PressTV-‘Pompeo seeking to reclaim US’ diminished role in Mideast’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’ speech in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday was a futile attempt to curb Iran’s influence in the Middle East and reclaim America’s diminished role in the region, a US writer and academic says.

In his speech at the American University in Cairo, the top US diplomat called for rolling back Tehran’s influence and vowed to “expel every last Iranian boot” from Syria.

Iran and Russia have been supporting the Syrian government in its anti-terror operations at the request of Damascus.

“The visit of Pompeo is to try to strengthen the US position which has deteriorate…and reinforce the US presence and to roundup hostility toward Iran,” said James Petras, a retired professor who has published on political issues with particular focus on Latin America, the Middle East and imperialism.

Pompeo was seeking to drive a wedge between Iran and its allies in the region, mainly Iraq and Syria, “[but] I don’t think…

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