January 14, 2019 / 8:41 AM / 5 months ago

Pompeo cancels Kuwait leg of MidEast trip - spokesman

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia January 14, 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS

RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will cut short his Middle East trip because he needs to return to the United States for a family funeral, a state department spokesman said on Monday.

Pompeo, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, will return home after meetings in Oman instead of travelling on to Kuwait.

“This curtailment of travel is required so that the Pompeo family may attend a family funeral,” the spokesman said.

Writing by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Alison Williams

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