Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Alexander Vershbow will travel to Bahrain and Oman March 23-24, 2010, to co-lead the fifth round of the Gulf Security Dialogue.
On March 23, Assistant Secretaries Shapiro and Vershbow will meet in Manama, Bahrain with Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and Minister of State for Defense Affairs Dr. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa for the U.S.-Bahrain Security Dialogue. On March 24, the officials will travel on to Muscat, Oman, where they will meet with Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud Al Busaidi for the U.S.-Oman Security Dialogue.
The Gulf Security Dialogue is the U.S. Government’s principal security coordination mechanism with the nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The Dialogue supports our enduring interest in the region, focusing on a wide range of political-military issues, including shared strategic challenges in the wider region and enhancing partnerships in the areas of security cooperation, counterterrorism, border security, nonproliferation and maritime security.