Saudi Defense Minister Meets US Central Command Chief

Photo: SPA Saudi Press Agency (SPA) WAM27.07.2017 KSA
Saudi Defense Minister Meets US Central Command Chief

Saudi Defense Minister Meets US Central Command Chief

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The Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud met at his office at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah with the Commander of the US Central Command General Joseph Fotel.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman is also Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Defense.

During the meeting, they reviewed areas of bilateral cooperation, particularly in the military aspect, as well as the joint efforts in fighting terrorism and combating extremism, in addition to the latest developments in the region, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The meeting was attended by a number of officials from the two sides.

Earlier, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received on Monday, the visiting Commander of the U.S. Central Command, General Joseph L. Votel, at Al Shati Palace, UAE national news agency WAM reported.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and General Votel discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance them.

They reviewed co-ordination and co-operation between the two countries in a number of military and defense domains. They also tackled the joint efforts to fight extremism and terrorism and the importance of boosting co-operation to better serve interests of the two friendly countries and preserve security and stability of the region.

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and the Commander of U.S. Central Command exchanged views on the latest developments in the region, as well as issues of mutual concern.

Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States of America, Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, Lieutenant General, Isa Saif bin Ablan Al Mazrouei, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, the US Ambassador to the UAE, Barbara A. Leaf, and the delegation accompanying General Votel, attended the meeting.

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