New US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit Israel

New Secretary of State's first trip abroad to include visit to Israel. Pompeo may attend opening of US embassy in Jerusalem.

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Newly sworn in US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head from this week's NATO meeting in Brussels directly on to high level talks in Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, his spokeswoman said.

Speaking on the tarmac of Joint Base Andrews in front of the secretary's government jet as he arrived from his Supreme Court swearing-in, Heather Nauert said the stops were chosen to reflect their "importance as key allies and partners in the region."

Pompeo, who was confirmed as Secretary of State on Thursday, will visit Israel during his first trip abroad as the Secretary of State. He is expected to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

On Wednesday, Hadashot News reported that Pompeo was likely to lead the US delegation to the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14.