Pentagon chief, Saudi deputy crown prince discuss fight against Islamic State

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Defense Secretary James Mattis welcomes Saudi Arabia's Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) hosts an enhanced honor cordon welcoming Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., March 16, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday and they discussed U.S.-Saudi military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Mattis and Prince Mohammed, who is the kingdom's defence minister, also discussed "confronting Iran's destabilising regional activities," the statement said.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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