Pompeo says he discussed Gulf maritime security with Saudi king

Mon 24 Jun 2019 12:50 GMT | 16:50 Local Time

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet on Monday he had discussed heightened tensions in the region with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman during a meeting in Jeddah, Reuters reports.

Pompeo said they also discussed the need to promote maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz, following attacks on oil tankers in Gulf waters which Washington and Riyadh blame on Iran. Tehran denies the charges.

“Freedom of navigation is tantamount,” Pompeo tweeted.

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