Pom­peo in Cairo to tackle Iran, Gaza, re­gional is­sues


The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo

Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo ar­rived on an of­fi­cial visit in Iraq on Wed­nes­day to meet with the coun­try’s lead­ers as part of a Mid­dle East tour.

This came on the se­cond day of his tour, which be­gan in Jor­dan and in­cludes Bagh­dad, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emi­rates, Saudi Ara­bia, Kuwait and Oman.

In Jor­dan, Pom­peo met with Jor­da­nian lead­ers to dis­cuss ar­eas of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion, as well as ways to boost the strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween them, and dis­cussed with Jor­da­nian lead­ers crit­i­cal re­gional is­sues in­clud­ing Syria, and Jor­dan’s fu­ture trade re­la­tions with Iraq.

Pom­peo is ex­pected to travel to Cairo af­ter leav­ing Iraq, where he will meet with Egyp­tian lead­ers to dis­cuss crit­i­cal re­gional is­sues, in­clud­ing Iran, Gaza, and coun­tert­er­ror­ism, as well as eco­nomic and en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion. Dur­ing his visit in Cairo, he will also de­liver a speech on the United States com­mit­ment to peace and se­cu­rity in the Mid­dle East.

More­over, Pom­peo will lead the US del­e­ga­tion at the se­cond US-Qatar Strate­gic Dia­logue in Doha, which will fur­ther en­hance bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in dif­fer­ent fields. He also will meet with Qatari lead­ers to dis­cuss re­gional is­sues, such as Afghanistan and the im­por­tance of a united Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) in stand­ing against the Ira­nian regime.

For his visit to Riyadh, the sec­re­tary will meet with Saudi lead­ers to dis­cuss key bi­lat­eral and re­gional pri­or­i­ties, in­clud­ing Ye­men, Iran, and Syria, and will con­fer re­gard­ing up­dates on the sta­tus into the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the mur­der of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi.

In Mus­cat, the sec­re­tary will meet with Omani lead­ers to dis­cuss ways to pro­mote peace through­out the re­gion, in­clud­ing in Ye­men.

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

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