Pompeo made official visits to both Doha and Riyadh this week, and called for a resolution to the ongoing GCC dispute.
We are all more powerful when we are working together and disputes are limited,” Pompeo said at a joint news conference with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on Sunday.
Reports state that attempts at mediation between Qatar and the blockading nations have stalled, highlighted by the recent resignation of US envoy Anthony Zinni – who quit because of an apparent “lack of will” on behalf of “regional leaders” for reconciliation.
Shortly after his visit to Qatar, Pompeo headed to Riyadh to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman where they agreed on the importance of de-escalation in military operations in Yemen amid United Nations’ peace efforts to end the conflict.
.@SecPompeo met today with Crown Prince #MohammedbinSalman. On #Yemen, agreed on need for continued de-escalation and adherence to Sweden agreements, especially cease-fire and redeployment in #Hudaydah. A comprehensive political solution is only way to the end the conflict. pic.twitter.com/zTFAByZqH9
— U.S. Mission to KSA (@USAinKSA) 14 January 2019
The Iranian-allied Houthi rebels and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government agreed during peace talks in Sweden in December on a ceasefire in Hodeidah and to withdraw troops from the city.
Experts state that Pompeo’s Middle Eastern tour has two main topics high on the agenda: the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the blockade of Qatar. The US diplomat is also set to meet King Salman bin Abdul Aziz during his visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss the two pressing topics and to raise other important issues.