Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
December 30, 2019
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates. Secretary Pompeo and Crown Prince Al Nahyan expressed their deep concerns regarding the Kata’ib Hizbollah attacks on Coalition Forces in Iraq. The Secretary and the Crown Prince agreed that the U.S. actions taken in response to protect coalition interests were defensive, proportionate, and justified. The Secretary thanked the Crown Prince for the UAE’s support and engagement across many regional challenges and agreed to continue to work together to counter Iran’s malign behavior.