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Pompeo seeks to allay concerns over pullout

US Secretary of State in Middle East to assure allies of American commitment to region

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has tweeted that he is in the Middle East to "send a clear message to our friends and partners that the US is committed to the region, committed to #defeatISIS, and committed to counter Iran's destabilising activities".

On Monday, while en route to the region, he told journalists his message would be that "the United States is still committed to all the missions that we signed up for with them over the past two years".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2019, with the headline 'Pompeo seeks to allay concerns over pullout'. Print Edition | Subscribe