Pompeo: Rift between Qatar, allies threatening regional unity needed to counter Iran

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump threatens to ‘devastate’ Turkey’s economy if it attacks Syria’s Kurds Republicans seek to temper fallout from latest Russia bombshells US-backed forces in Syria say ISIS is in ‘final moments’ MORE on Sunday called for an end to the dispute between Qatar and other Arab countries, saying there needs to be unity in opposition to Iran.

“When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared objectives are never helpful,” Pompeo said, according to Reuters.

“They never permit you to have as robust a response to common adversaries or common challenges as you might,” he continued.

Pompeo’s comments came during a news conference held as part of his eight-day trip to the Middle East.

The rift dates back to 2017, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, citing what they described as the country’s support for extremist groups. President TrumpDonald John TrumpLanny Davis: Trump views Cohen as ‘greatest threat to his presidency’ House Oversight chairman accuses Trump of making ‘a lot of money’ off presidency Trump references ‘Wounded Knee’ in tweet mocking Warren MORE took credit for the split at the time.

Pompeo said Sunday that he discussed the dispute with leaders from Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE, but added that he doesn’t believe it’s “any closer to being resolved.”

“It’s … not at all clear that the rift is any closer to being resolved today than it was yesterday and I regret that,” he told reporters, according to Reuters.

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