Pom­peo: Boy­cott has gone on too long

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - NATION & WORLD -

U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo, stop­ping in Qatar as part of a Mideast tour, said Sun­day an on­go­ing boy­cott of the na­tion by U.S. al­lies in the Mid­dle East “has dragged on too long,” though he gave no sign of any break­through in the dis­pute. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates be­gan a boy­cott of Qatar in June 2017, al­leg­ing Qatar funds ex­trem­ist groups and has too-cozy ties to Iran. Pom­peo also said he signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Qatar re­gard­ing ex­pan­sion and ren­o­va­tion of al-Udeid Air Base, which hosts the for­ward head­quar­ters of the U.S. mil­i­tary’s Cen­tral Com­mand and some 10,000 troops.

■ An­gered by Pom­peo’s an­nounce­ment that Poland will host an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on Iran in Fe­bru­ary,

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