US Secretary of State Pompeo meets UAE leadership in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan speaks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meeting at Al-Shati Palace in Abu Dhabi. (Reuters)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan during his visit to the country on Saturday.

Pompeo was greeted at Abu Dhabi International Airport by the UAE's Minister of State Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh and US Charge d'Affaires Steven Bondy.

The diplomat flew in to Abu Dhabi from Manama and has already visited Amman, Cairo, Baghdad and the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital of Erbil, as part of his ongoing tour in the Middle East which Washington believes is “critical” to confronting Iran and extremist groups.

“The leaders discussed ways to expand bilateral ties, including trade and investment. The Secretary thanked the Crown Prince and the foreign minister for the United Arab Emirates’ engagement on critical regional issues, including achieving lasting peace in Yemen,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said.

Pompeo will also visit the other four members of the Gulf Cooperation Council - Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

The State Department said Pompeo would also work with regional leaders to advance a proposed Middle East Strategic Alliance - a NATO-style security pact.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:58 - GMT 06:58