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Pentagon chief to assure allies of US commitment in Bahrain, UAE

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will speak at the Manama Dialogue forum on Saturday morning.
Lloyd Austin

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Bahrain earlier today with plans to speak with a number of Middle Eastern officials amid concerns over Russia and China’s inroads in the Gulf.

While no meetings have yet been made public, the Saudi, Egyptian and Libyan foreign ministers will be in attendance at the Manama Dialogue forum, along with dozens of other senior regional officials.

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