The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo is set to visit Sudan, Israel and Gulf States this week.
A statement released by the Department of States Spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus on Sunday said the visit, which is going to mark the first time a senior US official is reaching Sudan in over two decades, started on August 23, 2020, from Israel.
“Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Israel, Sudan, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates August 23-28,” said part of the statement.
Pompeo is expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss regional security issues related to Iran’s malicious influence, establishing and deepening Israel’s relationships in the region, as well as cooperation in protecting the U.S. and Israeli economies from malign investors.
In Sudan, the Secretary will meet with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Sovereign Council Chair General Abdel Fattah el-Burhan to discuss continued U.S. support for the civilian-led transitional government and express support for deepening the Sudan-Israel relationship.
The visit follows Hamdok’s trip to Washington in December 2019 where he met with senior officials including Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin.
Pompeo will proceed to Manama to meet with Crown Prince of Bahrain Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. He will conclude his trip in the United Arab Emirates, where he will meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi to discuss the historic Abraham Accords agreement with Israel and regional issues.
The statement concluded that the U.S. commitment to peace, security, and stability in Israel, Sudan, and among Gulf countries has never been stronger than under President Trump’s leadership.