In an official statement released by US Central Command (Centcom) office, Commander General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr has welcomed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia into the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) and further extended his appreciation for King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's decision to join IMSC, and even more so, in taking an active role in preserving the freedom of navigation, promoting maritime security, and de-escalating regional tensions.
McKenzie then went on, showing gratitude for Saudi Arabia's leading role in regional security matters and welcomed their commitment to preserving the free flow of commerce, which is perceived as the cornerstone of the global economy.
The Centcom commander later on explained that threats to the freedom of navigation are an international problem requiring an international solution, and he expressed contentment that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be joining Australia, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the United Kingdom, and the United States as part of that solution.
According to Centcom, this proves to be another advancement in the history of the relationship between the two countries. Last July, at the invitation of the kingdom, the secretary of defence had authorised the deployment of US personnel and resources to Saudi Arabia, a move that signifies the US’ continuing effort to work with Saudi authorities to create and maintain stability in the region.