Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoRepublican lawmakers raise security, privacy concerns over Huawei cloud services WashPost fact-checker gives Pompeo four 'Pinocchios' for 'zombie' claim about Obama Iran deal Poll: Biden, Trump statistically tied in favorability MORE said on Thursday that peace in the Middle East is impossible without "confronting Iran."
"You can’t achieve peace and stability in the Middle East without confronting Iran," he said at a summit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a transcript from the State Department. "It’s just not possible."
He added that the regional power is a "malign influence" in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
"You can’t get peace in the Middle East without pushing back against Iran," he added.
Pompeo was asked about Iran following a now-deleted tweet from Netanyahu's office that said he was meeting with Arab leaders to discuss "war with Iran.”
"What is important about this meeting, and it is not in secret, because there are many of those – is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran,” the tweet, which came after Netanyahu met Oman's foreign minister, said.
Now deleted tweet from Benjamin Netanyahu’s account boasting about a meeting “to advance the common interest of war with Iran.” pic.twitter.com/6NcsehKfsU— Liam O'Hare (@Liam_O_Hare) February 13, 2019
The tweet is said to have been a mistranslation, however. The account later shared a similar tweet that instead mentioned "combatting Iran."
What is important about this meeting – and it is not in secret, because there are many of those – is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of combating Iran.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) February 13, 2019
The leaders met at a U.S.-supported conference on Middle Eastern policy in Warsaw, Poland.
President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE last year pulled out of the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran and has reimposed sanctions, increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran.