Pompeo says US ‘fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself’

Pompeo says US ‘fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has refused to criticise Israel for the killing of dozens of unarmed Palestinian protesters during weeks of rallies on the Israel-Gaza border as he concluded his diplomatic tour in the Middle East.

After stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel, Pompeo headed to Jordan’s capital, Amman, where he held talks with Ayman Safadi, Jordan’s minister of foreign affairs, on Monday.

At a press conference after the meeting, Pompeo was asked if the US took a position on the recent protests at the Gaza-Israel border, in which nearly 50 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire.

“We believe the Israelis have the right to defend themselves, and we’re fully supportive of that,” Pompeo, who was confirmed as the top US diplomat last week, replied.

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