May 18, 2017 / 3:10 PM / a year ago

Saudis not concerned about sharing intelligence with United States

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is not concerned about sharing intelligence with the United States, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference in Rabat, May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with Russia during a White House meeting last week, saying he had an “absolute right” to share “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety”.

“We share a very, very large amount of intelligence with the United States and vice versa,” Jubeir told reporters in Riyadh ahead of a visit by Trump. “We have had no hesitation about doing so and we will not have any hesitation about continuing to do so.”

Reporting by Katie Paul, Writing by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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