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Pompeo to discuss building global coalition during UAE visit: embassy

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Abu Dhabi, next to U.S. Charge d'Affaires Steve Bondy and United Arab Emirates Minister of State Ahmed al-Sayegh, United Arab Emirates June 24, 2019. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - The U.S. Mission in the United Arab Emirates said on Monday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would discuss “building a global coalition to counter the world’s largest state sponsor of terror” during his visit to Abu Dhabi.

Pompeo arrived in the UAE capital after a visit to Saudi Arabia. A senior U.S. State Department official earlier said the United States is building a coalition with its allies to protect Gulf shipping lanes by having “eyes on all shipping”, following attacks on oil tankers that Washington has blamed on Iran.

Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous, Editing by William Maclean

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