The Deputy King of Bahrain, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa met with the United States Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Richard V. Spencer, at Riffa Palace.
During the meeting, the Deputy King and the US Secretary of the Navy (photo) discussed a wide range of regional and international developments, highlighting that Bahrain-US military relations represent the cornerstone of bilateral relations between the two countries, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
The Deputy King highlighted Bahrain’s long and active role promoting stability, stressing that these efforts encompass a broad spectrum of military, political, and economic collaboration with Arab and international partners.
The Deputy King praised Bahrain-US collaboration and coordination at all levels, and emphasized the US’ role in maintaining regional security and stability.
The Minister of Defense Affairs, Major-General Abdulla Al-Nuaimi and an accompanying delegation from the US, also attended the meeting
For his part, Commander-in-Chief of Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa also received the visiting U.S. Secretary of the Navy and his accompanying delegation.
The meeting was attended by Defense Minister Major General Abdullah bin Hassan Al Nuaimi and BDF Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant General Dhiab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi.
The BDF Commander-in-Chief welcomed the US Secretary of the Navy and his accompanying delegation and reviewed with them bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation and ways of bolstering them mainly in the defense field. He held a lunch banquet at the BDF Officers Club in honor of the US delegation on the occasion of their visit to Bahrain.
Present at the meeting were Defense Ministry Undersecretary Major General Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, General Command Court Director Major General Hassan Mohammed Sa’ad, Assistant Chief of Staff for Supply and Catering Rear Admiral Yusef Ahmed Malallah, Commander of the Royal Bahrain Air Force (RBAF) Air Vice-Marshal Sheikh Hamad bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Military Cooperation Director Rear Admiral Mohammed Hashim Al Sadah, Commander of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF) Commodore Mohammed Yusef Al Asam and senior officers.
The meeting was also attended by the US Naval Forces Central Command and Fifth Fleet Commander Vice Admiral James Malloy, the US Embassy Chargé D’Affaires Ms. Aimée Cutrona and the US Military Attaché Colonel Dave Wallin.