Iran’s threats top UAE-US talks in Washington

Pompeo and Sheikh Abdullah, meeting in Washington, talked about the need to counter Iran’s “destabilising behaviour,”
Sunday 24/11/2019
A helping hand to de-esclate tensions. Emirati Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meeting in Washington, November 22. (AP)
A helping hand to de-esclate tensions. Emirati Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meeting in Washington, November 22. (AP)

LONDON - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Emirati Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan to discuss Gulf security and regional developments, the US State Department said.

Pompeo and Sheikh Abdullah, meeting November 22 in Washington, talked about the need to counter Iran’s “destabilising behaviour,” a statement from the US State Department said.

After the meeting, Pompeo posted on Twitter that the two sides “discussed Iran’s destabilising activity and negative impact on the region.”

“We also discussed Libya, the Russian presence and the urgent need for de-escalation, a ceasefire and political solution,” he said.

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Sheikh Abdullah and Pompeo stressed the importance of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) unity while the United States intensifies diplomatic efforts towards a solution to the Qatar crisis. The 40th GCC summit is scheduled for December.

Following its unilateral exit from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal last year, Washington has been increasing pressure on Tehran through economic sanctions to force it to return to negotiations.

Iran has maintained a tough stance and vowed to retaliate against the US moves.

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