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Pompeo seeks to reassure Washington's allies despite Syria exit

January 10, 2019 11:53 AM
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CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday sought to reassure allies that the United States remains committed to the Middle East despite President Donald Trump’s plans to withdraw forces from Syria.

Pompeo, who flew to Egypt late on Wednesday on the third stop in a regional tour, was due to deliver a speech in Cairo outlining Washington’s strategy in the Middle East, expected to focus on maintaining the fight against Islamic State and fighting the expansion of Iran’s influence.

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