News ID: 237216
Published: 0606 GMT January 11, 2019

Pompeo seeking to reclaim America’s diminished role in Mideast: Analyst

Pompeo seeking to reclaim America’s diminished role in Mideast: Analyst

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’ speech in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday was a futile attempt to curb Iran’s influence in the Middle East and reclaim America’s diminished role in the region, a US writer and academic says.

In his speech at the American University in Cairo, the top US diplomat called for rolling back Tehran's influence and vowed to "expel every last Iranian boot" from Syria.

Iran and Russia have been supporting the Syrian government in its anti-terror operations at the request of Damascus, Presstv Reported.

“The visit of Pompeo is to try to strengthen the US position which has deteriorate…and reinforce the US presence and to roundup hostility toward Iran,” said James Petras, a retired professor who has published on political issues with particular focus on Latin America, the Middle East and imperialism.

Pompeo was seeking to drive a wedge between Iran and its allies in the region, mainly Iraq and Syria, “[but] I don’t think Pompeo is going to be able to push this agenda because Iran has many friends, allies and sympathizers,” Petras told Press TV on Wednesday.

Pompe and other senior US officials “are looking toward some aggression, some escalation, some sanctions, perhaps some military provocation against Iran,” he added. Iran and Russia have been supporting the Syrian government in its anti-terror operations at the request of Damascus.

In his speech, Pompeo blamed the administration of former US President Barack Obama for the rise of the Daesh terror group in Iraq and Syria, as well as the growing influence of Iran in the region.

Last month, Trump declared victory against Daesh terrorists in Syria and announced to pull out American troops from the country, saying that US troops cannot stay in Syria "forever.”

However, the US Defense Department has rejected any timetable for withdrawing the roughly 2,000 US troops from Syria.

 

 

   
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