Pompeo urges new era of cooperation in Middle East meeting

"None of the region's challenges will solve themselves. We must work together for security," he said.
Thursday 14/02/2019
Yemen's Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani (L) shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before a session at the conference on Peace and Security in the Middle east in Warsaw, on February 14, 2019. (AFP)
Yemen's Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani (L) shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before a session at the conference on Peace and Security in the Middle east in Warsaw, on February 14, 2019. (AFP)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday called for a "new era of cooperation" in resolving Middle East challenges and said no country could afford to remain on the sidelines.

"The United States seeks a new era of cooperation between all of our countries on how to confront these issues," Pompeo told foreign ministers and other officials from more than 60 countries in Warsaw.

Pompeo refrained from directly criticising Iran, instead including it in a list of regional challenges ranging from Syria and Yemen to Palestinian-Israeli peace.

"None of the region's challenges will solve themselves. We must work together for security," he said. "No country can afford to remain on the sidelines."

(Reuters)