August 4, 2019 / 4:57 AM / 14 days ago

U.S. 'very confident' it can build maritime initiative in Gulf: Pompeo

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

SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. 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 U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper were speaking alongside their Australian counterparts in Sydney.

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Colin Packham; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell

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