RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Thursday the kingdom would prefer to have the U.S. as one of the bidders for its civilian nuclear programme.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan was commenting in a joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

"We have differences of opinion but we are working on finding mechanisms for us to be able to work together," he said.

(Reporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi and Humeyra Pamuk in Riyadh; Additional reporting by Nadine Awadalla in Dubai; Writing by Maha El Dahan; editing by John Stonestreet)