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Smiles But Grave Concerns: Pompeo on a 5-Day Tour in the Middle East

Published March 23rd, 2019 - 10:16 GMT

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the Middle East meeting leaders in Israel, Kuwait and Lebanon. He is discussing the precarious Pompeo security threats posed by many outside countries. The five-day trip started in Kuwait City.

Moreover, Pompeo is visit Lebanon to debate the issue of Hezbollah and military support as Iran has a strong influence in that country via Hezbollah who holds three ministerial portfolios in the cabinet there.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is welcomed by Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al- Jaber al-Sabah (R) in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019.
JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP
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Image 1 of 11:  1 / 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is welcomed by Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al- Jaber al-Sabah (R) in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah give a joint press conference in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019.
JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP
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Image 2 of 11:  2 / 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah give a joint press conference in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pictured during a press conference with Kuwait's foreign minister in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019. 
Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP
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Image 3 of 11:  3 / 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pictured during a press conference with Kuwait's foreign minister in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019. Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with US ambassador to Israel David Friedman (C) upon his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, near the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on March 20, 2019.
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Image 4 of 11:  4 / 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with US ambassador to Israel David Friedman (C) upon his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, near the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on March 20, 2019. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver a joint statement during their meeting in Jerusalem on March 20, 2019. Pompeo and Netanyahu vowed today to counter Iranian 'aggression' as the two met in Jerusalem just weeks ahead of Israel's elections.

JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP
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Image 5 of 11:  5 / 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver a joint statement during their meeting in Jerusalem on March 20, 2019. Pompeo and Netanyahu vowed today to counter Iranian "aggression" as the two met in Jerusalem just weeks ahead of Israel's elections. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) attend a meeting in Jerusalem on March 20, 2019. Pompeo and Netanyahu vowed today to counter Iranian 'aggression' as the two met in Jerusalem just weeks ahead of Israel's elections.
JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP
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Image 6 of 11:  6 / 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) attend a meeting in Jerusalem on March 20, 2019. Pompeo and Netanyahu vowed today to counter Iranian "aggression" as the two met in Jerusalem just weeks ahead of Israel's elections. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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Pompeo and Netanyahu vowed today to counter Iranian 'aggression' as the two met in Jerusalem just weeks ahead of Israel's elections.

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Image 7 of 11:  7 / 11Pompeo and Netanyahu vowed today to counter Iranian "aggression" as the two met in Jerusalem just weeks ahead of Israel's elections. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin meet in Jerusalem on March 21, 2019. 
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Image 8 of 11:  8 / 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin meet in Jerusalem on March 21, 2019. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd-L) is greeted by Christian clergymen from various denominations as he visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on March 21, 2019. 
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Image 9 of 11:  9 / 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd-L) is greeted by Christian clergymen from various denominations as he visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on March 21, 2019. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is welcomed by Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri (R) upon his arrival to the capital Beirut on March 22, 2019. 
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Image 10 of 11:  10 / 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is welcomed by Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri (R) upon his arrival to the capital Beirut on March 22, 2019. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun (R) at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of the capital Beirut on March 22, 2019.
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Image 11 of 11:  11 / 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun (R) at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of the capital Beirut on March 22, 2019. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is welcomed by Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al- Jaber al-Sabah (R) in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019.
JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

Image 1 of 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is welcomed by Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al- Jaber al-Sabah (R) in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah give a joint press conference in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019.
JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

Image 2 of 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah give a joint press conference in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pictured during a press conference with Kuwait's foreign minister in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019. 
Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP

Image 3 of 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pictured during a press conference with Kuwait's foreign minister in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019. Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with US ambassador to Israel David Friedman (C) upon his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, near the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on March 20, 2019.
JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

Image 4 of 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with US ambassador to Israel David Friedman (C) upon his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, near the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on March 20, 2019. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver a joint statement during their meeting in Jerusalem on March 20, 2019. Pompeo and Netanyahu vowed today to counter Iranian 'aggression' as the two met in Jerusalem just weeks ahead of Israel's elections.

JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

Image 5 of 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver a joint statement during their meeting in Jerusalem on March 20, 2019. Pompeo and Netanyahu vowed today to counter Iranian "aggression" as the two met in Jerusalem just weeks ahead of Israel's elections. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) attend a meeting in Jerusalem on March 20, 2019. Pompeo and Netanyahu vowed today to counter Iranian 'aggression' as the two met in Jerusalem just weeks ahead of Israel's elections.
JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

Image 6 of 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) attend a meeting in Jerusalem on March 20, 2019. Pompeo and Netanyahu vowed today to counter Iranian "aggression" as the two met in Jerusalem just weeks ahead of Israel's elections. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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Pompeo and Netanyahu vowed today to counter Iranian 'aggression' as the two met in Jerusalem just weeks ahead of Israel's elections.

JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

Image 7 of 11Pompeo and Netanyahu vowed today to counter Iranian "aggression" as the two met in Jerusalem just weeks ahead of Israel's elections. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin meet in Jerusalem on March 21, 2019. 
JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

Image 8 of 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin meet in Jerusalem on March 21, 2019. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd-L) is greeted by Christian clergymen from various denominations as he visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on March 21, 2019. 
JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

Image 9 of 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd-L) is greeted by Christian clergymen from various denominations as he visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on March 21, 2019. JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is welcomed by Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri (R) upon his arrival to the capital Beirut on March 22, 2019. 
ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Image 10 of 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is welcomed by Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri (R) upon his arrival to the capital Beirut on March 22, 2019. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun (R) at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of the capital Beirut on March 22, 2019.
JOSEPH EID / AFP

Image 11 of 11US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun (R) at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of the capital Beirut on March 22, 2019. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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