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US wants Syria 'safe zone' to protect Turkey, Kurds: Pompeo

US wants Syria 'safe zone' to protect Turkey, Kurds: PompeoUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that talks were under way on Washington’s proposal to establish a “safe zone” in flashpoint border areas of northeastern Syria, where tensions are rising between Turkey and Kurdish militia. “We want to make sure that the folks who fought with us to down the (Islamic State group) have security… and also that terrorists acting out of Syria aren’t able to attack Turkey,” Pompeo said.



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Pompeo: Saudis assured me of accountability for Khashoggi murder

Pompeo: Saudis assured me of accountability for Khashoggi murderPompeo told reporters he had also raised a number of human rights issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, including women’s rights activists who have been detained for months and some allegedly tortured. Khashoggi, a longtime royal insider who had become a critic of the crown prince, was killed in October in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate, prompting a global outcry including U.S. Treasury sanctions on 17 individuals and a Senate resolution blaming Prince Mohammed. A CIA assessment has blamed the crown prince for ordering the killing, which Saudi officials deny.



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U.S.'s Pompeo: Saudis assured me of accountability for Khashoggi murder

U.S.'s Pompeo: Saudis assured me of accountability for Khashoggi murderThe U.S. secretary of state said Monday that Saudi leaders assured him everyone responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi would be held accountable.



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Secretary of State Pompeo to press Saudi Arabia to provide a 'credible narrative' on Jamal Khashoggi's murder

Secretary of State Pompeo to press Saudi Arabia to provide a 'credible narrative' on Jamal Khashoggi's murderCritics don't expect a forceful reprimand of the Saudis from Pompeo. Some experts said the real audience for his message on Khashoggi may be Congress.



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Pompeo 'optimistic' Syria Kurds, Turkey can be protected

Pompeo 'optimistic' Syria Kurds, Turkey can be protectedWashington’s top diplomat said Saturday he was “optimistic” a way could be found to protect Syrian Kurds while allowing Turks to “defend their country from terrorists” despite a US pullout from Syria. “We are confident we can achieve an outcome that achieves both of those,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told journalists in Abu Dhabi. The Gulf emirate is his latest stop in a regional tour aimed at reassuring allies after a shock December announcement by President Donald Trump that US troops would be withdrawn from Syria.



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Turkey hails Pompeo comments over defence against 'terrorists'

Turkey hails Pompeo comments over defence against 'terrorists'Turkey on Saturday welcomed the latest statement made by Washington’s top diplomat over Ankara’s right to defend itself from “terrorists” after the US withdraws from Syria. “We find correct his statement about the removal of the elements that concern Turkey,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a speech in the southern Turkish province of Antalya. Cavusoglu spoke on the phone Saturday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was in Abu Dhabi as part of a regional tour, and they discussed “the steps that need to be taken” in Syria, he said.



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Urging Gulf states to heal rift, U.S.'s Pompeo arrives in Riyadh

Urging Gulf states to heal rift, U.S.'s Pompeo arrives in RiyadhSaudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Egypt cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their regional foe Shi’ite Muslim Iran — something Doha denies. The United States, an ally of the six-nation Sunni Muslim GCC, sees the rift as a threat to efforts to contain Iran and has pushed for a united Gulf front. “When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared objectives are never helpful,” Pompeo, who is on a tour of the Middle East, told a news conference in the Qatari capital Doha.



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Pompeo hopes for imminent end to US govt shutdown

Pompeo hopes for imminent end to US govt shutdownUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes for an imminent end to the longest government shutdown in American history, he said Sunday during a whistle-stop Middle East tour. “I hope it ends tomorrow,” Pompeo said to applause as he addressed US diplomats in Doha, the latest stop on his eight-day regional tour. The partial US government shutdown entered its 23rd day on Sunday and has seen 800,000 federal employees go without wages being paid — including embassy staff.



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Pompeo in Bahrain on first leg of tour of Gulf allies

Pompeo in Bahrain on first leg of tour of Gulf alliesUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Bahrain on Friday, the first leg of a tour of Gulf monarchies which Washington says are “critical” to confronting Iran and jihadists. “These Gulf partnerships are critical to achieving shared regional objectives — defeating ISIS (Islamic State group), countering radical Islamic terrorism, protecting global energy supplies and rolling back Iranian aggression,” a State Department spokesman said. In Bahrain, Pompeo is due to have a working lunch with King Hamad, Crown Prince Salman and Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa, according to his official programme.



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Pompeo confident of US deal with Turkey to protect Kurds

Pompeo confident of US deal with Turkey to protect KurdsABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Despite Turkey's vows to the contrary, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday he was confident the two nations can agree on a way to protect U.S.-allied Kurdish rebels in Syria after American troops withdraw from the country.



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