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Pompeo to cut short Middle East tour to attend funeral

AFP  |  Riyadh 

US of State will cut short his tour and head home early to attend a family funeral, an said on Monday.

"will return to the after his meetings in Muscat, Oman," State Department said in a statement.

"This curtailment of travel is required so that the family may attend a family funeral." Pompeo is currently in as part of an extensive eight-day trip to the Middle East, which included stops in Amman, Cairo, Manama, and

The curtailment means that Pompeo will not visit after he visits later Monday.

The top US looks forward to visiting the country "at an agreeable time in the near future", Palladino added.

Pompeo held talks on Monday with Saudi Arabia's Salman and his son on Monday, during his second politically sensitive visit to the kingdom since Saudi Jamal Khashoggi's murder sparked global outrage.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 15:10 IST