Pompeo meets with Oman’s new leader

The Secretary of state arrived in Oman from Saudi Arabia, where he spent three days.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo arrived in Oman on Friday to meet the country’s new ruler, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said.

Pompeo will also pay tribute to the relatives of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who died in January.

Oman maintains close relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia, from where Pompeo arrived on Friday morning after a three-day visit.

Pompeo and Saudi King Salman discussed regional security issues related to Iran in Riyadh on Thursday. Pompeo also met with Saudi crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Tensions in the region increased significantly last month after a high-ranking Iranian military officer was killed in a US-led special operation at Baghdad airport.

Saudi Arabia, a US ally, has supported US efforts to confront Iran but warned Washington against fighting after several attacks last year damaged the Kingdom’s oil industry facilities. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of carrying out the attacks, which Tehran denies.

The risk of a regional war decreased last month after the US and Iran refused to escalate further. After the death of General Qasem Suleimani, Iran responded with a missile attack on military bases in Iraq where American soldiers are stationed, injuring more than 100 soldiers.

Before traveling to Oman and Saudi Arabia, Pompeo spent three days in Africa, visiting the leaders of Senegal, Angola, and Ethiopia.

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