Pom­peo praises ties, af­firms com­mit­ment

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DOHA, Qater – U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo on Sun­day praised what he called a “strate­gic part­ner­ship” be­tween his coun­try and Qatar as the Per­sian Gulf emi­rate is locked in a bit­ter dis­pute with a Saudi-led bloc.

Pom­peo was in Qatar as part of a nine-na­tion trip to the Mid­dle East aimed at al­lay­ing re­gional al­lies’ con­cerns about U.S. com­mit­ments to them.

“Our strate­gic part­ner­ship spans many ar­eas and con­tin­ues to grow,” Pom­peo said at a U.S.-Qatari fo­rum in Doha.

Qatar is home to Al Udeid Air Base, the re­gional head­quar­ters of the U.S. Cen­tral Com­mand. The base has been a launch­ing pad for a U.S.-led coali­tion fight­ing Is­lamic

State mil­i­tants. “The United States and Qatar are work­ing to­gether to ad­dress a num­ber of re­gional se­cu­rity chal­lenges,” Pom­peo said.

Last year, Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, Bahrain and Egypt sev­ered diplo­matic and trans­porta­tion links with Qatar, ac­cus­ing it of spon­sor­ing ter­ror­ism. Qatar de­nies that.

– Tri­bune News

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