U.S. ‘very confident’ it can build maritime initiative in Gulf: Pompeo

SYDNEY (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that he was “very confident” the United States would be able to build a maritime coalition in the Gulf, despite a lukewarm response from European and Asian allies.

Pompeo and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper were speaking alongside their Australian counterparts in Sydney.

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Colin Packham; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell