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Secretary of State Pompeo urges Gulf states to heal rift

Mike Pompeo is on his final eight-country Middle Eastern tour.

FILE: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint press conference with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani (not pictured) at the Sheraton Grand in the Qatqri cqpitql Doha on 13 January 2019. Picture: AFP

DUBAI - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a rift between Qatar and its Arab Gulf neighbors had gone on for too long.

“We are all more powerful when we are working together and disputes are limited. When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared objectives are never helpful,” he said at a press conference in Qatar.