US sees no change in ties with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's King Salman arriving for the funeral of his half-brother, the late King Abdullah, in Riyadh on Jan 23, 2015. The United States does not expect any change in its relations with Saudi Arabia following the death of longtime King Abdullah
Saudi Arabia's King Salman arriving for the funeral of his half-brother, the late King Abdullah, in Riyadh on Jan 23, 2015. The United States does not expect any change in its relations with Saudi Arabia following the death of longtime King Abdullah and the ascension of Salman, the State Department said on Friday. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States does not expect any change in its relations with Saudi Arabia following the death of longtime King Abdullah and the ascension of Salman, the State Department said on Friday.

"We have a long history of cooperation. We don't have any indication that that cooperation will change," State Department spokesman Jen Psaki told reporters.

"We look forward to continuing the close partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman," she said.

"They are in a period of mourning right now. But there are a range of issues that we've worked together on whether it's the Arab Peace Initiative or the campaign to degrade and defeat ISIL." ISIL refers to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militant group.

She said she had no announcements on whether Secretary of State John Kerry would travel to Riyadh in the coming days.