On Blinken's agenda will be cooperation on regional conflicts and issues, as well as a path toward normalization between the Saudi kingdom and Israel

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Saudi Arabia next week at a time of strained relations between Washington and its key Middle East ally, the State Department announced Friday.

Blinken’s June 6-8 trip will come as the United States and Saudi kingdom are seeking to broker a durable ceasefire between warring parties in Sudan. The top U.S. diplomat will discuss with Saudi officials U.S.-Saudi strategic cooperation on regional and global issues and a range of bilateral issues including economic and security cooperation," the State Department said.

He will participate in a ministerial meeting on Wednesday with the Gulf Cooperation Council and in a meeting on Thursday in Riyadh of the coalition of countries fighting the Islamic State group.... Read More: i24