The report stated that Mr. Brennan was converted to Islam while CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia from 1996 to â99. During their talks, Hagel and his Saudi â¦ The bulk of the meetings will take place tomorrow, but shortly after arriving here today, Hagel met with Saudi â¦ RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: On his inaugural trip to the Middle East since taking office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met here today with Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement. Most of the GCC's six members - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman - are wary of Iranian influence in the Middle East, â¦ ___ Associated Press writer Adam Schreck contributed to this report. Chuck Hagel took the oath of office to serve as the 24th defense secretary at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013, becoming the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Defense Department. Media Availability with Secretary Hagel en route to Saudi Arabia; About the Secretary. Top officials from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and everyoneâs favorite regional black sheep, Qatar, all attended. After his talks in Israel, Hagel is scheduled to visit Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, May 13, 2014 â Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived here today to participate in a Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministerial conference. Hagel served in the U.S. Senate, representing Nebraska from 1996 to 2009. Saudi Arabia would purchase the same advanced missiles provided to the UAE, allowing Saudi fighters to strike ground targets at a safe distance. Hagel also said he wants the Gulf nations to participate in an annual defense ministers' conference, and would like the first meeting to happen in the next six months. Before leaving Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Hagel met with defense ministers from all six member nations of the GCC -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Tags: Saudi Arabia arms deal UAE arms sales Chuck Hagel U.S.-Israel Hagel is expected to visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia to meet with leaders in the coming days. Hagelâs first stop was Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where the defense ministers of the six Gulf Cooperation countries were holding a summit meeting. Hagel will next travel to Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. AP Photo/Mark Wilson, Pool U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, greets Saudi Arabia Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Salman bin Sultan, â¦ Hagelâs visit to Saudi Arabia, the senior official said, came at the personal direction of President Barack Obama to convey that the United States will continue planning for all options to prevent Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon, in the event Iran fails to live up to its commitments. $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE will see the U.S. providing missiles, warplanes and troop transports.