Pompeo cuts short Mideast tour over family funeral

RIYADH, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday cut short his Middle East tour over a family funeral, Al Arabia TV reported.

Pompeo arrived in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday as part of his regional tour that already covered Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

The U.S. State Department announced that Pompeo would return to the United States after his visit to Oman, adding that he will visit Kuwait in the near future.

Pompeo’s tour aims to discuss issues of common interests with Middle Eastern leaders, especially the regional stability and fighting terrorism.

During his earlier meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, they agreed on the importance of reaching a comprehensive political solution for in the conflict in Yemen.

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