Secretary Pompeo remarks on the “Middle East Peace and Security”


SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you. Good afternoon, and thank you, Mr. President,
and thank you, Ms. Viotti for your briefings. I also want to thank our Polish friends for
using this council presidency to confront the complex challenges in the Middle East. As I argued in January of this year in Cairo,
the Trump administration is reviving America’s leadership role in the region by building
and supporting coalitions to tackle regional challenges. These aren’t talkfests; we care about outcomes,
not gestures. And we should consider what’s been accomplished
in just seven months. We helped dismantle ISIS’s physical caliphate
and we continue to work with 79 partners in the defeat ISIS coalition to help the region
recover from that menace. We’re working closely with the UN Special
Envoy Martin Griffiths to help bring peace to Yemen. We’re facilitating new links between Israel
and her Arab neighbors through the Warsaw ministerial and follow-on meetings that the
president just discussed. We organized the Bahrain workshop in June
to bring together government, private sector, and civilian leaders to help improve the lives
of the Palestinians. We hosted the second ever Ministerial to Advance
Religious Freedom last month. Protecting religious minorities in the Middle
East was the centerpiece of that event. And most recently, the United States launched
our effort to protect international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. We welcomed the United Kingdom and Bahrain
as partners, and look forward to other nations joining this mission to protect freedom of
the seas. These are precisely the kinds of multilateral
efforts the United States supports. They’re meaningful, they’re effective,
and they reflect the values of freedom-loving societies which this council should be working
to uphold. But now is our opportunity to do more. Just look at the challenges facing the region. Conflict in Libya still rages. More than five and a half million Syrian refugees,
and nearly six million internally displaced Syrians have yet to return to their homes
because of continuing violence. The GCC rift has not fully healed. Many countries fail to honor their people’s
basic human rights. And radical Islamist terrorists and their
financial benefactors are looking for new weaknesses to exploit. And of course, the Islamic Republic of Iran
and its proxies continue to foment terror and unrest in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen
with devastating humanitarian consequences. Since the United States declared our intention
to bring all Iranian oil purchases to zero in April, the ayatollah has gone all in on
a campaign of extortion diplomacy. Here’s just a short list of what the regime
has done since July: On July 1st, Iran surpassed its 300-kilogram limit on its low-enriched
uranium stockpile in defiance of its nuclear commitments. On July 2nd, the Iran-backed Houthis attacked
Abha Airport in Saudi Arabia, and they’ve continued to do so since that time. On July 8th, Iran reached levels of enrichment
of about four and a half percent, breaching its nuclear commitments, which cap enrichment
at 3.67 percent. Iran continues to threaten further expansions
of its nuclear program in defiance of its international commitments. On July 10th, the IRGC navy unsuccessfully
attempted to seize a UK tanker as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz. On July 14th, the IRGC navy seized a Panamanian
flagged, UAE-owned tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. On July 19th, the IRGC navy seized a British
tanker, the Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz. And Iran continues to detain that ship and
its crew. On July 19th, the IRGC navy also seized the
Liberian flagged, British-owned tanker Mesdar. On July 25th, Iran test-fired a ballistic
missile in defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2231. And on another Iran-related note, we are already
tracking very closely the JCPOA provisions expiring in October of 2020, namely the UN
arms embargo and the travel restrictions on Qasem Soleimani. The whole world is able to track them, too. We now have a countdown clock on the State
Department’s Iran webpage. Time is drawing short to continue this activity
of restricting Iran’s capacity to foment its terror regime. The international community will have plenty
of time to see how long it has until Iran is unshackled to create new turmoil, and figure
out what it must do to prevent this from happening. Clearly, from Aleppo to Aden, from Tripoli
to Tehran, greater cooperation in the Middle East is needed more than ever. We need fresh thinking to solve old problems. That’s why Poland and the United States
have created the Warsaw Process and its working groups, which were recently announced. The Warsaw Process is the product of this
year’s Warsaw Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East. The creation of the working groups is another
iteration of the United States mission to take on Middle East challenges with our friends,
allies, and partners. The seven new working groups will focus on
cybersecurity, human rights, maritime and aviation security, energy security, missile
proliferation, counterterrorism, and humanitarian issues and refugees. We call for all nations which have been invited
to attend the initial meetings of the first five of those groups this fall, and we express
our gratitude to Bahrain, Romania, and South Korea for joining Poland and the United States
in hosting them. No one country will be the subject of these
discussions. All nations will be heard and all voices will
be respected. And we continue to work through the Warsaw
Process – as we continue to work through the Warsaw Process, we will look to reconvene
nations in 2020 for a follow-up to the Warsaw ministerial. I hope that you all will be there. Thank you, Mr. President.

23 thoughts on “Secretary Pompeo remarks on the “Middle East Peace and Security”

  1. Pompeo is a war criminal and should be brought before the court the Hague for crimes against humanity for killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan whilst he was head of the CIA when Afghanistan citizens were being tortured by Americans

  2. Its the Russian and Bashar Al Assad army who defeated ISIS, the American government and the israelie jews sold weapons to the THERRORIST for 8 years, the USA was the problem not the solution in SYRIA, and the USA continues to protect THERRORIST in SYRIA

  3. Pompeo lies about IRAN, the USA and israel are therrorist GOVERNMENTS, they are the one's putting sanction's on Venezuela and iran and Cuba waging an economic war, the USA is a rogue state under TRUMP,

  4. amó a los estados unidos de norteamérica♥️♥️💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐♥️♥️♥️💌♥️♥️♥️♥️🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷💌💌♥️💐💐💐💐💐♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐♥️🇱🇷♥️💐💐

  5. 446 – 449

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_problem ————————————________________————–

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volatility,_uncertainty,_complexity_and_ambiguity ________________————–

  6. Now, then I know why put IRGC as terrorist organisation, so time to smash them, no need to wait for international support, just smoke them, Iranians are suffering enough. God bless U.S new administration.

  7. IN THE NEXT FEW DECADES, ANY NATION WHICH WILL COLLABORATE WITH USA, WILL LOOSE EVERYTHING, MANY OF THOSE NATIONS DISAPPEARING FOREVER.

  8. Please do not stop pressuring the lslamic Republic until the whole regime have effectively collapsed since the Iranian people need the US government's assistance to overthrow the Islamic Republic.

    Thanks a lot for backing the Iranian people!

  9. "For The wages of SIN is DEATH But The Gift Of GOD Is Eternal Life In CHRIST JESUS our LORD our SAVIOUR!" Amen And Amen! Romans 6:23 www.gty.org

  10. Yeah right start a war in the name of peace and human rights and murder millions of innocent civilians in the process, IRIR is doing it without your "Help" Right?

  11. Israel welcomes Paraguay's official presidential order designating Hezbollah & Hamas' armed militias along with ISIS & Al Qaeda as international terrorist organizations.

    This is another important step in the battle against global terrorism. More countries should follow-suit.

  12. meps me piss & shit great things and in my septic tank i store golden scoops of 2 flavors. im selling them if youd like some gold to keep in your vaults. the federal reserve belongs to me. and fort knox isn't just in me its in my tank and flows out my leach lines. and ill never let it be stolen but for the right price from my septic you can dine. pull up your chair and table . grab your spoons. California gold comes with my poops.

  13. POLAND hold the line – this man will send the Bolshivk's right back at you! Hey, Mikey…Got your Mossad handler right behind you? He frowns when you speak his enemies name. You helped no Palestinian, Mike! Israel wants them dead and you know this! Sad. Iran isn't doing diddly to the International Community and Israel is gonna push America thru you to harm ever more true Persians!

    'We lie. We cheat We Kill for Israel!' ain't that right Mike? Warsaw Ghetto America? While Israel makes the World Homeless!

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