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US Defense Secretary Says Will Visit Persian Gulf Region Next Week

© REUTERS / JONATHAN ERNSTU.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs U.S. Army General Mark Milley attend a hearing on the Pentagon’s budget request to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., June 10, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs U.S. Army General Mark Milley attend a hearing on the Pentagon’s budget request to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., June 10, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.09.2021
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WASHINGTON, (Sputnik) – US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Wednesday that he will embark on a trip to the Persian Gulf next week.
"Now the war is over and we're entering a new chapter, one in where our diplomats and our interagency partners take the lead... I'll be traveling to the [Persian] Gulf next week to thank our partners there who have done so much to help save and shelter Afghan civilians", Austin told a press briefing.
 
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