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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' Meeting with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman

March 16, 2017

Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman at the Pentagon today. The meeting follows the deputy crown prince's meeting with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday. 

Secretary Mattis and the deputy crown prince affirmed the importance of the U.S.-Saudi Arabia defense relationship, and discussed the security environment in the Middle East, to include confronting Iran's destabilizing regional activities, and U.S.-Saudi Arabia military cooperation in defeating ISIS and other transnational terrorist organizations. 

The two leaders stated they looked forward to deepening the U.S.-Saudi Arabia defense partnership and continuing to work closely together.