Today: Friday, 19 July 2019 year

Mike Pompeo to visit Saudi Arabia, UAE to discuss Iran

Mike Pompeo to visit Saudi Arabia, UAE to discuss Iran

Mike Pompeo intends to strengthen the coalition against Iran, BBC reported. The US Secretary of State’s visit to Saudi Arabia and the UAE aimed at the discussion the recent developments in the region.

The US Secretary of State’s trip to the UAE and Saudi Arabia was hastily inserted to the schedule as an addition to a trip to India. According to Mr Pompeo, Jeddah and Abu Dhabi remain «two great allies» in tackling the challenge that Iran presents.

In his speech in Washington, Pompeo said that he would talk with representatives in UAE and Saudi Arabia about how to make sure that the coalition is «strategically aligned». The US Secretary of State added that he also wanted the coalition to stretch to Asia and Europe, not only the Persian Gulf countries.

In India, Mike Pompeo planned to join President Trump. Visits to Japan and South Korea also scheduled for the top US officials. The fast changes in the trip itinerary caused by the fast-moving and unpredictable developments, the press secretary said.

According to Mike Pompeo, the coalition against Iran should push back against «the world’s largest state sponsor of terror».

“We do strongly believe that the solution is for Iran to stop its destabilising activity throughout the Middle East and we are very concerned about the sabotaging of tankers that has happened recently, which is almost certainly Iran, and we’re constantly in touch with the United States,» Mr Pompeo said.

Thus, the US and allies want to de-escalate the situation but the coalition is extremely worried.