U.S. Department of Defense
|Release No. NR-107-16||March 24, 2016|
Today, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Saudi Arabia's Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman spoke by phone. They affirmed the importance of the U.S.-Saudi defense relationship, and discussed the security environment in the Middle East, to include ways to work together to strengthen cooperation on counterterrorism efforts. The Secretary welcomed Saudi Arabia's contributions to the counter ISIL coalition campaign and discussed ways to expand their cooperation. Secretary and Deputy Crown Prince agreed on the need to stay in close communication going forward.
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