In a series of foreign policy activities, President Donald Trump’s government entered his last week of office, despite the chaos in the capital, the president may face impeachment and widespread criticism at home.
This week, the government appointed Cuba as the national sponsor of terrorism and the Yemeni Houthis as a terrorist organization. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also lifted official contact restrictions between US officials and Taiwanese officials this weekend, and on Tuesday accused Iran of becoming a new “base” for al Qaeda terrorist organizations.
The cascade of development has angered America’s allies and enemies, who are waiting for Trump’s departure and preparing for the new administration led by President-elect Biden. But Trump̵
An unnamed U.S. official and Foreign policy Describe these actions as “fire-sale diplomacy.”
The announcement on Sunday that the Houthi movement supported by Iran (officially known as Ansar Allah) as a terrorist organization has aroused domestic and international attention to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, where, after years of war, More than ten million people are on the brink of famine, according to the United Nations.
The European Union statement stated that the decision to blacklist Houthis “risks making the UN-led efforts to resolve the conflict in Yemen more difficult.”
The statement said that the US move “will make the necessary diplomatic contacts with Ansar Allah and the international community’s work on political, humanitarian and development issues more complicated.”
The statement said that the humanitarian situation is particularly urgent. “This appointment is likely to have a devastating impact on the delivery of humanitarian assistance provided by the international community and further exacerbate the economic crisis caused by more than five years of conflict.”
International aid organizations also expressed frustration. The Norwegian Refugee Council said that the decision will “limit the response capabilities of aid agencies. Without other safeguards and broader exemptions for the commercial sector, Yemen’s faltering economy will be further devastating.”
Cuba joined the list of “state sponsors of terrorism” on Monday, and joined Syria, Iran and North Korea. The Trump administration has been evading relations with Cuba and eliminating the bilateral thaw under President Barack Obama’s leadership. This has greatly frustrated the liberals in the United States and the EU’s allies, the latter in 2017 Celebrated the landmark transaction with Cuba.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez regarded the decision as “political opportunism” and it “will be recognized by those who sincerely care about the scourge of terrorism and its victims.”
Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement that he was “angry” about the appointment, especially shortly after the uprising and onslaught on the Capitol in Washington, DC last week. .
Meeks said: “It is vital that the list of “national sponsors of terrorism” is used wisely to maintain its seriousness and integrity, and unless a country meets legal standards, a country must never be added to the list. “I urge the president-elect Biden to add today’s failed reversal of foreign policy to his long-term’do’ list when his office. “
Pompeo later told reporters on Wednesday that Iran had become a new “base” for al Qaeda, claiming that the terrorist organization had taken root in Tehran and allowing the regime to carry out activities in Tehran. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif dismissed these allegations as “seditious lies.”
Pompeo confirmed that Abu Muhammad al-Masri, a senior al-Qaeda commander, was killed in Tehran in August-reportedly by Israeli agents who obtained residency and protection in the Iranian regime .
But Pompeo did not provide any important new evidence that Al Qaeda has transferred its main operations to Iran, even if some of its members live in Iran. The organization still occupies an important position in Syria’s Idlib province, Yemen and the Sahel region of North Africa. The area continues to maintain its territory and conduct armed operations. This is not the case in Iran.
Pompeo’s claims were met with skepticism, and, like the expanded sanctions on Iran’s targets and the military posture in the Persian Gulf, its appearance undermined Biden’s expected efforts to rejoin Tehran at least to some extent.
Among those who rejected the allegations was Zamir Kabulov, a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who told Sputnik that these claims were “absolutely unfounded and unreasonable.” When asked if he saw any new evidence, Kabulov replied: “There is absolutely no information.”
Russia is a signatory to the “Joint Comprehensive Action Plan” nuclear agreement signed with Iran, and Trump withdrew from the plan in 2018. Together with other signatories China, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, Russia has consistently advocated the return of Iran and the United States to Iran. Comply with JCPOA.
Russia, China, and European parties have repeatedly criticized Trump and his aides’ “maximum pressure” strategy, which aims to disrupt the Iranian economy and isolate the regime in order to force negotiations for a new, more restrictive nuclear agreement.
The Trump administration has been unable to gain support from allies, and the United Nations has not supported the new sanctions on Iran related to Iran’s violation of the “JCPOA” and the extension of the arms embargo on Tehran. The Iranian regime celebrates the failure of the United States as a failure of the United States and proves the isolation of the Trump administration on the world stage.
On Saturday, the State Department lifted restrictions on official exchanges between American and Taiwanese officials, angering Beijing. Part of the US strategy to avoid provoking China while still maintaining contact with Taipei.
China considers Taiwan a wayward province and is committed to putting Taiwan under the control of the Chinese Communist Party, and will control it by force when necessary. The United States has long supported Taiwan through arms sales and military deployment, but it has not officially recognized this democratic island nation.
Pompeo said in a statement that the U.S. State Department has long “established complex internal restrictions to regulate the interaction of our diplomats, civil servants and other officials with Taiwanese colleagues.”
He added: “The US government unilaterally took these actions to appease the Communist regime in Beijing.” “No more.”
Chinese state media quickly accused Pompeo of “attempting maliciously to cause long-term scars in Sino-US relations.” A writer from the official Xinhua News Agency said on Sunday that Pompeo was “only interested in inciting unnecessary confrontation, not in world peace”.