Pompeo Meets Top Iraqi Officials During Unannounced Visit to Baghdad

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USA officials had said the two were expected to have consultations on Tuesday about the fate of Kurds allied with the U.S.in Syria as part of discussions about Trump's troop draw-down. "We learned that when America retreats, chaos often follows", he said. We have rebuilt our relationships.

"John Bolton has made a grave mistake on this issue", Erdogan told his party's lawmakers in parliament.

Pompeo will likely face questions about last month's surprise announcement that USA troops would soon leave northeastern Syria, where they help battle remnants of the Islamic State group.

It is highly unusual for an American secretary of state to deliver a speech in a foreign capital attacking a former US president.

While Obama administration made the landmark nuclear deal with Iran a priority, the Trump administration is taking the opposite approach, Al Jazeera's Bishara said.

President Donald Trump on Monday sought to end fears of an abrupt United States (US) pullout from Syria, saying the fight against the Islamic State group was not over and that withdrawal would be done in a "prudent" manner.

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"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.

Doubtless, despite the United States administration's flip-flopping and lack of a cohesive and realistic vision for Washington's Middle East foreign policy, Turkey will use Bolton's visit to Ankara as an opportunity to stress Turkey's major concerns.

"The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering", Pompeo said. When he took the helm of the State Department in April 2018, Pompeo said he would reverse his predecessor's policies and work to quickly refill the department's depleted ranks.

As articulated in Erdogan's latest New York Times opinion piece, Turkey's government is firm when it assures the world that it's prepared to shoulder the heavy burdens of responsibility when it comes to dealing with the dangers posed by Daesh's remnants.

Obama's longtime aide Ben Rhodes also lambasted Pompeo for giving a speech he said "no one will remember next week" unlike Obama's address. But it was most notable for the determined attacks on the previous US administration.

Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are touring the Middle East, seeking to explain the policy and elicit support.

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Brian Dooley, the group's senior adviser, said Pompeo failed to mention that Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen "repeatedly violated worldwide law" and brushed aside the Egyptian government's "targeting of human rights activists, or of how torture in jails is driving prisoners into the arms of ISIS".

"There is a lot of ambitious language, but very little actual commitment of USA resources".

"He told you that 9/11 led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East", he continued.

On Twitter, Martin Indyk, who served in the Obama administration, called the speech "shameful Obama-bashing".

Martin Indyk, former US ambassador to Israel and Obama's special envoy to the Middle East, said Pompeo's speech "was a shameless attack by a sitting SecState on a former US President before a foreign audience".

"Remember, it was here in this city that another American stood before you". Their complaints have been seconded by Israel, which has indicated to both Washington and Moscow the limits of its toleration of the Iranian presence in the country where the International Coalition has been battling radical Islamist groups including IS and Al-Qaeda.

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