MANAMA, 25th February, 2016 (WAM) — His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain has received the Commander of the US Central Command, General Lloyd J. Austin, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.

Bahrain News Agency, BNA, stated that His Majesty the King lauded the strong historical relations between Bahrain and the USA, stressing growing cooperation between both countries, mainly in the defence and military field.

He underlined Bahrain’s keenness on further consolidating bilateral ties for the best interests of both countries and peoples. He also emphasised Bahrain’s support to all efforts aimed at boosting regional security and stability.

He commended the key role of the USA in promoting regional and international peace and stability, praising the efforts of Gen. Austin in cementing cooperation between the two friendly countries.

He also discussed with Gen. Austin regional and international developments.

WAM/Ahlam/Moran