Kerry Euro-Asia agenda: UAE paper

John Kerry is in the midst of articulating his convincing skills. His 10-day sojourn to capitals in Europe and Asia is an endeavour to sell America's soft power, and the US secretary of state has rightfully put Turkey and Israel in focus.

A fortnight after clinching a deal in the form of reconciliation between Ankara and Tel Aviv, Washington is now eager to cement their relationship, and ensure that in an era of upheavals these two strategically important states do not fall out in bad blood.

"The US believes that Syria is an issue that should enable Arab allies and Israel to mend their fences, and make a concerted effort to strengthen peace and security," opined English language local daily, Khaleej Times, in its editorial on Monday.

It added that the concept also flows from the fact that Washington has made it part of its global agenda not to be part of any more wars, especially in the Middle East. "The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan by next year-end and the hands off policy that it has maintained in case of Libya, Syria and Yemen is testimony to the fact that the White House is more for escorting its allies than bullying them in another undesired conflict." The paper underlined that the same is Kerry's agenda as he tours Europe and talks at length over the deferred missile defence installation systems, and the thaw that Washington had attained with Moscow. Perhaps the US has more to ponder in Europe in the form of ailing economies and their downturn, and what amount of US stimulus can help them come out of the woods.

While Kerry will be discussing Syrian crisis with his hosts in Europe and Asia, it continued, he has to make a consolidated effort to kick-start the Middle East peace process. Nothing substantial in this regard could be achieved during the first-term of President Barack Obama owing to Israeli intransigence and the subsequent playing to the gallery by the State Department.

"Kerry as an honest broker should focus more on flashpoints: whether that be the Palestinian-Israeli imbroglio, the mess in Syria or war hysteria on the Korean peninsula. He has to spell out the priorities and limitations without mincing many words," the paper concludes.