The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it a point to meet up with the Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, on the sidelines of his crucial meeting with Turkish President Recap Tayyib Erdogan.
Pompeo was visiting Erdogan to negotiate a ceasefire attempt which has resulted in Turkey agreeing to keep off Syria for 120 hours, on the condition that the US will facilitate retraction of Kurdish forces from the safe zone.
After this four hour meeting, Pompeo met with Netanyahu where he expressed the need for a renewal of the arms embargo by the United Nations Security Council against Iran when it expires in 2020.
He was stressing over the growing Middle Eastern arms race.
Setting the mood of the meeting, Pompeo already took the White House’s favorite social media tool and tweeted his message that Iran needed to be stopped from selling arms to other countries.
In his tweet message, he said, “Because of the flawed Iran deal, the UN arms embargo on Iran will expire in one year. Countries like Russia and China will be able to sell Iran sophisticated weapons.
The Iranian regime will be free to sell weapons to anyone. This will trigger a new arms race in the Middle East,” he continued.
Pompeo‘s visit has been seen strategic to the Middle East position, where it has sounded Israel of the US intention to restore a sense of balance and peace in the Middle East.
Political analysts see this as an American move to secure credibility with Israel, over the skirmish in Syria with Turkey.
Israel has condemned Turkey’s move of dismantling the secure net in Northern Syria but has not said anything against the US of having pulled back forces.
Jerusalem also has its apprehensions that the US pullout has raised concerns of a reemergence of the Islamic State jihadist group, which US-backed Kurdish fighters fought and retook areas of Syria from, as well as the expansion of Syrian regime backers’ Russia and Iran’s influence in the country.
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