US Secretary Pompeo discusses Oman’s peacemaking role, Gulf unity with Omani Sultan

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Oman’s peacemaking role in the Gulf region with Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said during his visit to the Omani capital city Muscat on Thursday.

Oman’s role in advancing peace and stability in the Gulf was a topic of conversation during the bilateral talk, according a statement by the US State Department.

The two also “discussed the importance of a united Gulf Cooperation Council to advance prosperity in the region…and their shared commitment to bolstering the US- Oman bilateral economic partnership.”

Before arriving in Oman, Pompeo visited the UAE’s capital city Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, the fourth stop on his Middle East tour that was prompted by the announcement of the UAE-Israel peace deal on August 13.

Pompeo and UAE officials - Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and National Security Advisor Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan - discussed the conflict in Libya and countering Iran during bilateral talks.

The officials discussed “regional and bilateral issues of concern, including mutual support for de-escalation and a lasting ceasefire in Libya, Gulf unity, and countering Iran’s malign influence in the region,” the US State Department said in a statement.

Secretary Pompeo also congratulated the UAE officials on “the monumental achievement” of the country’s historic agreement with Israel known as the Abraham Accord.

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