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U.S. defense chief to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel next week
April 14, 2017 / 4:50 PM / 7 months ago

U.S. defense chief to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Qatar and Djibouti starting on Tuesday, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks at the opening of the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

It said Mattis would “reaffirm key U.S. military alliances,” and “discuss cooperative effort to counter destabilizing activities and defeat extremist terror organizations” during the April 18-23 tour. In Israel, he will hold talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the statement said.

Reporting by Washington Newsroom, editing by G Crosse

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