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Release No: 376-12
May 11, 2012

Readout of Secretary Panetta’s Meeting with the Bahraini Crown Prince

            Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby provided the following readout: 

            Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta met today with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa at the Pentagon.  Secretary Panetta affirmed the long-standing commitment of the United States to a strong partnership with both the people and the Government of Bahrain. 

            The leaders discussed the full range of regional and bilateral issues including Bahrain's support of United States Naval Forces Central Command. 

            They also discussed Bahraini Government's ongoing efforts to implement the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI).  Secretary Panetta noted the steps already taken to implement the recommendations, but expressed that work remains to fully address ongoing human rights issues, including individual cases.

            Secretary Panetta acknowledged the release of previously requested items and services that will help Bahrain maintain its external defense capabilities.  The United States government will continue to withhold materials that are predominantly intended for use by police and other internal security forces.