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Pompeo cuts Middle East trip short to attend family funeral

Secretary Pompeo's abbreviated trip means that Pompeo won't be travelling as previously scheduled to Kuwait

Pompeo cuts Middle East trip short to attend family funeral
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Saudi's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir upon his arrival in Riyadh on January 13, 2019, during his extensive Middle East tour. (Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will cut short his Middle East tour and return home early due to a death in the family.

“Secretary Pompeo will return to the United States after his meetings in Muscat, Oman," State Department Deputy Spokesman Robert Palladino said in an emailed statement. “This curtailment of travel is required so that the Pompeo family may attend a family funeral.”

The abbreviated trip means that Pompeo won’t be travelling as previously scheduled to Kuwait. He’ll look to visit the country “at an agreeable time in the near future," the statement said.

Pompeo was in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, where he is meeting King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.