Alwaght- A great deal of media focus has been given to the tour of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the Arab countries starting with Jordan. The 8-nation tour comes as Pompeo seeks to discuss with, or better to say to dictate to, the Arab states the latest Washington’s regional policies. The tour is taking him also to Egypt, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
There is no doubt that the trip is highly significant in terms of timing. Some of the regional cases, including the Syrian crisis, Afghanistan war, Lebanon government formation delay, the Palestinian cause, and the Arab-Israeli relations are now fast developing, with the regional and international players trying to leave the maximum impact with regard to their interests, strategies, and alliances.
In Afghanistan case, talks with the Taliban are intensifying. In Syria case, Damascus government is restoring its regional and international position it lost after the devastating war. The US is reviewing its Syria strategy, and the Arab rulers are bringing their secret ties to Tel Aviv to the surface in a normalization path.