White House, Congress Praise Saudi Counterterrorism Intelligence Sharing

Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) praised Saudi Arabia's commitment to counterterrorism.

A recent oped on Fox News Channel by Saudi Major General Ahmed Hassan Mohammad Asseri is winning praise in both Congress and the White House.

The oped by Asseri, an adviser to Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, praised the Trump administration for it’s tough stance on Daesh, Iran and counterterrorism in an op-ed published on Fox News Channel.

It also noted that “Saudi Arabia is mobilizing the Muslim world against the extremist threat to our religion. Under Saudi leadership, the 41-nation Islamic Coalition is equipping our countries to fight violent extremists by training our security forces and sharing information and intelligence.”

Asseri’s oped won praise from Congressman Ed Royce of California, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In Extensions of Remarks in the Congressional Record, Representative Royce praised the Kingdom.

“General Asseri’s support for intelligence-sharing is a clear recognition that countering these threats goes beyond the battlefield,” Royce said. “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.”

In addition to praise from Congress, General Asseri’s oped also won notice from certain White House officials, according to Paul Bedard in the Washington Examiner. Bedard quotes a “key White House advisor” who told him that “This intelligence from a middle eastern ally will be critical in dealing with the situation in Syria and Bashar al-Assad. Saudi Arabia has made it clear that they support the United States in its use of force against the Syrian President in response to their use of chemical weapons against civilians.”