Pompeo meets Saudi King Salman on Iran crisis

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Saudi Arabia: The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met Saudi King Salman on Monday on Iran crisis as US-Iran tension escalated, reports said.

The reports said Pompeo has sought to coordinate with allies over soaring tensions with Iran.

The US Secretary of State is scheduled to meet the powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, before flying for talks in the United Arab Emirates.

US officials said both Saudi and Emirati leaders advocate a tough US approach against regional rival Iran.

Pompeo told reporters in Washington that Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are “two great allies in the challenge that Iran presents”.

Pompeo said the United States sought a coalition “not only throughout the Gulf states but in Asia and in Europe that understands this challenge and that is prepared to push back against the world’s largest state sponsor of terror”.

Iran said US drone encroached its airspace, but Washington has denied the accusation. It has accused Washington of waging economic warfare by unilaterally imposing sanctions, including trying to stop all its oil exports.

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