HRH the Crown Prince meets the US Secretary of Defense

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Washington, Sept. 18 (BNA): His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, today met with the United States Secretary of Defence, Mark Thomas Esper, at the Pentagon.

During the meeting, HRH the Crown Prince highlighted that continued defence coordination and collaboration represents a cornerstone of the strategic partnership between Bahrain and the United States.

His Royal Highness pointed out that Bahrain has hosted the United States’ Fifth Fleet in the Arabian Gulf region since 1947, a continual reminder of the long-standing and mutually supportive partnership between the two countries.

HRH the Crown Prince later noted that Bahrain and the United States are fully aligned on a number of key issues, including the need to counter destabilising activities in the region and further afield.

HRH the Crown Prince went on to point out the Kingdom’s role in the development of a maritime taskforce to better protect shipping in the Arabian Gulf, a clear example of how Bahrain-US collaboration is supporting regional stability.

HRH the Crown Prince and the U.S. Secretary of Defense then reviewed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations and safeguard regional security.