Washington, November 19 Recently, the US Secretary of State Pompeo is really not idle. From Europe to the Middle East, he is embarking on intensive visits to seven countries for ten days. Some foreign media referred to this “long-distance trip” as a “farewell trip.” There is indeed no lack of “ulterior motives” arrangements in the itinerary, but the effect is?
In France, the enthusiastic “Twitter diplomacy” was cold and embarrassed; in Turkey, it was embarrassing that he did not see a government official on a visit, Some analysts pointed out that Pompeo’s overseas visits in the name of serving American diplomacy were using his own “political calculation.”
Pompeo Visit France : Have been ignored ?
For Pompeo’s visit in France, the adjectives given by the media were “low-key” and “zero welcome ceremony.” The report also stated that the French side classified the visit as a “courtesy visit” and did not arrange a press conference.
French Foreign Minister Le Drian did not even invite Pompeo to meet in his office as usual.
However, the most embarrassing scene occurred on the social media Twitter that Pompeo paid special attention to.
After meeting with French Presidents Macron and Le Drian, and when he left France, Pompeo sent three enthusiastic tweets, praising French relations, and MAC Long and Le Drian.
However, not only did the two official accounts by @ not respond to Pompeo, they did not even mention Pompeo’s visit. The account of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs also has no “meaning” in a picture.
This is not over yet. About two hours after being @ by Pompeo, Le Drian posted a tweet @Biden and Harris, saying that he would “rethink transatlantic relations”.
Pompeo Visit Turkey :
Suggest that the United States “look in the mirror”
U.S.-Turkey relations have been stumbling. Turkey’s recent test-fire of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system has been condemned by the United States. In addition, the two countries have also been at odds over issues such as Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean. Pompeo “go” knowingly, of course unavoidable embarrassment.
According to reports, Pompeo only met with Orthodox leaders in Istanbul during his stay in Turkey, and did not meet with Turkish government officials. In this regard, the reason given by the US State Department is that “the schedule of the two parties does not match.”
Bloomberg quoted a Turkish diplomat as saying that Pompeo refused to go to Ankara, the Turkish capital, to meet with the Turkish Foreign Minister. Instead, he asked the Turkish Foreign Minister to go to Istanbul. This behavior caused dissatisfaction with the Turkish side.
Regardless of whether the “itinerary is wrong” or “the guest is deceiving the host” is somewhat true or false, but before Pompeo’s visit, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement criticizing Pompeo for using the opportunity of the trip to discuss the so-called ” Turkey’s “religious issues” arrangement suggests that the United States “look in the mirror” and pay more attention to issues such as racism and hate crimes in the United States.
Pompeo Visit Israel
Ignore the dispute and have another idea
In addition to embarrassment, there is controversy.
According to US media reports, Pompeo plans to travel to the Golan Heights and Jewish settlements in the West Bank during his stay in Israel. This will be the first visit by the US Secretary of State to these two regions.
Israel occupied the Golan Heights and the West Bank in the Third Middle East War in 1967. In March 2019, Trump signed an announcement recognizing Israel’s “sovereignty” over the Golan Heights.
On November 18 of the same year, Pompeo stated that the US government no longer regards Israeli Jewish settlements in the West Bank as “inconsistent with international law.” These actions have been condemned by many countries and international organizations.
Some analysts pointed out that Pompeo deliberately arranged a controversial itinerary during his visits to Turkey and Israel. The main purpose is to cater to the conservative Christian forces in the United States, and to look for opportunities to gain political capital to prepare for the “political future” after retiring as Secretary of State. .