Pompeo wants to end Gulf dispute during Qatar visit
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Qatar on Sunday pushing for an end to a diplomatic rift between Washington's Gulf allies on the latest leg of his Middle East tour. The top US diplomat’s visit to the small, energy-rich Gulf state comes amid a more than 18-monthold dispute pitting Riyadh and its allies against Doha. “It is time for old rivalries to end for the sake of the greater good of the region,” Pompeo said on Thursday in Cairo, where he laid out the Middle East strategy of Trump’s adminstration.
The secretary of state travelled to Doha from Abu Dhabi, where he met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (in pic) on Saturday.
Pompeo is later expected to head to Riyadh, where all eyes will be on a possible meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The visit comes just three months after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in his country's Istanbul consulate.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, all US allies, cut ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of aiding terror groups and seeking closer ties to Saudi archrival Iran. Qatar, also a US ally, denies the allegations and accuses the countries of seeking regime change.
Meanwhile, Pompeo said he will ask Saudi Crown
Prince MbS to ensure the killers of Khashoggi are held accountable. “We will continue to have a conversation with the crown prince and the Saudis about ensuring the accountability is full and complete with respect to the unacceptable murder of Khashoggi,” Pompeo told the media in Qatar.