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Pentagon chief, Saudi deputy crown prince discuss fight against Islamic State
March 16, 2017 / 11:40 PM / in 5 months

Pentagon chief, Saudi deputy crown prince discuss fight against Islamic State

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U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) welcomes Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., March 16, 2017.Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday and they discussed U.S.-Saudi military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Mattis and Prince Mohammed, who is the kingdom's defense minister, also discussed "confronting Iran's destabilizing regional activities," the statement said.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh

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