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US Central Command chief met Saudi navy's head on Iran tension

Vice Admiral Jim Malloy and Vice Admiral Fahad al Ghofaily discussed strengthening the kingdom's maritime defences against 'Iranian aggression'

US Central Command chief met Saudi navy's head on Iran tension
“Engaging and operating closely with regional counterparts is essential to maintain deterrence,” said Vice Admiral Jim Malloy.

The head of the US Naval Forces Central Command met with the chief of Saudi Arabia’s navy to discuss strengthening the kingdom’s maritime defences against “Iranian aggression” after attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities last month.

Vice Admiral Jim Malloy met in Riyadh with Vice Admiral Fahad al Ghofaily, the commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, as well as US Ambassador John Abizaid on Sept. 29, according to a statement from US Naval Forces Central Command.

“Engaging and operating closely with regional counterparts is essential to maintain deterrence,” said Malloy. “This visit was an opportunity to discuss our mutual efforts going forward to coordinate defence against provocation and attack.”