Mike Pompeo says that Iran is the common villain in protests in the Middle East

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State of the United States Mike Pompeo He said Monday that Iran was the factor that joined the protests in the Middle East, and said protesters in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran opposed the clerical regime.

While recognizing various local reasons for the riots that have swept the Middle East and other regions, Pompeo pointed a finger at Iran, considered by the president as an arch enemy. Donald Trump of the administration.

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdel Mahdi, resigned because people demanded freedom and the security forces had killed dozens and dozens of people. That is due in large part to Iranian influence, Pompeo said.

The same is true in Lebanon, protests in Beirut, he said at the University of Louisville.

They want Hezbollah and Iran outside its country, outside its system as a violent and repressive force, he said.

He said the protests inside Iran, which International Amnesty He claims to have killed more than 200 people - he showed that the Iranians were also fed up. Come to one who is stealing money, the Ayatollahs steal tens and tens of millions of dollars, he said.

In both Iraq and Lebanon, protesters have mainly called for an end to corruption, greater efforts to create jobs and a restructuring of the political system.

In Iraq, Abdel Mahdi had close ties with Iran, mostly Shiite, but he also received support from the United States. Protesters set fire to the Iranian consulate last week.

In Lebanon, the United States has been seeking to isolate Hezbollah , the Shiite, pro-Iranian militant movement that is also a political party with berths in the previous government.

The Trump administration, which has close ties with the adversaries of Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel, has given priority to curbing Tehran's regional influence, including through the imposition of radical sanctions.