The American officials’ visits to the West Asia region have often sparked a lot of controversies.
In many cases, these visits come out with decisions harmful to the regional order and security. For example, after late May trip to Saudi Arabia of the American President Donald Trump, the regional policies of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia grew far more aggressive than before.
Now another American diplomat is coming to the region. The White House announced on Saturday that the American Vice-president Mike Pence will visit the region on Tuesday. After last week’s Trump recognition of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of the Israeli regime and talk of intention to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Muslims holy city, the vice-president is the first top American official to visit the region. Reiterating the warm relations of Washington with the Arab states in an effort to ease the growing anti-American sentiments among Arabs and Muslims and repeating the barefaced warning against the so-called Iranian threats to the region, according to the analysts, are expected to be high on the agenda of Pence. He is also expected to address the Israeli Knesset to be the first American official to do so since the 2008 speech of the former American President George W. Bush.
Bolstering anti-Iranian Arab alliance
For all American leaders, countering Iran has always been the unwavering policy. This anti-Tehran approach is now even sharpened under the presidency of Trump largely because the Islamic Republic along with Russia has managed to crush ISIS terrorist group on the Syrian battlegrounds, a success that meant a terminating blow to the American-eyed plan for Syria partition. In quest of responding to a triumph gained by Iran, the American administration is seeking to unite the Arabs against the Islamic Republic. Washington goes to great lengths to paint Tehran as a regional culprit. The American envoy to the UN has pushed towards this aim as Nikki Haley on Friday staged a “missile show” by putting on show what she called remains of a missile shaped cylinder, in a struggle to support her claim that the last month Yemeni missile which was fired into Saudi Arabia was supplied by Iran. The fresh missile propaganda is meant to forge an anti-Iranian Arab and European alliance. Mike Pence’s upcoming visit to the West Asia can represent a sequel to the already-staged anti-Tehran Haley show.
Kuwait news agency cited a senior American official as saying on Saturday that discussing confronting Iran will be one of American diplomat’s priorities during the trip to the occupied Palestinian territories and Egypt.
Pushing for Syria stay
The unnamed American official also noted that the US is still focusing on the regional peace and, but Iran, ISIS, and the radical ideologies remain the top regional cases. This means that the vice-president will do his best to, under the cover of fighting ISIS, press for a permanent stay of the American forces in Syria as part of an effort to ease the impacts of failure of the Washington’s plots for the region. The campaign is coming while last month Tehran, the staunch ally of Damascus in its anti-terror battle, announced obliteration of ISIS in the region, signaling that counterterror war has approached its last stage. Russia, too, declared ISIS end and President Vladimir Putin in a surprise visit to Syria announcing ISIS termination and ordered a significant part of his forces to withdraw from the country. Moscow and Tehran announcements well stripped Washington of its excuses to keep troops on the Syrian soil on anti-terror grounds. Now Pence is expected to pave the way for the US’s Syria stay by highlighting ISIS perils and also by cautioning against Iran’s regional influence.
Easing the outrage over Trump’s al-Quds decision
Last week’s Trump recognition of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the Israeli regime’s capital drew a strong objection from a variety of countries, especially the regional ones. No Muslim state has backed the move, though the conservative Arab rulers are supporting it on the sly. Pence is seeking to reduce a wide-ranging regional opposition to the plan. He is traveling to Egypt to make sure Cairo leaders are not stiff opponents of Trump decision. The vice-president was a key advocate of the announcement and so he is taking up the role to alleviate the rapidly-hardening situation. The Israeli Jerusalem Post newspaper in a report published last week, Pence, An Architect of Jerusalem Recognition, plans a Triumphant Visit, brought in the spotlight the vice-president’s role in the US president’s al-Quds move. The Israeli newspaper noted that Pence as a representative of Trump will reiterate intention to move the US embassy to the contested city.
The forthcoming trip to the region might be well labeled a failed one as the Egyptian leaders and the officials of the Palestinian Authority have said that they “won’t welcome Mike Pence.” Moreover, the backlash against Trump’s al-Quds decision is still raging in the region and worldwide, and so will strongly repulse Pence’s efforts to drain the Muslim’s fury using duplicity. On the other side, the Iranophobic campaign has failed to garner the regional public’s substantiation as the White House expected. These failures are beside the impasse the Americans are facing in Syria due to the highly active Russian and Iranian role played there. The Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin has recently called on the US to end its illegal, uninvited presence in the Syrian territories.