His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa received Monday at the Sakhir Palace, in the presence of Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, US Ambassador to Bahrain, Justin Hicks Siberell, accompanied by Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, the new Head of US Naval Forces Central Command and US 5th Fleet.
HM the King welcomed Vice Admiral Malloy and wished him success in his new post. He further highlighted the depth of the longstanding bilateral relations and partnerships based on respect and joint coordination, according to Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
HM the King noted the constantly progressing cooperation in military and defense fields in the interest of mutual goals and aspirations. He also praised the American Administration’s pivotal role in maintaining international peace and stability. He commended the former commanders of the 5th fleet, who performed their duties to the fullest.
Vice Admiral Malloy expressed appreciation of HM the King’s effort to promote the friendship relations and defense and military cooperation between the two countries, hailing Bahrain’s key contribution to establish peace and stability at the global level.