Trump says ties with Bahrain won't be strained anymore
May 21 2017 10:21 AM
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US President Donald Trump and Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa take part in a bilateral meeting in Riyadh on Sunday.

Reuters/Riyadh

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday Washington's relations with Bahrain were set to improve, after meeting with the king of the Gulf state during a visit to Saudi Arabia.
"Our countries have a wonderful relationship together, but there has been a little strain, but there won't be strain with this administration," Trump said during a photo session with King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa in Riyadh.
"We're going to have a very, very long-term relationship. I look forward to it very much - many of the same things in common."
Trump's White House decided this year to pursue a $5bn sale to Bahrain of 19 Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft and related equipment.
Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa told Reuters last month that Trump better understood the threat to the United States' Gulf allies from Tehran than his predecessor Barack Obama.



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