Mike Pompeo is on his way to visit Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in order to give shape to President Trump’s thought over the recent attacks over oil facilities in the Kingdom.
The United States would like to set the tone to “counter Iranian aggression” with allies in the region. Speaking to the media, the White House has clearly communicated that the US is “locked and loaded and ready to defend its interests and allies in the region, make no mistake about it.”
While Saudi Arabia’s defense ministry is still gathering concrete information to pin the blame on Iran, the US has made up its mind. A US official earlier said on condition of anonymity that Washington was certain that the missiles came from Iranian soil. However, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has averted the blame calling it “baseless nonsense” and said that Houthi rebels indeed started the attack in self-defense.
The State Department has confirmed that Pompeo would meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah and then go to Abu Dhabi to see His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
US Vice President Mike Pence has hinted on the fact that the attacks could have been carried off by Iran to pressurize Trump to back off his sanction regime from Tehran. “If this is what they are planning to do, they will fail miserably,” he added.
Saudi Arabia has already reached out to nations to garner support against such acts of crime. France, on its part, has already reassured the Crown Prince of complete support because it would not want its diplomatic efforts to fall flat, in the midst of the heating battle between US and Iran over the 2015 Nuclear Deal. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, too has shown his support and called on the global community to “take a firm stand and resolute action” towards such assaults.