Pompeo Preps Mideast Trip for Talks with Israel, Jordan, Saudis

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The Times of Israel reports: Newly sworn in US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head from this week’s NATO meeting in Brussels directly on to high-level talks in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan, his spokeswoman said Thursday.

Speaking on the tarmac of Joint Base Andrews in front of the secretary’s government jet as he arrived from his Supreme Court swearing in, Heather Nauert said the stops were chosen to reflect their “importance as key allies and partners in the region.”

In Brussels on Friday, Pompeo will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and participate in the NATO Foreign Ministerial meeting. Then he will travel to Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Amman to discuss critical regional and bilateral issues, before returning to the US on April 30.

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