Amman – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday arrived Oman as part of a regional tour where had been discussing efforts to end a three-year-old Gulf crisis and encourage more Arab countries to normalise ties with Israel.
He is expected to meet Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin-Tarik, who took power earlier in 2020 after the death of his predecessor, Qaboos.
“I look forward to discussing efforts to build unity among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and build on the momentum to advance regional peace and prosperity,” Pompeo said.
In June 2017, three members of the GCC and Egypt – Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, severed diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting/funding terrorists, a charge Doha denied.
The GCC also include Qatar as well as Oman and Kuwait, who had maintained a neutral position on the dispute.
Pompeo’s tour comes two weeks after the UAE and Israel agreed to establish formal diplomatic ties in a U.S.-brokered deal. The top U.S. diplomat held talks in the UAE and Bahrain on Wednesday.
He also visited Israel and Sudan earlier in the week.