Washington, Sept. 17 (BNA): His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, today met with the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence.
During the meeting, HRH the Crown Prince welcomed the enduring strength of Bahrain – U.S. relations, noting that the partnership is based on close security, trade and cultural ties.
HRH the Crown Prince went on to stress the importance of maintaining this key alliance in the face of continued threats, both in the Arabian Gulf region and internationally. In this regard, HRH pointed to Bahrain’s long track record in the fight against extremism and terrorism.
HRH the Crown Prince stressed that coordinated action is essential to continued regional stability and economic development.
Later, His Royal Highness and the Vice President signed an agreement to acquire Patriot surface-to-air missile system equipment for Bahrain, which will form a vital component of the Bahrain Defence Force’s combat readiness strategy.
The Vice President of the United States then held a lunch banquet in honour of HRH the Crown Prince, where he lauded Bahrain’s contributions towards promoting peace in the region, maritime security, and countering terrorism.