U.S. defense secretary lands in Jordan at start of Middle East tour

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AMMAN (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Jordan on Sunday at the start of a Middle East tour that will also take him to Israel and Egypt in a show of support for its main regional allies against the growing threat posed by Iran, U.S. officials said. Austin wrote on Twitter before his departure that he would meet key leaders and “reaffirm the U.S. commitment to regional stability and advancing the shared interests of our allies and partners.” The U.S. Defense Department said ahead of the visit that discussions would focus on the growing threat Iran poses to regional stab…

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