US Pompeo arrives in Saudi Arabia for Iran talks
Pompeo is expected to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman in Jeddah city before heading to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Saudi-funded Al-Arabiya television said.
On Sunday, Pompeo announced he was leaving for the Middle East to meet allies in the region to form a "global coalition" against Iran.
Tensions have been rising between the US and Iran since May 2018 when Washington unilaterally withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and the EU.
Part of its campaign has included the re-imposition of US sanctions on exports of Iranian crude oil, which has sent the Iranian economy into a nosedive.
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The US has also increased its military presence in the Middle East, deploying a carrier strike force, bomber task force and Patriot missile battery and using threats from Iran as justification for the actions.
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