US Defense Secretary Says Will Visit Persian Gulf Region Next Week
© REUTERS / JONATHAN ERNSTU.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs U.S. Army General Mark Milley attend a hearing on the Pentagon’s budget request to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., June 10, 2021.
© REUTERS / JONATHAN ERNST
WASHINGTON, (Sputnik) – US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Wednesday that he will embark on a trip to the Persian Gulf next week.
"Now the war is over and we're entering a new chapter, one in where our diplomats and our interagency partners take the lead... I'll be traveling to the [Persian] Gulf next week to thank our partners there who have done so much to help save and shelter Afghan civilians", Austin told a press briefing.