225. Telegram From the Embassy in Saudi Arabia to the Department of State1

6364. White House for Brzezinski. Subject: U.S.-Saudi Military Cooperation (S). Ref: (A) Jidda 6231,2 (B) Jidda 6358,3 (C) Jidda 6203,4 (D) Jidda 6209.5

1. (S-entire text).

2. Summary: Based on meetings with Crown Prince Fahd (ref A), Minister of Defense and Aviation Prince Sultan (ref B), and conversations with close aides and associates including Director of Intelligence Prince Turki, Director of Operations of RSAF Prince (Colonel) Fahd Bin Abdullah and Prince (Major) Bandar Bin Sultan (please protect these latter three), we are satisfied that agreement has been reached and approval secured for complete USGSAG cooperation in three key areas: (1) contingency planning for use of SAG facilities by USG to include prepositioning of supplies and equipment, stationing of troops in event of necessity for U.S. intervention, as well as all other possible contingencies; (2) SAG approval of and assistance with planning for overall defense of the Gulf to include both military and political aspects; (3) SAG approval of USG actions including contingency planning with other Western nations designed to insure that the Straits of Hormuz are kept open under all circumstances. End summary.

[Omitted here is the body of the telegram.]

  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy File, P870094–0677. Secret; Niact Immediate; Nodis. Sent for information Immediate to the White House.
  2. See Document 224.
  3. Not found.
  4. In telegram 6203 from Jidda, October 11, the Embassy described a meeting between West and Abdallah during which the two discussed the AWACS coverage, oil output, and Saudi air defense. (National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy File, D800489–0819)
  5. In telegram 6209 from Jidda, October 11, the Embassy summarized West’s meeting with Turki, during which they discussed U.S.-Saudi military cooperation in the face of the ongoing Iran-Iraq war. (National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy File, D800486–0596)