Mike Pompeo gives opening address at IISS Manama Dialogue

Mike Pompeo gave an opening address at the IISS Manama Dialogue on Friday evening.

Pompeo said the the US has killed Qassem Soleimani to show Iran the red line.

Pompeo added that the with the help of Gulf allies, the maximum pressure campaign has isolated Iran diplomatically, militarily and economically.

“We are hopeful that the dispute between Saudi and Qatar will be resolved. Every country has a history and a tradition that drives its domestic politics and how it interacts with nations,” he added.

“The Iranian regime is terrorizing its people and promoting terrorism around the world, Iran has reached a rate of 20% enrichment, which means a violation of the nuclear agreement, Iran’s support for the Assad regime has deserted many of the Syrian people, Iran should act as a normal country away from its malignant behavior,” Pompeo added.

Pompeo added that the US is fully committed to the sovereignty and independence of Iraq.

Pompeo adressed those who call for an appeasement with Iran and the upcoming Biden administration by asking them to show wisdom regarding Tehran’s behavior.

“We do not want ISIS to return to Iraq or Iran’s domination of it either, we want to have a balanced military presence in Iraq,” he added.

Pompeo has seriously warned Middle Eastern countries about allowing China’s access to areas such as a telecommunications.

“Our deep commercial ties have blinded us to China’s malign activities,” Pompeo added.

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