• U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, is welcomed by Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense Salman bin Abdulaziz , center, during a meeting at his residence in Riyadh, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

    Latest stop on U.S. defense secretary's Middle East tour intended to bolster ties with the military in a shaky Islamic republic.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 24, 2013, 4:51 AM EDT