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Immediate Release

Readout of Meeting with U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood and Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

Nov. 23, 2019

Lt. Col. Carla Gleason provided the following readout: 

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood met with Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa  at the Guadaybiya Palace to reaffirm the longstanding defense relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The U.S. and Bahrain are equally concerned about the threat posed to Bahrain and the broader region by Iranian malign activity, and to that end, are supportive of U.S. efforts to ensure a strong force posture in the region.

Under Secretary Rood thanked his Majesty for hosting the IISS-chaired Manama Dialogue, and expressed deep appreciation for the support Bahrain provides the U.S. 5th Fleet in the Kingdom and their participation in the International Maritime Security Construct.