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Pompeo spends 45 minutes with Saudi crown prince, axes final stop of Mideast trip

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By Associated Press

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince in Riyadh on Monday, but will cut short the rest of his Middle East trip to attend a family funeral.

The conflicts in Syria and Yemen, threats from Iran and the Saudi response to the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi last year were among the issues expected to be discussed.

Pompeo spent 35 minutes with Saudi King Salman and 45 minutes with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the latest stop of his Middle East tour that has so far been dominated by questions and concerns about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.

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