BEIRUT: U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo maintained Thursday that his government won't accept Hezbollah's major presence in Lebanon becoming the status quo.
Speaking from Cairo, where he met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, Pompeo also criticized the way Obama handled the Iranian-backed militant group.
Hezbollah has made major gains in Lebanon and the region, both politically and militarily. This has put Lebanon in an awkward position as Iran and Saudi Arabia fight for increased influence in the small Mediterranean country.
He said the former U.S president ignored the growth of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement in Lebanon to the detriment of Israel's security and not doing enough to push back on Iran-supported rebels in Yemen.
Since Trump's election, however, Pompeo claimed this was all changing.
He then described the U.S as a "force for good," saying that chaos ensues when they "retreat."
Pompeo's comments were then ridiculed by Iran's foreign minister, who took to Twitter to assert that the opposite was true.
"Whenever/wherever U.S interferes, chaos, repression and resentment follow," Mohammad Javad Zarif said.
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