Pompeo applauds Qatar's assistance while on Mideast tour

Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan greets  visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prior to their meeting at Al-Shati Pal

Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan greets visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prior to their meeting at Al-Shati Pal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Qatar, a nation targeted by a four American allies in the Mideast.

Pompeo arrived on Sunday and signed several agreements with Qatari officials.

America's top diplomat thanked Qatar for hosting U.S. forces at Al-Udeid Air Base, home to the U.S. military's Central Command forward headquarters.

Pompeo described the two countries' relationship as "extensive, important and growing."

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also said his country's relationship with America "has enabled us to confront so many regional and international challenges."

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, all U.S. allies, began a boycott of Qatar over a political dispute in June 2017 that continues today.

Pompeo will travel to Saudi Arabia after his daylong stay in Doha.