Pompeo and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan meet at the Al Shati Palace in Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
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The United States will consider requests from some countries to be exempted from sanctions it will put in effect in November to prevent Iran from exporting oil, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday.The UAE is a staunch U.S. ally that hosts some 5,000 American forces at a crucial air base and the U.S. Navy's busiest foreign port of call.The UAE long has been suspicious of Iran and its nuclear deal with world powers, from which U.S. President Donald Trump recently pulled out.Pompeo also said that America and its Gulf Arab allies want to show Iran that its actions have "a real high cost," stepping up his warnings after Tehran threatened to disrupt Mideast oil supplies.Global oil prices have risen on the expectation that the United States will push its allies to stop importing Iranian crude oil, further tightening the world energy supplies.Iran's Foreign Ministry and the central bank have taken measures to facilitate banking operations despite the U.S. sanctions, Jahangiri said without elaborating.
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