WASHINGTON — The White House says Bahrain’s crown prince promoted $9 billion in commercial deals with U.S. companies during a White House meeting with President Trump.

The deals included the purchase of F-16 fighter planes and the extension of a defense cooperation agreement between the countries for 15 years.

Trump had said during a brief media availability before Thursday’s meeting that Bahrain is “doing a lot of business” with the U.S.

He said Bahrain “buying a lot of things.” The president cited the $9 billion figure.

Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa said the visit was important to the kingdom and the 100-year relationship between the two countries.

He said the U.S. and Bahrain will continue to strengthen ties that the people of both countries have benefited from.


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