Pompeo talks with UAE leader about countering Iran

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 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met with Abu Dhabi's influential crown prince to sell the Trump administration's idea for maritime security in the Persian Gulf, amid heightened tensions with Iran.

   Pompeo was heard telling Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on Monday that the plan would involve the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and another 20 countries.

   Pompeo, in the presence of reporters traveling with him, told the prince the plan would rely on regional allies "to participate" with their "military folks."

   He added that Trump "is keen on sharing that the United States doesn't bear the cost."

   Few concrete details have emerged about the plan.

   Pompeo, who had earlier been in Saudi Arabia, is visiting with Gulf Arab allies to discuss building a global coalition to counter Iran.


 

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