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MANAMA | The us secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived on Friday to Bahrain, in the first stage of a tour in the pétromonarchies of the Gulf, has found an AFP journalist.
According to a spokesman for the State department, partnerships with these arab countries is essential for the protection of the world’s energy supply, the fight against “terrorism islamic radical” and the decline of “the aggression of iran”.
In Bahrain, headquarters of the Fifth Fleet of the United States, Mr. Pompeo must have a working luncheon with king Hamad, crown prince Salman and his counterpart, sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, according to its program.
Bahrain is an “ardent support” to counter “the malicious efforts of Iran” in the region, said the spokesman of the State department.
Just before the arrival of the head of the american diplomacy, the Bahraini authorities have rejected a call for the UN to release a defender of Human rights and opposition activist, Nabil Rajab sentenced for a tweet denouncing the war in Yemen, and alleged cases of torture in prisons bahreinies.
It is not known if Mr. Pompeo will discuss the human rights situation in the monarchy during his visit.
Before the Gulf, the head of american diplomacy visited Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.
After Bahrain, it will go to the united arab Emirates, Qatar, saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait, all of which are part of the Gulf cooperation Council (GCC).
“A CGC kingdom is the backbone” of regional security, and is “essential to counter the greatest threat” to regional stability: “the iranian regime,” said a spokesman for the u.s. while the United States will continue to designate Iran as the common enemy.
Iran is the great rival regional of saudi Arabia, a close ally of the United States.
Created in 1981, the GCC is seriously undermined since 2017 by a severe diplomatic crisis internal.
Three of its members, saudi Arabia, the united arab Emirates and Bahrain, have broken off their diplomatic relations with Qatar and have imposed an arms embargo accusing it of supporting extremist groups and get closer to Iran.
Qatar refutes categorically support of extremist movements, claiming that his opponents seek to put its foreign policy under guardianship.
Kuwait, and the United States have tried several mediations that did not result so far.
In the Gulf, Mr. Pompeo will talk about also of the war in Yemen and the humanitarian crisis which he attributed the responsibility “for the rebels Houthis supported by Iran”, as well as the peace process interyéménite initiated last month in Sweden, according to a spokesman for the american.