Travel to Amman, Baghdad, Erbil, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, and Muscat, January 8-14, 2019

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From January 8-14, Secretary Pompeo traveled to Amman, Jordan; Baghdad, Iraq; Erbil, Iraq; Cairo, Egypt; Manama, Bahrain; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Doha, Qatar; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Muscat, Oman.

The Secretary began his trip in Amman, where he met with Jordanian leaders to discuss areas of bilateral cooperation, as well as ways to expand the strategic U.S.-Jordan partnership. The Secretary engaged with Jordanian leaders on critical regional issues including Syria and Jordan’s future trade relations with Iraq.

The Secretary then continued to Iraq, visiting Baghdad and Erbil. In Iraq, the Secretary met with Iraqi leaders to discuss critical issues, including our partnership with Iraq to ensure an enduring defeat of ISIS, expanding U.S.-Iraq economic ties, and supporting the new government’s efforts to protect Iraq’s sovereignty and ensure security, stability and prosperity to all Iraqis.

The Secretary then traveled to Cairo, where he met with Egyptian leaders to discuss critical regional issues, including Iran, Gaza, and counterterrorism, as well as economic and energy cooperation. The Secretary also delivered a speech on the United States’ commitment to peace, prosperity, stability, and security in the Middle East.

In Manama, the Secretary met with Bahraini leaders to discuss areas of bilateral cooperation, as well as ways to expand the strategic U.S.-Bahraini partnership. The Secretary and Bahraini leaders engaged on critical regional issues, including counterterrorism and working together through the Middle East Strategic Alliance to counter the Iranian regime’s dangerous activities.

In Abu Dhabi, the Secretary met with leaders of the United Arab Emirates to discuss regional and bilateral issues, including ways to further expand ties in areas such as trade and investment. The Secretary also discussed the need for all parties to adhere to the agreements made at the Yemen talks in Sweden, particularly the cease-fire and redeployment of forces in Hudaydah, in support of the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen.

The Secretary then led the U.S. delegation at the second U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue in Doha, which further enhanced bilateral cooperation in military, energy, counterterrorism, labor, education, culture, and commercial matters. He also met with Qatari leaders to discuss regional issues, such as Afghanistan and the importance of a united Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in standing against the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activity and advancing peace, prosperity, and security in the region.

In Riyadh, the Secretary met with Saudi leaders to discuss key bilateral and regional priorities, including Yemen, Iran, and Syria. The Secretary and Saudi leaders discussed ways to continue bolstering UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths as he works toward a comprehensive political agreement among parties to end the conflict and realize a brighter future for Yemen. The Secretary also sought an update on the status of the investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In Muscat, the Secretary met with Omani leaders to discuss ways to promote peace throughout the region, including in Yemen, and build upon the strong U.S.-Oman partnership. The Secretary and Omani leaders discussed the Middle East Strategic Alliance and the importance of a united GCC in advancing the peace, prosperity, and security of the region.

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OMAN

01/15/19 Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Sa'id; Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino; Washington, DC

SAUDI ARABIA

01/14/19 Remarks to Traveling Press;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; King Khalid International Airport; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
01/13/19 Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

QATAR

01/13/19 Joint Statement of the Second United States-Qatar Strategic Dialogue: Forward Together; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/13/19 Remarks With Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani at a Press Availability;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Dukhan Hall; Doha, Qatar
01/13/19 Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamimbin Hamad Al Thani; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/13/19 Remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Salwa Room, Sheraton Doha; Doha, Qatar

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

01/13/19 Interview With Margaret Brennan of CBS's Face the Nation;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
01/12/19 Interview With Najwa Kassem of Al Arabiya;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
01/12/19 Roundtable With Traveling Press;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Abu Dhabi
01/12/19 Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

BAHRAIN

01/11/19 Secretary Pompeo's Visit to the Gulf: Advancing Partnerships, Support for the Iran Pressure Campaign, and new Solutions to Regional Challenges; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/11/19 Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

EGYPT

01/11/19 Interview With Chris Mitchell of Christian Broadcast Network;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Cathedral of the Nativity; Cairo, Egypt
01/11/19 Interview With Amal Roushdy of Egyptian State Television;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Cairo, Egypt
01/11/19 Interview With Rich Edson of Fox News;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Cairo, Egypt
01/10/19 Remarks to the Press;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; New Administrative Capital; Cairo, Egypt
01/10/19 Remarks at the Al Fattah Al Alim Mosque;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; New Administrative Capital; Cairo, Egypt
01/10/19 A Force for Good: America Reinvigorated in the Middle East;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; The American University in Cairo; Cairo, Egypt
01/10/19 Press Availability With Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Cairo, Egypt
01/10/19 Fact Sheet: Secretary Pompeo's Remarks at the American University in Cairo: "A Force for Good: America's Reinvigorated Role in the Middle East"; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/10/19 Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/09/19 Strengthening the U.S.-Egypt Partnership; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

Iraq

01/09/19 Remarks to Traveling Press;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; U.S. Consulate General Erbil; Erbil, Iraq
01/09/19 Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/09/19 Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Kurdistan Regional Government Security Council Chancellor Masrour Barzani; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/09/19 Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/09/19 Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Iraq's Council of Representatives Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/09/19 Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With President of Iraq Barham Salih; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

JORDAN

01/09/19 Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With King Abdullah II of Jordan; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
01/08/19 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi At a Press Availability;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Amman, Jordan
01/07/19 Remarks to Press;  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo; En Route to Shannon, Ireland
01/04/19 Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Pompeo's Upcoming Trip to the Middle East; Via Teleconference

SECRETARY'S SCHEDULE

01/15/19  Public Schedule: January 15, 2019
01/14/19  Public Schedule: January 14, 2019
01/13/19  Public Schedule: January 13, 2019
01/12/19  Public Schedule: January 12, 2019
01/11/19  Public Schedule: January 11, 2019
01/10/19  Public Schedule: January 10, 2019
01/09/19  Public Schedule: January 9, 2019
01/08/19  Public Schedule: January 8, 2019