Pompeo to press European allies over Iran on NATO summit sidelines
Wednesday 11/July/2018 - 01:29 PM
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reportedly set to meet with senior British، French and German officials on the sidelines of a NATO summit in an attempt to persuade them to join Washington in pressuring Iran، according to "Press TV".
Pompeo arrived for the summit in Brussels on Tuesday، and will meet with the three countries’ political directors on Wednesday or Thursday، Reuters reported، citing an unnamed senior official with the US State Department.
He would be trying to assure Paris، London and Berlin of “alternative oil supplies” in case of a boycott of Iranian oil sales، according to the report.
The US has warned third countries against buying Iranian crude as of November 4 amid a rise in Washington’s attempts to choke the Islamic Republic oil revenue.
Separately، the US is seeking to ensure anti-Iran pressure from its allies on the Persian Gulf’s coasts.
Earlier in the month، a statement released by the Saudi cabinet after a meeting chaired by Saudi King Salman said that the kingdom، which is one of the US’s strongest regional allies، would be increasing its output to make up for the Iranian crude.