Friday, July 22, 2011

US denies 'Fifth Fleet' relocating from Bahrain ...

"American officials are denying press reports that the Navy’s Fifth Fleet, based in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, was considering a move out of the strife-ridden port.
“We are aware of these reports, which do not reflect the views of either the departments of State or Defense," a State Department official told The Huffington Post.
"Diplomatically, we regard Bahrain as an important partner, while the U.S. Navy has a long-standing relationship of more than 60 years with Bahrain, which is a vital member of our Combined Maritime Forces, supporting regional maritime security and stability.”..."

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