US Defense Secretary to Al Arabiya: Iran is behind all regional crises

Thursday, 15 February 2018

US Defense Secretary James Mattis told Al Arabiya that Iran is behind all the regional crises. In response to a question by Al Arabiya, Mattis said: "Syria should belong to Syrians and Iraq to the Iraqis." Speaking from Brussels on the sidelines of a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Mattis added that Iran is involved in the crises in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain and Iraq. NATO defense ministers are expected to agree in Brussels, on Thursday, on how to begin the ...

Mattis urges de-escalation of Gulf tensions in call with Qatari official

Sunday, 31 December 2017

US Defense Secretary James Mattis emphasized the importance of deescalating tensions in the Gulf, a Pentagon statement said on Saturday. Speaking to his Qatari counterpart Khalid Al-Attiyah on the phone, the secretary “emphasized the importance of deescalating tensions in the Middle East so all partners in the Gulf region can focus their combined efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and deal with the threat Iran poses to the region.”  

Trump administration does not want limits on war authorization

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

President Donald Trump’s top national security aides pushed back on Monday against US lawmakers calling for a new congressional war authorization, saying it would be a mistake to impose geographic or time limits on the campaign against ISIS and other militant groups. “War is fundamentally unpredictable,” Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told a Senate hearing about a potential new authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, Congress’ most significant step in ...

Mattis warns ‘massive’ response to North Korea atomic weapon use

Saturday, 28 October 2017

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Saturday warned North Korea of a “massive military response” to any use of nuclear weapons as tensions remain sky-high ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to South Korea.Pyongyang in recent months has sparked global alarm by conducting a sixth nuclear test and test-launching missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, while Trump and the North’s young ruler Kim Jong-Un have traded threats of war and personal insults.READ ALSO: Trump ...

US will launch ‘massive military response’ to North Korea threats: Mattis

Sunday, 3 September 2017

The United States will launch a “massive military response” to threats from North Korea, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Sunday. He spoke after President Donald Trump met with his national security advisers following a test of what Pyongyang said was a hydrogen bomb able to fit atop a missile. “Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming,” ...

Saudi Crown Prince telephones US Defense Secretary James Mattis

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, made a telephone call to United States Defense Secretary James Mattis congratulating him on the victory over ISIS in Mosul.Prince Mohammed bin Salman praised the US role in leading the international coalition in the fight against ISIS, stressing that the war on terrorism and all those who support and finance it must continue to be firm.The two sides also discussed ways of ...

Mattis: Iranian plot to kill Saudi ambassador was approved at ‘highest level’

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

US Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a televised interview this week that an Iranian plot to kill the then Saudi ambassador to Washington Adel al-Jubeir was an “operation approved at the highest level.” Jubeir, who now serves as the Saudi foreign minister, had been a target of the failed assassination attempt in 2011. “They [the Iranians] are not looking out for the best interests of their people,” Mattis told CBS’s Face the Nation. “You’ve got this ...

Saudi deputy crown prince: ‘If Saudis convinced by reforms, sky is the limit’

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that if recent reforms being made in the kingdom were convincing to the Saudi people, then "the sky is the limit." Speaking to the Washington Post’s David Ignatius this week, Prince Mohammed highlighted the revolutionary changes for the kingdom under Vision 2030. Ignatius describes the 31-year-old deputy crown prince as "unlike so many Saudi princes, he wasn’t educated in the West, which may have preserved the ...

Salman-Mattis meeting affirms convergence on security issues

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, met in his office in Riyadh on Wednesday with US Defense Secretary James Mattis. The meeting discussed bilateral relations and opportunities for improving them and pledged to develop programs and initiatives between the two countries. During the session, the two sides discussed the challenges facing the region, especially the hostile practices of the Iranian regime and its ...

Mattis in Riyadh: There is disorder wherever Iran is present

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received the United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh today, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) has announced. During the meeting, they discussed ways of enhancing strategic friendship relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, especially in the field of defense, and the latest developments of regional and international events. At the end of his talks today in Riyadh, the ...

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