American Foreign Minister Pompeo Starts Visit to the Middle East

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Israel at the start of a five-day tour of the region.

 

He consults with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among others, about Iran and about further expansion of Israel’s relations with other countries in the Middle East.

Earlier this month, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) first established diplomatic relations with Israel.

In the Arab world, only Egypt and Jordan had diplomatic relations with Israel, recognizing Israel.

Many other Arab countries demand that there be a Palestinian state first and that Israel return the occupied territories, including Arab East Jerusalem, for that purpose.

The UAE dropped that line and entered into relations.

Pompeo will go to Sudan and Bahrain after he visits Israel. He hopes that those countries will also start recognizing Israel by establishing relations. He concludes his tour in the UAE.

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