Pentagon chief, Saudi deputy crown prince discuss fight against Islamic State

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Defense Secretary James Mattis welcomes Saudi Arabia's Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday and they discussed U.S.-Saudi military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Mattis and Prince Mohammed, who is the kingdom’s defense minister, also discussed “confronting Iran’s destabilizing regional activities,” the statement said.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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