WFB: MANAMA, Bahrain—The Trump administration, via Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is beginning to build a coalition of Arab allies that will help the United States expel “every last Iranian boot” from Syria and ensure the Islamic Republic’s march across the Middle East is stopped in its tracks, according to U.S. officials.
Pompeo arrived in Bahrain early Friday to hold the first of a series of meetings with Arab leaders in key gulf nations, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Oman. During this leg of Pompeo’s weeklong trek across the region, the secretary of state will continue his behind-the-scenes efforts to rally Arab nations to confront Iran, according to updated information provided to the Washington Free Beacon by the State Department.
During private meetings with Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in his palace, Pompeo sought to obtain the country’s support for a growing U.S.-Arab coalition aimed at “countering the Iranian regime’s dangerous activities,” according to the State Department, which previewed the second-half of Pompeo’s trip to reporters here Friday afternoon. more here