UPDATED 10:43 AM PT – Friday, December 4, 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave remarks at the IISS Manama dialogue in Bahrain. He delivered the opening virtual address on the dialogue Friday.
The annual event is aimed at encouraging debate about the Middle East’s most pressing security challenges and attracts policy makers from all over the world.
Pompeo touted the U.S.’s role in fostering peace in the region, specifically their efforts in mitigating the threat posed by ISIS and Iran. He also noted U.S. efforts to encourage other countries to pursue peace and security on their own as well.
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Pompeo went on to thank America’s allies for their assistance in U.S. efforts. Moving forward, the secretary noted he’s confident nations in the Middle East will do what is right for a secure region and what is right for their people.
Bahrain plays a key role in regional security architecture and is a vital partner in defense initiatives. Bahrain hosts the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet & Naval Forces Central Command and participates in U.S.-led military coalitions, including the Global @Coalition to Defeat ISIS. pic.twitter.com/qmdxAfxF82
— Department of State (@StateDept) December 4, 2020