Pompeo praises ties, affirms commitment
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