Iran’s diplomacy these days appears focused on one goal: Driving a wedge between the US and its allies to frustrate Washington’s efforts to build a global coalition to safeguard international shipping in the Gulf against Tehran’s repeated attacks.
As Germany and Japan were not able to persuade Iran to climb down from its collision course with the international community, it is important to consider the next steps to avoid war and at the same time bring Tehran to the negotiating table to discuss the concerns of its neighbors and the world at large.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will visit Iran this week. These visits could help defuse the tensions in the region if they deliver a clear message to Iran, and if Tehran gets that message, about the evolving international consensus that it needs to change its behavior.
The nine-point statement issued at the conclusion of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) emergency summit summarized the discussions that took place prior to and at the summit, which was held in Makkah last Thursday. The summit was prompted by the attacks Iran carried out against Saudi Arabia and the UAE last month.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi will this week visit Saudi Arabia — a sign of the growing relationship between the two countries and between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) bloc and Iraq. During his visit to Riyadh, the prime minister is scheduled to meet GCC officials.
As ISIS fighters try to defend Baghouz, their last enclave in eastern Syria, it is important to heed the warnings of top military commanders that the fight against the terror group is not going to be over any time soon.
The world has averted an all-out war over Kashmir between India and Pakistan, but probably not for long, judging by the past. For a few days last week, it appeared as if the two nuclear nations were on a collision course.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that Hezbollah “has active cells” in Venezuela, adding that it and Iran are “impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech at the American University in Cairo last week was clearly meant as an antidote to Barack Obama’s regional policy, or lack thereof. Pompeo openly repudiated much of the previous administration’s initiatives, in particular those related to Iran.