Pompeo meets senior Kurdish leaders in Kurdistan following visit to Baghdad

Pompeo meets senior Kurdish leaders in Kurdistan following visit to Baghdad

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Thursday the United States and its allies would work diplomatically to expel all Iranian troops from Syria, urging Middle East nations to forge a common stand against Tehran.

Later Thursday, Pompeo was to give a planned address entitled "A Force for Good: America Reinvigorated in the Middle East" at the American University in Cairo.

"The US-#Egypt relationship is one of our deepest and broadest partnerships in the region", Pompeo said in an earlier Tweet. In his letter of resignation, Mattis said Trump as commander-in-chief deserved a defense secretary whose views are "better aligned" with his own. He said that this realignment threatened America's ally, Israel. He said that Obama, who he did not name, "grossly underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism".

A critical point that Turkey will continue emphasising to Trump administration officials is that the Turkish leadership accepts the challenges of working with partners in Syria and beyond to ensure that the conditions which once gave rise to Daesh will not reemerge, and that only through state-building and reconstruction of the destroyed country can lasting peace and stability return to Syria following the U.S. military's withdrawal.

Bolton's spokesman Garrett Marquis described the talks as "productive" and centred on "the president's decision to withdraw at a proper pace from northeast Syria".

Donald Trump's national-security advisor met with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel yesterday to discuss plans for the region, including a withdrawal from "northeast Syria", as Bolton specified in a joint presser.

"We will do that".

"Our main objective is to create conditions that will allow Christians to stay and flourish in the Middle East", he said, shifting the subject to express strong satisfaction at the passage of the USA aid package that is helping underserved religious minorities in Iraq rebuild their ancestral communities.

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Pompeo's speech drew immediate criticism from Middle East experts as well as officials who served under Obama who accused the secretary of state of violating the American tradition that "politics stops at the water's edge".

"Whenever/wherever USA interferes, chaos, repression and resentment follow", Zarif wrote on Twitter.

"Whenever/wherever USA interferes, chaos, repression and resentment follow", Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter.

"The day Iran mimics USA clients & @SecPompeo's "human rights models"-be it the Shah or current butchers-to become a "normal" country is the day hell freezes over".

The tour comes amid rising concerns that U.S. policy is getting bogged down. The minister also rejected Israel's request that the United States recognise Israeli sovereignty over Syrian territory that Israel occupies in the Golan Heights.

"There is a lot of ambitious language, but very little actual commitment of US resources". He told you 9/11 led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East. We urge every country to take meaningful action to crush terrorism and denounce its ideological roots. He did thank the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, for a recent court decision to acquit USA citizens who had been convicted of improperly operating NGOs.

As for how the Trump administration's policies are being perceived by Mideast leaders, NPR's Jane Arraf reports from Baghdad, "This is a new era, and part of that new era is a belief that the United States is more than willing to look the other way [from] repression and human rights abuses in countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, if there are security or economic benefits".

Pompeo is meeting with USA allies in the region, including stops in Jordan, Egypt and several Gulf nations, to coordinate an anti-Iran campaign.

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