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Pompeo: US to boost efforts to counter Iran's 'malign influence'

2019-01-09 09:33:29       source:The Aljazeera

January 9, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has begun a visit to the Middle East aimed at ramping up regional efforts to put pressure on Iran and assuaging allies' fears over Washington's plan to withdraw troops from Syria.

Speaking in the Jordanian capital on Tuesday, Pompeo said the United States was "redoubling" its diplomatic and commercial efforts to counter Tehran's "malign influence" in the region.

Any US troop pullout from Syria would not undermine the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, he said at the joint press conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman.

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