Trump Expresses Solidarity With Saudis Following Iranian-backed Missile Attack

The two leaders discussed the importance of engaging the UN in order to 'hold Iran accountable for repeated violations of international law'

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Washington.
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U.S. President Donald Trump held a phone conversation with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday in which the president expressed solidarity with the kingdom after Iran-backed Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile at the king's official residence on Tuesday.

According to the White House, the two leaders discussed the importance of ensuring the United Nations hold Iran accountable for what they called its "repeated violations of international law."

In addition, Trump and King Salman discussed the kingdom's plans to alleviate the growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and of the importance of "reinvigorating a political process to end the war in Yemen."

Earlier on Wednesday, the Saudi king received Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Riyadh and reiterated the kingdom's support for the Palestinian people, state news agency SPA reported.

The two leaders also discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian territories, it said. A dozen Saudi princes and officials also attended the meeting.

Saudi Arabia condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said any decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem before a permanent peace settlement is reached would inflame the feelings of Muslims, official media reported.