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Here's everywhere US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel on his Middle East tour

His schedule will take him to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City

Mike Pompeo will tour Middle East capitals next week in an effort to shore up crucial alliances strained by the Yemen war and US plans to exit Syria. AFP
Mike Pompeo will tour Middle East capitals next week in an effort to shore up crucial alliances strained by the Yemen war and US plans to exit Syria. AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo set off on his eight-day Middle Eastern tour on Tuesday, his first international trip in 2019 and a visit in which he will seek to reassure Gulf allies about America's commitment to the region.

He will travel to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City, according to the State Department website.

Key issues on his agenda are efforts to end the war in Yemen, uniting the Gulf Cooperation Council, building the Middle East Strategic Alliance and brokering peace in Afghanistan.

He will also reassure allies that the US is not leaving the Middle East, as President Trump's surprise withdrawal of troops from Syria might indicate.

Here is Mike Pompeo's full schedule for his Middle East tour:

Amman, Jordan

The Secretary of State lands in Jordan on Tuesday to discuss bilateral co-operation. He will discuss US-Jordanian relations and the situation in Syria and Jordanian-Iraqi trade.

Cairo, Egypt

Mr Pompeo will meet Egyptian leaders to discuss Iran, Gaza and counter-terrorism. Here, Mr Pompeo will deliver a speech on peace, prosperity, stability and security in the Middle East. He is also reportedly set to rebuke the Middle East vision of President Donald Trump's predecessor Barack Obama.

Manama, Bahrain

Leaders will discuss US-Bahraini co-operation and the use of the Middle East Strategic Alliance to counter Iranian aggression.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

While in Abu Dhabi, Mr Pompeo will meet the UAE's leaders and discuss regional and bilateral co-operation, particularly increasing ties in areas of trade and investment.

Maintaining the peace deal agreed to in Sweden on the war in Yemen will also be on the agenda. The leaders will discuss support for Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy to Yemen.

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Doha, Qatar

Discussions will focus on US-Qatari co-operation, peace in Afghanistan , the importance of the GCC and countering Iran's policies in the region.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Mr Pompeo will meet Saudi leaders to discuss Yemen, Iran and Syria. They will discuss boosting the work of UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths and discuss the future of Yemen. The Secretary will also ask for an update on the investigation into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

Muscat, Oman

Talks will focus on increased regional and bilateral co-operation, promoting regional peace, particularly in Yemen. There will also be discussion of the Middle East Strategic Alliance and a united GCC.

Kuwait City, Kuwait

Mr Pompeo will lead the third US-Kuwaiti Strategic Dialogue, focusing on areas of defence, cybersecurity and strengthening economic ties. Leaders will also discuss a united GCC and UN-led efforts in Yemen.

Updated: January 8, 2019 03:52 PM

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