Deputy Crown Prince, U.S. Secretary of Defense Meet on Mutual Security Issues


WASHINGTON - 16 Jun 2016

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, currently on a visit to the United States, met at the Pentagon today with the U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and cooperation, in the military, existing between the two countries and means to promote them, in addition to review latest regional developments, in the region of the Middle East, and endeavors exerted to combat of terrorism and other issues of common interest.
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters following the bilateral meeting, the two defense leaders talked about the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Daech), events in Yemen, the recent Saudi role in successful operations aimed at al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as well as Saudi Arabia’s work to upgrade its military capabilities.
“Today’s meeting follows productive conversations in Riyadh during the [Gulf Cooperation Council] summit and many other interactions, including Minister Salman’s previous visit to the Pentagon in September,” the press secretary said, adding that Carter looks forward to continued cooperation to counter extremist threats, Daech, and Iran’s malign influence in the region and in other shared security concerns.