March 15, 2019 / 1:49 PM / 6 days ago

Pompeo to travel to Kuwait, Lebanon, Israel next week: State Department

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at his news conference at the State Department in Washington, U.S., March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Israel, Lebanon and Kuwait next week, including talks with Cypriot and Greek leaders in Jerusalem on energy security in the Mediterranean, the State Department said on Friday.

In Kuwait City, Pompeo will seek to strengthen cooperation on defense, cybersecurity and trade, spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement. In Israel, which is preparing for key elections next month, he will meet with Cypriot and Greek leaders to discuss exporting natural gas to Europe, Palladino added.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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