Pompeo visits West Bank Israeli settlement

Joseph Krauss
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has visited an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, becoming the first top US diplomat to do so.

A State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the visit to reporters travelling with Pompeo, who were not allowed to accompany him.

He arrived at the Psagot winery outside Jerusalem on Thursday.

Earlier, he said he would pay a visit to the Golan Heights. Israel seized the West Bank and the Golan Heights in the 1967 war and later annexed the Golan in a move not recognised internationally.

Israel has built dozens of settlements in the West Bank, which the Palestinians want for their future state.

Most of the international community views the settlements a violation of international law and an obstacle to peace.