment on the topic.
“I think we’re looking at the best option, and we’re trying to figure out how to get the best outcome for the American people,” Trump said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”
Trump said that while the U s stance on Syria was “very different” from his administration’s, he hoped it could be worked out.
“We are going to see what happens with Syria and with Iran and everything else,” he said.
“But we’re not going to have a policy that’s going to create instability in the world.”
Trump added that he thought the U N. had a lot of things to work on.
“They’re dealing with a lot more than North Korea,” he added.