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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Saudi Arabia early Monday morning for talks with the close ally amid mounting tensions with Iran.
In Jeddah, Mr. Pompeo will meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss regional problems in general and Iran in particular.
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In the UAE, the secretary of state will discuss maritime security and heightened tensions with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
His trip was only announced late last week as an addition to a visit to India. Mr Pompeo called the UAE and Saudi Arabia “two great allies” in tackling the challenge that Iran presents.
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He said the United States sought a regional coalition “not only throughout the Gulf states but in Asia and in Europe that understands this challenge and is prepared to push back against the world’s largest state sponsor of terror”.
Mr. Pompeo recently used rare emergency powers, citing Iran as a threat, to authorise $8.1 billion in weapons sales to...
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