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Defense Secretary Visits Middle East; July - August 2007
"Multiple administrations of both American political parties have concluded that stability in the Gulf region is a vital American interest - an interest and a responsibility we will not abandon."
- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, March 27, 2007
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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates makes remarks while visiting U.S. troops at Camp Arifjan's dining facility in Kuwait, Aug. 1, 2007.

During a press conference following talks with Arab leaders in Egypt, July 31, 2007, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says the United Statses will stand by its allies in the Middle East for the long term.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates meets with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayid, United Arab Emirates' crown prince and chief of staff, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 2, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby Hi-Res Photo
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates meets with Kuwaiti Air Vice Marshal Yousef Duwayan Ghanin Faris al-utaibi, upon his arrival in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Aug. 1, 2007. Gates is in Kuwait to discuss regional affairs and the U.S.'s long-term relationship with Kuwait. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby Hi-Res Photo
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Gates Optimistic on Iraqi Security Front

EN ROUTE TO WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2007 – While acknowledging that he’s disappointed with political upheaval within the Iraqi government, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he’s hopeful about progress on the security front. Story

Middle East Trip Aimed to Sow Relationships

EN ROUTE TO WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates described his just-concluded trip to the Middle East as “gardening” – preparing the ground for long-term U.S. security relationships in the region. Story

Gates Meets With Kuwaiti Leaders, U.S. Troops

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, Aug. 1, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today for his first visit as defense secretary to thank Kuwaiti leaders for their support in the war on terror and to encourage greater cooperation in helping neighboring Iraq stand up its government. Story

Saudi Arabia Pledges to Support Iraq

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 1, 2007 – Saudi Arabia promised today to continue working with its Gulf neighbors to support Iraq’s new government and promote stability in the region. Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faysal made the pledge here during a joint news conference with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Story

Military Sales Package Aims to Boost Long-Term Stability

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 1, 2007 – The recently announced military sales package to several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, represents an investment in the region’s long-term stability, U.S. and Saudi leaders said here today. Story

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates are greeted by Saud Al-Failsal, Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister, and Saudi Assistant Minister of Defense Prince Khalid Bin Sultan, upon their arrival at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 31, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby Hi-Res Photo
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U.S. Garners Commitments from Iraq’s Neighbors

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, July 31, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice got firm commitments here today from Iraq’s neighbors that they’ll continue to support the Iraqi government and counter forces trying to derail it. Story

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meet with President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, July 31, 2007. Gates and Rice are in Egypt to meet with the president and the minister of defense to discuss regional affairs and the U.S.'s long-term relationship with Egypt. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby Hi-Res Photo
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Gates, Rice to Reaffirm U.S. Ties to Gulf Region

EN ROUTE TO SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, July 30, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said his rare and possibly unprecedented joint trip here with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sends a message that the United States has no intention of cutting long-term ties in the region.Story

Arms Sale to Help Bolster Long-Term Security

EN ROUTE TO SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, July 30, 2007 – A military sales package for Arab countries estimated at $20 billion represents a tangible symbol of the United States’ commitment to the region and its long-term security, a senior defense official said today on background. Story

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates answer questions from reporters during a media briefing in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, July, 31, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby Hi-Res Photo
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