US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been touring the Middle East to rally support against Iran, but Tehran is not impressed.
The top US diplomat set out on his much-anticipated trip last week, with a declared goal of forging a unified Arab front against Iran, a dream that has brought together even Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Before landing in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on Monday morning, Pompeo made important stops in Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
Perhaps the most important objective of the 9-country tour became clear during his rambling speech in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, where he spoke extensively of the US “campaign to stop Iran’s malevolent influence and actions against this region and the world.”
He said US economic sanctions against Iran were “the strongest in history, and will keep getting tougher until Iran starts behaving like a normal country.”
But the hostile rhetoric didn’t end there as…