United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will arrive in the United Arab Emirates to meet Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to discuss regional issues, the US Mission to the UAE said on Wednesday September 18th.
Pompeo’s visit to the UAE and his meeting with Sheikh Mohamed come as he is embarking on a two-state tour, during which he will visit Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, the US Department of State’s Political-Military Affairs said in a statement.
“The Secretary will begin his trip in Jeddah, arriving on September 18th. He will meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz to discuss the recent attack on the Kingdom’s oil facilities and coordinate efforts to counter Iranian aggression in the region,” the statement read.
Pompeo, on Saturday September 14th, blamed Iran for a drone attack claimed by Iran-backed Houthi militias on oil facilities belonging to Saudi Aramco.
"Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy. Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.”
"We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks. The US will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well-supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression.”