Pompeo fails to pressure Sudan and Bahrain to normalize relations with Israel

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the UAE today, Wednesday, after a visit to Bahrain during which he discussed regional stability and Gulf unity, as part of his tour in the Middle East that included Israel, where the US Secretary delivered a speech in support of the President’s re-election campaign. The American Donald Trump is from occupied Jerusalem, in what is considered a break of the traditions of US diplomatic policy and the conditions for remaining above partisan interests.

Pompeo said in Bahrain on Tuesday evening that it is necessary to take advantage of the momentum of the agreement brokered by the United States on the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE, which was announced on August 13th.

Pompeo wrote on Twitter after his meeting with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, "We discussed the importance of promoting regional peace and stability, especially the importance of Gulf unity and countering Iran's malign influence in the region."

Israel and the United States said, "They are calling on more Arab countries to follow in the footsteps of the Emirates, while Israeli Intelligence Minister Yossi Cohen spoke of Bahrain as a possible candidate for the move."

In addition, a senior American official accompanying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on his Arab tour, Wednesday, that the region sees in the Emirati-Israeli agreement all good reasons for normalization with Israel, especially the Gulf states.

On the steps for rapprochement between the Arab countries and Israel, the official pointed out that "each country has its own timetable and its own process."

He added, "We were able to broker an agreement between the UAE and Israel, and we would like to see more countries normalize with Israel."

The US official indicated that Bahrain will take any decision regarding its bilateral relations with other countries in a way that is in the interest of its people, and "we respect that."

The American official confirmed that the Emirati-Israeli agreement is seen as very successful regionally, according to his statements.

The US official indicated that the leadership of the United Arab Emirates can pave the way for other countries.

On Wednesday, Pompeo visited Bahrain and the UAE, where the Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa confirmed to Pompeo that Manama adheres to the Arab Peace Initiative to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Pompeo's tour to a number of countries in the Middle East falls within the framework of encouraging Arab countries to normalize their relations with Israel, similar to the historic peace agreement with the United Arab Emirates.

However, according to experts, Pompeo's efforts in Sudan were unsuccessful, as the head of the Sudanese transitional government, Abdullah Hamdok, announced Tuesday, after his talks with the American minister in Khartoum, that his government “does not have a mandate” to make a decision regarding normalization with Israel, and that its mission is “specific” to complete the process. Transitional and leading to elections.

"The transitional phase in Sudan is led by a broad coalition with a specific agenda to complete the transition process and achieve peace and stability in the country, leading to free elections."

He added, "The transitional government does not have a mandate beyond these tasks to decide on normalization with Israel."

 

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