Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State for both President Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, likened President Donald Trump’s Middle East diplomatic success to the opening of the country. Nixon’s China in 1972.He also warned that the United States should continue to pursue a tough Trump policy against Iran.
“I think one of the great successes of the previous rule was that they had lined up that they achieved two things in the Middle East, one to separate the Palestinian problem from all other problems, so as not to It turned out to be a deterrent above all – and second, true or possibly Sunni unionism in the Shia state, Iran, ”he said.
Kissinger, speaking at the start of the foreign-negotiations Nixon Conference sponsored by the Nixon Foundation, called the Trump administration̵7;s Abraham Accords as a breakthrough in Arab-Israeli relations. Diplomatic relations between several Gulf states and Israel, including Morocco and Sudan, open economic, social and cultural ties between the Arab world and the Jewish states. The connection also strengthened the defense of the Gulf and Israeli states against Iran.
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“This is a great idea, we are just in the beginning, it’s like the beginning of the opening of China, its evolution has just begun,” he said.
Among the attendees were former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and other Trump administration officials Mike Gallagher, a Republican member of Congress. The Wisconsin Republican, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, also joined.
Pompeo likens President Trump’s approach to foreign affairs with President Nixon as more people are willing to consider her unorthodox approach to foreign policy.
“This is the president with a unique kind of foreign policy issue,” he said of Trump. “I want to make sure that the seniors, at least I bring in the team, understand the environment we are going to have. It works and how we can effectively implement President Trump’s foreign policy, so I want to make sure – as we know Washington is occupied by many and many ego. But there are also people who are prepared to make sure they work as part of the team that President Trump wants to hand over the foreign policy he has put forward. For the American people ”
Kissinger said Trump’s progress with Israel and the Gulf states should not be diluted when the United States contacts Iran prematurely. He warned Biden’s administration indirectly about that possibility and said the United States should not make a concession to Tehran.
“We should not succumb to the pressure on Iran until we know where they are headed,” he warned. “If we separate Iran from the Middle East as a whole, we risk losing success. Both are the separation of the Palestinian issue, which will be removed, among other things, and Sunni’s cooperation with Israel, which Is remarkable in openness ”
“Remember, you have to make peace with American diplomacy,” he warned. “This is our way back then.”
He also advised the American administration to never betray the Allies.
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“When we talked about Nixon, we developed a principle of great importance: We will not sell to people dependent on America who are committed to protecting their freedom. Last time ”
He also said that Nixon’s legacy was his lasting impact on the international arena.
“Later on, it will be fully understood to the extent that he has applied the principles of geopolitical foreign policy in the work of our government, and that will be his great contribution. Do it for the specific issues that he handled. ”
The Nixon Seminar will be held on the first Tuesday of every month and available at: Nixonseminar.com. It is part of the Richard M. Nixon Foundation Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California at Nixonfoundation.org
Ben Evansky contributed to this report.