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U.S. defense secretary to travel to Gulf countries next week

04 September 2021 [16:00] - TODAY.AZ

By Trend

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait next week, the Pentagon said on Friday, in a "thank you" tour for allies and troops that helped in the massive U.S.-led airlift from Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, Trend reports citing Reuters.

Austin planned to leave on Sunday and meet with regional officials as well as U.S. service members and other government staff.

"Throughout his trip, Secretary Austin will meet with regional partners and thank them for their cooperation with the United States as we evacuated Americans, Afghans and citizens from other nations from Afghanistan," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.


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