US Defence chief arrives in Saudi

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) is welcomed by Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Salman bin Sultan upon his arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport on May 13, 2014 in Jeddah, Saudia ArabiaJeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in the Saudi Arabia Tuesday, the first leg of a regional tour focusing on Iran’s nuclear programme and Syria’s civil war. Hagel will hold talks with Saudi officials and on Wednesday he will meet Gulf Cooperation Council defence ministers in the first US-GCC meeting of its kind since 2008. An AFP photographer said Hagel’s plane touched down in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, ahead of a planned tour that US officials said will also take him to Jordan and Israel.

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