Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
October 11, 2019
Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper travels to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Qatar, October 13-18, 2019 to build on U.S. efforts to strengthen regional security partners in the face of growing Iranian aggression.
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Assistant Secretary Cooper will join Under Secretary of Defense John C. Rood on the U.S. delegation for a meeting of the Strategic Joint Planning Committee to consult with senior Saudi officials on regional security and defense cooperation.
In Amman, Jordan, Assistant Secretary Cooper will join U.S. embassy representatives for site visits to military installations where U.S. security assistance has supported major procurements of U.S. defense articles, improving Jordan’s operational capability and force readiness. Jordan is the third largest recipient of Foreign Military Financing managed by the Department. Assistant Secretary Cooper will meet with Jordanian officials to discuss regional security challenges and opportunities to expand partnership in support of the Jordan Armed Forces’ ability to secure its borders; counter terrorist threats; participate in coalition operations; and defend Jordan’s national territory. Assistant Secretary Cooper will also visit the Sir Bobby Charlton Rehabilitation Center, where U.S. assistance is providing rehabilitation and support to survivors of unexploded ordnance and landmine accidents.
In Doha, Qatar, Assistant Secretary Cooper will take part in an Ambassadors’ conference hosted by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), where he will consult with U.S. Chiefs of Mission from across the region, as well as meet with senior Qatari military and civilian officials.