Bahrain : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa received at Sakhir Palace today the US Secretary of Defence, loyd Austin, on the occasion of his visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The US Defence Secretary conveyed to HM the King thanks and respect of the US President Joe Biden for the key role played by Bahrain in the relief and evacuation efforts of the US citizens and Afghan civilians. He also conveyed the US President’s appreciation of strong relations of friendship and cooperation between both countries.
HM the King welcomed the US Secretary of Defence and asked him to convey his greetings to the US President. He reviewed deep-rooted historical relations and strategic cooperation between the two friendly countries.
HM the King expressed appreciation of the Bahraini-American relations which are based on mutual confidence and respect and common keenness to further bolster cooperation between the two friendly countries in various fields. He commended historical ties binding the two friendly countries for over 120 years, stressing the kingdom’s keenness to continue providing humanitarian relief aid to Afghanistan and its people.
HM the King lauded the role of the American community in the Kingdom of Bahrain, praising the significant and active role of the US administration, in cooperation with allied and friendly countries, to ensure regional security and stability and preserve global peace. He also discussed with the US Secretary of Defence regional and international developments and issues of common interest.
The US Secretary of Defence expressed thanks and respect to HM the King for the gracious welcome and hospitality, praising cooperation between the two countries and keenness to further boost it to promote regional security. He also commended Bahrain’s hosting of the 5th fleet, which is part of bilateral military cooperation and reflects deep-rooted historical relations of friendship and distinguished partnership between both countries.