Pompeo visits Bahrain as part of anti-Iran Mideast tour

2019-01-12 06:35:05 GMT2019-01-12 14:35:05(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

MANAMA, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Bahrain on Friday as part of his ongoing anti-Iran tour to the Middle East.

In his meeting with Bahraini King Hamad, Pompeo highlighted the development of cooperation at all levels, especially in the political, economic and defense areas.

"Bahrain is steadily moving forward on the right path to maintain its stability and the continuity of development and progress," said Pompeo.

Meanwhile, the U.S. official also announced that the United States and Poland "will jointly host the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14."

"It will be a forum for countries to address a range of critical issues toward a more peaceful Middle East," he said.

Pompeo is on a eight-day trip to the Middle East, and has already visited Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

The regional tour came after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw all troops from Syria last December.

Bahrain, a U.S. ally, is home to its Fifth Fleet. Enditem