U.S. defense chief to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel next week



U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Qatar and Djibouti starting on Tuesday, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday.


It said Mattis would "reaffirm key U.S. military alliances," and "discuss cooperative effort to counter destabilizing activities and defeat extremist terror organizations" during the April 18-23 tour. 


In Israel, he will hold talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the statement said.

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