Pompeo also faulted what he called Obama's "desire for peace at any cost" that led him to strike the 2015 nuclear deal under which Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear weapons program in exchange for easing of global economic sanctions.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to meet with USA national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday, while telegraphing a widening rift between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies that leaves the Trump administration's plans to withdraw troops from Syria in limbo.In a speech to parliament, Erdogan said that Bolton had made "serious mistake" in calling for a new condition for the us exit from Syria.
Pompeo is meeting with US allies in the region, including stops in Jordan, Egypt and several Gulf nations, to coordinate an anti-Iran campaign.
Mike Pompeo poured scorn on efforts by Mr Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, to moderate American policy in the Middle East and negotiate with Iran, calling him "misguided" and a victim of "wishful thinking".
The top US diplomat was in Egypt on the latest leg of a whistle-stop regional tour aimed at shoring up Washington's Middle East policy following US President Donald Trump's shock decision to withdraw 2,000 US troops from Syria. Turkey has used the instability caused by the Syrian civil war to launch incursions against Kurdish positions in Syria, pulling Kurdish fighters from helping the USA fight ISIS so that they can defend their own territory. Erdogan then said that the YPG is not representative of Syria's Kurds. We learned that when America retreats, chaos follows.
"I think that's an arrogant approach to the Middle East telling its people who suffered millions of casualties since America's wars in 1980".
In the speech entitled "A Force for Good: America's Reinvigorated Role in the Middle East", Pompeo emphasized America's positive impact on the region.
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Aaron Stein, the Middle East director at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, said the tensions over the administration's Syria policy were largely the result of Trump's staff ignoring "the intent of the President". "It is not possible for us to make compromises on this point", Erdogan said Tuesday in a speech to parliament.
"Whenever/wherever U.S. interferes, chaos, repression & resentment follow", Zarif wrote on Twitter.
Since withdrawing from the nuclear deal previous year, the administration has steadily ratcheted up pressure on Tehran and routinely accuses the nation of being the most destabilizing influence in the region. But Trump has frequently sought to belittle his predecessor and has reversed Obama policies on worldwide issues such as the Iran nuclear deal, trade agreements and the Paris climate change accord as well as domestic policies.
They are meant to clarify Washington's policies in the Middle East with its regional allies and further strategic objectives that focus on the war against militant groups and the isolation of Iran. The occupied Palestinian territories weren't mentioned at all, Bishara noted.
The Turkish leader's comments were a "big time put down", said Timothy Ash, senior emerging markets strategist and Turkey expert at BlueBay Asset Management.
Pompeo delivered his remarks in Cairo, where Obama famously spoke in 2009 and promised a new beginning with Muslim and Arab countries.
Commenting on Tehran's actions, the USA official claimed that Middle Eastern states "will never enjoy security, achieve economic stability, or advance the dreams of its peoples if Iran's revolutionary regime persists on its current course".