US Secretary of State Pompeo starts Middle East visit 

 

US Secretary of State Pompeo starts Middle East visit 
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to the press.

Pompeo's first stop on Tuesday is Jordan.

By AP

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Published: Tue 8 Jan 2019, 12:07 PM

Last updated: Tue 8 Jan 2019, 7:31 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has begun a Mideast visit to talk to regional leaders about ramping up pressure on Iran. 
The trip comes amid confusion over conflicting Trump administration statements about a planned US troop withdrawal from Syria.
Pompeo's first stop on Tuesday is Jordan, followed by visits to Egypt and Gulf nations.
He told reporters he plans to talk to allies about "modalities by which we may continue to apply pressure" on Iran.
Pompeo will likely face questions about last month's surprise announcement that US troops would soon leave northeastern Syria, where they help battle Daesh.
He didn't give a timeline. Asked about confusion among allies, he said: "I've actually spoken to them all. 



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