This is the US secretary of state’s first trip to Abu Dhabi since getting appointed in the position in March
Mike Pompeo to visit UAE on Monday
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo will visit Abu Dhabi on Monday next week, the State Department said, where he is expecting to meet senior Emirati officials.
Mr Pompeo will “travel to Abu Dhabi from July 9-10, where he will meet with UAE leaders to discuss ways to further strengthen the US-UAE partnership and advance our common security and economic priorities,” the statement from the State Department read.
Iran, Yemen and Gulf security are expected to top discussions. UAE’s minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation was in Washington last month and met Mr Pompeo, but this is the secretary’s first trip to Abu Dhabi since getting appointed in the position in March.
US officials have highlighted cooperation with Abu Dhabi against terrorist networks. In May, the UAE and US disrupted a multi-million-dollar network that was allowing the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to access funds.
Mr Pompeo’s stop in UAE is part a long trip that will take him to Pyongyang, Tokyo, Hanoi, Abu Dhabi, and Brussels starting this Thursday and continuing until July 12.