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August 4, 2019 9:26 am

US ‘Very Confident’ It Can Build Maritime Initiative in Gulf: Pompeo

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne hold a joint news conference in Sydney, Australia, August 4, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that he was “very confident” the United States would be able to build a maritime coalition in the Gulf, despite a lukewarm response from European and Asian allies.

Pompeo and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper were speaking alongside their Australian counterparts in Sydney.

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