Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby provided the following readout:
Upon his arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Saudi Vice Minister of Defense Salman bin Sultan. The secretary last saw the vice minister at the Pentagon in March.
Secretary Hagel expressed his appreciation for Saudi leaders hosting the U.S.-GCC Strategic Defense Dialogue, the first meeting of its kind since 2008.
The leaders discussed regional threats and challenges including Iran and Syria and the importance of maintaining close cooperation on these and other issues in the region.
Secretary Hagel emphasized the long-standing and enduring U.S. - Saudi defense partnership and U.S. commitment to stability and security in the region.