Pom­peo says boy­cott of Qatar gone ‘too long’

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RIYADH, Saudi Ara­bia — U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said Sun­day an on­go­ing boy­cott of Qatar by four of Amer­ica’s al­lies in the Mid­dle East “has dragged on too long,” though he gave no sign of any com­ing break­through in the dis­pute.

Stop­ping off in the small, en­ergy-rich na­tion as part of a Mideast tour, Amer­ica’s top diplo­mat made a re­peated point to say that “great things” were hap­pen­ing be­tween Qatar and the United States.

“We’re all more pow­er­ful when we’re work­ing to­gether,” Pom­peo said at a news con­fer­ence.

Pom­peo said he signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Qatar re­gard­ing the ex­pan­sion and ren­o­va­tion of al-Udeid Air Base.

The in­stal­la­tion hosts the for­ward head­quar­ters of the U.S. mil­i­tary’s Cen­tral Com­mand and some 10,000 Amer­i­can troops.

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