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Pompeo arrives in Riyadh, begins Mideast tour

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh. (Photo: Twitter/Department of State)

Pompeo was received by Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at the King Khalid International Airport on Saturday evening….reports Asian Lite News

Mike Pompeo, the newly appointed US Secretary of State, has arrived in Riyadh for an official visit, the first leg of his Middle East tour, state media reported on Sunday

Pompeo was received by Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at the King Khalid International Airport on Saturday evening.

Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the US, was also present at the airport.

“Secretary Pompeo met Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh today. Saudi Arabia plays an important leadership role in working toward a peaceful and prosperous future for the region. A strong US-Saudi partnership is critical to that effort,” Heather Nauert, State Department spokesperson, tweeted on Saturday.

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2018 (Xinhua) -- File photo taken on April 12, 2018 shows that Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for his nomination to become the secretary of state on the Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States. The U.S. Senate on April 26 narrowly confirmed Mike Pompeo as the new secretary of state to replace Rex Tillerson. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS) by .

Pompeo’s tour which also includes Jerusalem and Amman comes just two days after he was sworn-in as the 70th US Secretary of State.

The Senate voted 57-42 to confirm the former CIA Director as the nation’s top diplomat.

In Riyadh, he will also meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, reports CNN.

Pompeo will then travel to Israel where he will hold talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In Jordan, he will meet King Abdullah.