Mattis, Omani Foreign Minister Discuss Defense Relationship


Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Omani Foreign Affairs Minister Yusuf bin Alawi discussed a range of regional security issues as well as ways to strengthen the two countries’ defense relationship during their meeting at the Pentagon today, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a statement.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomes Yusuf bin Alawi, Oman's minister responsible for foreign affairs, to the Pentagon for consultations.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomes Yusuf bin Alawi, Oman's minister responsible for foreign affairs, to the Pentagon for consultations, July 27, 2018. Before he welcomed the senior Omani official, Mattis told reporters he’s pleased North Korea has turned over 55 cases of remains of fallen U.S. service members from the Korean War, and he looks forward to further negotiations to repatriate the remains of more fallen service members. DoD photo by Jim Garamone
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomes Yusuf bin Alawi, Oman's minister responsible for foreign affairs, to the Pentagon for consultations.
Mattis Welcomes
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomes Yusuf bin Alawi, Oman's minister responsible for foreign affairs, to the Pentagon for consultations, July 27, 2018. Before he welcomed the senior Omani official, Mattis told reporters he’s pleased North Korea has turned over 55 cases of remains of fallen U.S. service members from the Korean War, and he looks forward to further negotiations to repatriate the remains of more fallen service members. DoD photo by Jim Garamone

Mattis and the senior Omani official reaffirmed the longstanding defense relationship between the United States and Oman, White said.

Regional Security Issues

The two leaders, she added, also discussed a broad range of regional security issues, including the conflict in Yemen, freedom of navigation and multilateral counterterrorism cooperation.

Mattis said Oman is a vital U.S. security partner in the Middle East, White said. The two leaders, she added, also are exploring ways to strengthen their bilateral defense cooperation.