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US def secy writes to Saudi Crown prince to thank for efforts on Afghanistan

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US has written to the Saudi Crown for the efforts of his country to bring peace and stability in and the region.

"I read with great interest and appreciation the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Salman's statement supporting Ghani's reconciliation efforts in and calling for a renewed ceasefire and end to hostilities there," Mattis wrote in a letter to the Crown yesterday.

In the letter, Mattis also said that the Imam of the Grand Mosque, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the Muslim World League's subsequent statements further reinforced this message and helped magnify its importance to the Afghan people.

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you, and to your country's leadership, for Saudi Arabia's willingness to fulfil a critical role for regional stability at this vital moment in history," he said.

"Your leadership and candour on this issue reflects not only Saudi Arabia's efforts to curb terrorism and extremism, but also the strength of our nations' important strategic partnership," Mattis wrote.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 08:15 IST