Bahrain, US in talks on joint air defence system
Manama, March 25, 2008
Bahrain is hoping to set up an air defence system in co-operation with the US and acquire the Patriot system to counter missile threats.
This was revealed by His Majesty King Hamad after a visit to the Pentagon on Monday night, where he held talks with Defence secretary Robert Gates and senior officials.
'Our defence co-operation with the US goes back over 60 years. It has consistently proved its value in maintaining peace and security in the Gulf and we believe that the region will continue to need such co-operation now and in the future,' His Majesty said.
'Today, we discussed our readiness to confront any possible threat to the stability and security of the Arabian Gulf and, in this respect, we will increase our joint exercises to adapt to the new defence systems.
'Our talks on defence co-operation is consistent with Bahrain's status as a major non-Nato ally of the US.
'We appreciate the support of President George W Bush in all fields, including his support during the current visit to Washington.'-TradeArabia News Service