SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES N. MATTIS: Thank you, Dr. Chipman, and Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen. It's truly a pleasure to be back here at the Manama Dialogue. A special thank you for the foreign minister of Bahrain for its traditional and well-known warm hospitality to borrow the words of a former U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral William Crowe, Bahrain has and I quote here, "pound-for-pound." So, thank you very much to Bahrain for its continued leadership in this regard.
Like-minded nations here today do not seek war or conflict, yet, we cannot ignore the malign influence and destabilizing behavior pursued by violent extremist organizations and by Iran's "outlaw regime" to borrow U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo's recent words.
With our collective interest in peace and unwavering respect for human rights in mind, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in a diplomatic facility must concern us all greatly. As U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo stated, "the United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence."
Failure of any one nation to adhere to international norms and the rule of law undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed most as President Trump noted, "we're going to get to the bottom of it." So, within our democratic form of government in the United States, we recognized it, and President Trump has called for congressional involvement in the matter.
Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan once remarked that "lasting peace cannot be secured through the strength of arms alone. The open exchange of ideas ultimately is our greatest security," and now in that spirit, I look forward to that open exchange of ideas as I take your questions. Thank you very much, Ladies and Gentlemen. (Applause.)