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Wrapping up tour, Pompeo holds ‘constructive’ meeting with Saudi crown price

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23.11.2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said he held a “constructive” meeting with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, as he wrapped up a seven-nation tour which included stops in Israel and Gulf nations.

“Pleasure to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Our security and economic partnership is strong and we’ll continue to harness it to advance efforts to counter malign Iranian influence in the Gulf, economic goals under the Vision 2030 plan, and human rights reform,” tweeted the top American diplomat, describing the meeting as “constructive.”

The meeting was held in the Red Sea resort city of Neom, which borders Egypt and Jordan.

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Pompeo, who has been tight-lipped for much of the trip, made no mention of his push for normalization with Israel, which Riyadh has mostly rebuffed.

According to flight-tracking websites, first reported by a Haaretz editor, an Israeli business jet traveled directly to the Saudi city on Sunday at around the same time of Pompeo’s visit.

The direct flight, a highly rare occurrence, raised speculation of a high-level Israeli visit.

ABSOLUTELY rare Israeli flight direct to new Saudi mega-city Neom on Red Sea shore

It was Bibi's ex-fav bizjet t7-cpx. Back to Tel Aviv after 5 hours on ground pic.twitter.com/Ty9aedYbsK

— avi scharf (@avischarf) November 23, 2020

ABSOLUTELY rare Israeli flight direct to new Saudi mega-city Neom on Red Sea shore

It was Bibi's ex-fav bizjet t7-cpx. Back to Tel Aviv after 5 hours on ground pic.twitter.com/Ty9aedYbsK

— avi scharf (@avischarf) November 23, 2020

Although Pompeo has not taken questions from US-based reporters traveling with him over the past 10 days, he........

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