US secretary of state to also visit UAE as he hails ‘great allies’ at time of rising tensions Mike Pompeo has met Saudi Arabia’s king for talks as the US secretary of state seeks to promote an anti-Iran alliance at a time of mounting tensions in the region. “You are a dear friend,” King Salman told Pompeo as he shook hands with the top US diplomat and his aides. Pompeo then opened talks with the powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Later on Monday he flies to the United Arab Emirates for further discussions.
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