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Readout of Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper's Meeting With Bahrain's Deputy Supreme Commander His Royal Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa

Sept. 17, 2019

Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper met with Bahrain's Deputy Supreme Commander His Royal Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the strategic security partnership between the United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The leaders discussed mutual security concerns, including maritime security threats and Iranian malign influence in the region.

Secretary Esper also expressed appreciation to Prince Salman for hosting the U.S. Fifth Fleet and U.S. forces in Bahrain, and for their partnership in the International Maritime Security Construct to protection freedom of navigation in critical waterways.