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August 24, 2020 3:08 pm

In Jerusalem, Pompeo Talks With Israeli Leaders About Joint Efforts to ‘Counter Iran’s Destabilizing Influence’ in Middle East

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu make joint statements during a news conference, after a meeting in Jerusalem, Israel, Aug, 24, 2020. Photo: Debbie Hill / Pool via Reuters.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Jerusalem on Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials.

A State Department spokesperson said Pompeo and Netanyahu talked about “our nations’ ongoing efforts to counter Iran’s destabilizing influence in the region and the success of the Abraham Accords agreement, establishing diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.”

“Secretary Pompeo reiterated that America’s commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering,” the spokesperson added.

The secretary of state also sat down with Israeli Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.

“We will continue deepening our bilateral partnership, while leading an uncompromising line vis-à-vis Iran, never allowing a nuclear Iran,” Gantz tweeted afterward.

After his Israel visit, Pompeo will continue on to Sudan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in the coming days.

“The US commitment to peace, security, and stability in Israel, Sudan and among Gulf countries has never been stronger than under President Trump’s leadership,” the State Department spokesperson said.

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