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Pompeo: Mideast Peace Can’t be Achieved Without 'Confronting Iran'

Pompeo: Mideast Peace Can’t be Achieved Without 'Confronting Iran'

Thursday, 14 February, 2019 - 10:15
FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at Lazienki Palace in Warsaw, Poland February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday at a security conference in Warsaw that Iran is the top threat in the Middle East and confronting the country is key to reaching peace in the entire region.

Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the opening session at the conference and said "pushing back" against Iran was central to dealing with all the region's other problems.

"You can't achieve peace and stability in the Middle East without confronting Iran. It's just not possible," Pompeo said alongside Netanyahu.

The US and Poland are sponsoring the conference.

"No one country will dominate the discussion today nor will any one issue dominate our talks. Everyone should speak thoughtfully and honestly. Each country should respect the voice of all others. Our hope is that every engagement will entail true back-and-forth dialogue, not just be a chance to recite prepared statements," Pompeo said in opening the meeting.

"We want to bring together countries with an interest in stability to share their different views,” he told foreign ministers and other officials from more than 60 countries.

"We must work together for security. No country can afford to remain on the sidelines," he added.

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