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Pompeo Visits Middle East to Increase Pressure on Iran

10 January 2019

"You'll see in the coming days and weeks we are redoubling all our diplomatic and commercial efforts to put real pressure on Iran". He is also scheduled to deliver a speech at the American University of Cairo on the topic of United States involvement in the Middle East and Iran's destabilising role in the region.

"Remember, it was here, here in this city, that another American stood before you". "He told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from ideology.

We will withdraw our forces, our uniformed forces, from Syria and continue America´s crushing campaign", Pompeo told reporters.

Turkey has angrily rejected USA requests to refrain from attacking Syrian Kurds - key US allies in the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS - when the American troops leave.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a speech at the American University in Cairo on Thursday that was a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's Mideast policies.

He criticized Obama for ignoring the growth of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement in Lebanon to the detriment of Israel's security and not doing enough to push back on Iran-supported rebels in Yemen. "Can you say the same about Iran?"

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"That arsenal is aimed squarely at our ally Israel".

"He is going to give a set of remarks", Pompeo said of the president. We have rediscovered our voice. "And our desire for peace at any cost led us to strike a deal with Iran, our common enemy".

The trip comes amid confusion over conflicting statements by President Donald Trump and senior USA officials about a planned US troop withdrawal from Syria.

President Donald Trump´s "decision to withdraw our troops has been made". "Countries increasingly understand that we must confront the ayatollahs, not coddle them".

Referring to the upheavals in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere, Pompeo said, "And at this critical moment, America, your long-time friend, was absent, too much. Why?" The sanctions cover Iran's shipping, financial and energy sectors.

"New bonds are taking root that were unimaginable until very recently", he said, pointing to Prime Minister Netanyahu's trip a year ago to the sultanate of Oman, a country with which Israel has no formal ties.

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Trump also commented Sunday on the timing of the withdrawal. "It undermined the concept of the nation-state, the building block of global stability", he said.

Yemen's internationally recognized leader Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi expressed his "support for the efforts and work" of Griffiths at the talks in the Saudi capital, the Saba news agency reported.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just began a tour of eight Middle Eastern nations to discuss the withdrawal of the American troops.

He also criticised ex-President Barack Obama's Middle East policy, saying he had made "dire misjudgements".

National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said USA officials were told Erdogan cited local election season and a speech to parliament for not meeting with Bolton. He said their meeting was "productive".

Pompeo told reporters Wednesday that the USA is working on a pullout strategy that keeps Kurdish allies safe.

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While analysts have underscored the impact the withdrawal decision has had on United States allies, particularly the Kurds, and the potential benefits to Iran and Russian Federation of an American pullback, none have suggested the threat from ISIS has dissipated and instead have stressed it continues to exist.

Pompeo Visits Middle East to Increase Pressure on Iran