Monday, December 9, 2013
(Undated) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is reassuring Arab leaders in the Gulf the U.S. remains committed to security in the Middle East. Hagel spoke at a regional security forum today to address concerns about the focus of U.S. policy. He cited America's emphasis on diplomacy as well as the continuing U.S. military presence as proof of that long term commitment. Hagel's remarks come at a time of heightened tension between Gulf powers and Washington. Leaders fear the U.S. will lose focus on the region as it strategically moves to Asia.