April 26, 2018 / 6:28 PM / 10 months ago

New U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo to visit Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to be Secretary of State, leaves a meeting with Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to travel to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel over the weekend after a stop in Brussels for a NATO meeting, the State Department said on Thursday.

“No other secretary in recent history has gone on a trip as quickly as he has,” department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters. Pompeo was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday and sworn in shortly afterward.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by David Alexander

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