US Secretary of State to visit Oman as part of Mideast tour

January 09, 2019

US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo arrived in Jordan on Tuesday as part of his multi-nation Middle East tour till January 15. He will further travel to Egypt, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait.

Pompeo will be visiting Oman at the end of the tour before concluding his trip in Kuwait.

According to a statement by the US Department of State, Pompeo began his trip in Amman where he was to meet with Jordanian leaders to discuss areas of cooperation, as well as ways to expand the strategic US-Jordan partnership.

He will engage with the leaders on critical regional issues including Syria and Jordan’s future trade relations with Iraq.

Pompeo will then travel to Cairo, where he will meet with Egyptian leaders to discuss issues, including Iran, Gaza, and counterterrorism, as well as economic and energy cooperation. He will deliver a speech on the United States’ commitment to peace, prosperity, stability, and security in the Middle East.

In Manama, he will meet with Bahraini leaders to discuss areas of cooperation, as well as ways to expand the strategic US-Bahraini partnership. Pompeo and Bahraini leaders will engage on issues including counterterrorism.

In Abu Dhabi, he will meet with the leaders of the UAE to discuss regional and bilateral issues, including ways to further expand ties in areas such as trade and investment. Pompeo will also discuss the need for all parties to adhere to the agreements made at the Yemen talks in Sweden, particularly the ceasefire and redeployment of forces in Hodeida, in support of the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen.

He will lead the US delegation at the second US-Qatar Strategic Dialogue in Doha, which will further enhance bilateral cooperation in military, energy, counterterrorism, labour, education, culture, and commercial matters.

Pompeo will also meet with the Qatari leaders to discuss issues such as Afghanistan and the importance of a united GCC in advancing peace, prosperity, and security in the region.

In Riyadh, Pompeo will meet with Saudi leaders to discuss key bilateral and regional priorities, including Yemen, Iran, and Syria. He and Saudi leaders will discuss ways to continue supporting UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths as he works towards a comprehensive political agreement among parties to end the Yemen conflict.

In Muscat, Pompeo will meet Omani leaders to discuss ways to promote peace throughout the region, including in Yemen, and build upon the strong US-Oman partnership. He and Omani leaders will discuss the Middle East Strategic Alliance and the importance of a united GCC.

He will conclude his trip in Kuwait City, where he will lead the US delegation at the third US-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue, which will focus on many new areas of cooperation, including defence, cybersecurity, and strengthening economic ties.

Pompeo will also meet with Kuwaiti leaders to discuss important issues, including the need for GCC unity and supporting UN-led efforts towards a comprehensive political agreement among parties to end the conflict in Yemen.

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