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Pompeo talks about Washington's desires for Middle East

IANS  |  Cairo 

The United States' said his country has learnt from the mistakes it committed in the and vowed to continue fighting against terror organisations.

spoke on Thursday at the in as part of a whirlwind tour of the most populous Arab country. His visit comes after US announced last month a pullout of US troops from Syria, EFE news reported.

"American troops are coming home from Syria, but this is not a change of mission. We remain committed to the complete dismantling of the (Islamic State) threat and the ongoing fight against radical Islamist terror. We are looking to our partners to do more going forward," said during his visit to the Egyptian capital.

and have been maintaining close ties for the last 40 years since signed a peace treaty with in 1979 following the US-brokered peace accords of September 1978.

The peace between and ultimately led the US to provide the latter with $1.3 billion in military aid annually.

Pompeo praised the efforts of Egyptian in guaranteeing the coexistence of Christianity and Islam, days after the al-Sisi administration inaugurated the country's biggest cathedral and mosque in the New Administrative Capital, located about 30 kilometres (19 miles) to the east of

"I applaud al-Sisi's efforts to promote religious freedom which stands as an example for all leaders and all peoples of the Middle East," the US' top said.

Pompeo acknowledged that some have criticised the US' role in the Middle East; yet, he asked his audience to "just look around at this university (the in Cairo) which has existed now for a century."

"It is not a coincidence that many other American universities like this one thrive all across the .. (American universities) are symbols of America's innate goodness, of our hopes for you and of the better future we desire for all nations of the Middle East," he added.

On Tuesday, Pompeo began his tour with a visit to followed Wednesday by a trip to to meet with government leaders and Kurdish-Iraqi regional leaders.

The of State is set to visit Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and in the coming days.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 01:02 IST