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Pompeo vying for support from Middle East on Iran sanctions

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Mike Pompeo sits for a confirmation hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post Getty Images

Newly sworn-in secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is spending his second full day on the job in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, campaigning for support from Middle Eastern nations on new Iran sanctions.

What they're saying: “We are urging nations around the world to sanction any individuals and entities associated with Iran’s missile program, and it has also been a big part of discussions with Europeans,” policy advisor traveling with the secretary, Brian Hook, told Reuters reporters. “Iran’s missiles prolong war and suffering in the Middle East, they threaten our security and economic interests and they especially threaten Saudi Arabia and Israel,” he added.

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