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Mike Pompeo is in Egypt as part of a Middle East tour aimed at reassuring Arab partners after President Donald Trump announced his plans to withdraw US forces from Syria.

Pompeo met Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Thursday and held talks with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to discuss security and economic cooperation.

He will also deliver a speech on Washington's broader Middle East objectives.

Although he will touch on various issues, Pompeo is most likely to not discuss Egypt's human rights issues, according to Marwan Bishara, our senior political analyst.


Bishara has been invited by Al Jazeera to discuss the US Secretary of State's visit to the Middle East.


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Richard Alevizos
Prince Mohamed bin Salman must be put to death.
Shamsi Shishvan
Those who don't learn from the past, will have to experience the same as Saddam Hussein did. Remember, when the American ambassodor in Baghdad was giving so much support and warm words to Saddam right before his invasion of Kuwait, after he fallen in the trap, they came and rescue the Kuwaitis so triumphant, and they never left the Kuwait up to know. Learn from the past.
Alex Amgad
المعرصين خايفين قوي من ماما امريكا كلاب الاخوان مرعوبين من اسيادنهم
Masho Manna
God blesss Israel USA
gwmkiwi
The Government of Iraq should have arrested Pompeo and held him until the USA agreed to compensate Iraq for the USA's illegal invasion
Lo No
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Arbjon Shehu
The Israeli slaves
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What policy does america has except policy of looting world countries
zoo judy
Trump, like his authoritarian leader pals, couldn't care less about human rights. Human beings have become collateral damage to the childish selfish policies of these leaders. Seems to me that religions all around are the root of hate everywhere.
king Ali
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All devil Mullahs like khamenei Rohani and all passdaran musst die ! Viva FREE Iran
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Samul Lio
Iran is biggest threat for middle east peace
red rose
Sisi is a Zionist Slave with his Americunt Master.
M1CHAEL C0RL3ON3
Marwan Bishara is a Brother of an Israeli Knesset Member yet Al-Jewzeera puts this guy as a Senior Analyst?
vivre ensemble2017
قال وزير الخارجية الأمريكي: "أنا أتمتع بالحرية وحقون الإنسان في بلادي ولايهمني إلا مصلحة وطني "
أما الجنرال عبدالفتاح السيسي فله الضوءالأ خضرفي تعذ يب وقتل أي معارض لسياسته.كما أن هذا البودل يتهم أغلبية المسلمين المصريين بأنهم يرفضون العيش بجانب الأقباط ويشجعون على االإقتراب من إيران.وكما تعرفون أن هذا التقرب يهدد إستقرار إسرائيل كصديقة لأ مريكا.
من هي الدولة التي إستعملت طائراتها لقصف القنابل على الأراضي المصرية ؟
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FULL: Secretary of State Pompeo's 🇺🇸 Analysis: Pompeo in Middle 1 day ago   25:25

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NEWS DESK | U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the Middle East to discuss the American presence in the region with countries and groups there — including Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and the Kurds in Iraq. He also promised a fierce stand against Iran's activities.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Thursday for an end to Middle East rivalries to roll back Tehran's influence and vowed to 'expel every last Iranian boot' from Syria as he sought to reassure allies about US plans to withdraw troops from the war-ravaged country.

The top American diplomat took aim at former president Barack Obama's Middle East policies in his address entitled 'A Force for Good: America Reinvigorated in the Middle East' at the American University in Cairo, crediting President Donald Trump for reversing the United States' 'willful blindness to the danger of the [Iranian] regime'.

Trump's predecessor had 'grossly underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism,' Pompeo said. And parroting Obama's words in his landmark 2009 speech in Cairo, Pompeo vowed that now was really 'a new beginning' in ties between the US and the Middle East.

'In falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East, we were timid about asserting ourselves when the times — and our partners — demanded it,' Pompeo said, without explicitly naming Obama.

'Countries increasingly understand that we must confront the ayatollahs, not coddle them,' Pompeo added.He said that America's 'penchant for wishful thinking' allowed Hezbollah in Lebanon, backed by Iran, to stockpile a massive arsenal of some 130,000 rockets and missiles, some equipped with precision guiding technology.

'That arsenal is aimed squarely at our ally Israel,' Pompeo said.

'In Lebanon, Hezbollah remains a major presence, but we won’t accept this status quo. Our aggressive sanctions campaign against Iran is also directed at the terror group and its leaders,' he said.Pompeo said that the United States 'fully supports Israel's right to defend itself against Iran's aggressive adventurism' and will continue to ensure that Israel has the military capacity to act 'decisively'.

'The nations of the Middle East will never enjoy security, achieve economic stability, or advance the dreams of its peoples if Iran’s revolutionary regime persists on its current course,' Pompeo said.

He called for an end to old rivalries 'for the sake of the greater good of the region,' pointing to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's clandestine visit to Oman in October and the Israeli judo team's participation in a tournament in the United Arab Emirates as signs of rapprochements already underway.

'These steps toward rapprochement are necessary for greater security in the face of shared threats. And they hint at a brighter future for the region,' he said.

This is Pompeo's longest trip since taking office last year, and it has already taken him to Jordan, Baghdad and Arbil. The whistle-stop tour will also take Pompeo to Gulf countries including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

His tour is aimed at urging regional allies to continue to confront the 'significant threats' posed by Iran and Islamic jihadists despite the US withdrawal.Pompeo met earlier Thursday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, after arriving in Cairo late Wednesday.

'We will withdraw our forces, our uniformed forces, from Syria and continue America's crushing campaign,' Pompeo told reporters at a joint press conference with Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukry.

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