Mattis shows support for 'Arab NATO' concept, despite regional challenges

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(Worthy News) - Defense Secretary James Mattis on Tuesday voiced his implicit support for a so-called “Arab NATO” that would include the small, oil-rich nation of Qatar, despite Doha’s ongoing diplomatic conflicts with Saudi Arabia and its Middle East allies.

“The U.S. supports an inclusive, strategic Mideast alliance … one that brings together all partners to address shared challenges,” the former four-star general said, standing alongside Qatari Defense Minister Khalid Al-Attiyah at the Pentagon Tuesday.

“Washington remains committed to working by, with and through partners in the region to make this concept a reality, and to deter hostile actors,” Mr. Mattis added in prepared remarks to reporters, ahead of bilateral meetings with the Qatari defense chief. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ]

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