Gulf, US commanders to hold talks in Kuwait

Gulf Arab army chiefs, including Qatar's military commander, will meet with US Central Command (CENTCOM) officials for talks on defence co-operation this week, AFP reported Sunday (September 9th).

An official with Kuwait's defence ministry said army commanders of the Gulf states would hold talks Monday in a scheduled meeting of the Gulf Co-operation Council Supreme Military Committee in Kuwait City.

The Gulf commanders also will meet representatives of CENTCOM and those of the Egyptian and Jordanian armies on Wednesday, the Kuwaiti official said.

The meetings will come just over a week after Pentagon chief James Mattis and CENTCOM head Gen. Joseph Votel held talks in the Gulf.

The Kuwait News Agency confirmed defence talks this week in Kuwait City.

In July, Kuwait's Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid al-Jarallah said his country was considering US proposals for a strategic alliance in the Middle East to counter Iran's influence in the region.

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