Washington (AFP) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned “key world priorities,” together with relations with Iran, in a telephone name along with his newly appointed British counterpart Dominic Raab, the State Division stated Thursday.
“Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with UK Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab right this moment to debate key world priorities, together with countering Iran’s makes an attempt to broaden its nuclear program,” stated State Division spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.
She didn’t point out whether or not the dialog touched on elevated tensions with Tehran over Iran’s detention of a British-flagged tanker on July 19 within the Strait of Hormuz.
The seizure has been seen as a tit-for-tat transfer after British authorities detained an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar earlier this month on suspicion it was transport oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.
Though Trump has adopted a “most strain” marketing campaign towards Iran this yr, his administration has made clear the tanker is primarily London’s challenge.
New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s method to dealing with the disaster can be below shut scrutiny. It’s unclear whether or not Johnson, who took workplace Wednesday, will undertake the identical hardline method to Iran as Trump.
In Could 2018, whereas serving as overseas secretary below former prime minister Theresa Could, Johnson went to Washington to attempt to persuade Trump to not abandon the Iran nuclear deal.
He now hopes to seal a commerce cope with the US to compensate for a no-deal Brexit.
Ortagus added that Pompeo and Raab mentioned “strengthening the NATO Alliance” throughout their name, a company that President Donald Trump has beforehand criticized.
“We worth our shut ties with the UK as we work collectively to handle the world’s safety challenges,” Pompeo tweeted.
Subsequent week, Pompeo will attend a gathering in Thailand for the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in addition to conferences with officers in Australia and Micronesia.