Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Pompeo cancels Germany visit due to 'pressing issues'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boards a plane as departs Finland after speaking in an Arctic Council meeting and after abruptly cancelling a visit to Germany Pompeo snubs meeting Merkel & Maas citing unknown ‘pressing issues’
Patty Aguilar | 09 May, 2019, 19:31

Meeting with Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Pompeo said he discussed "the importance of Iraq ensuring that it's able to adequately protect Americans in their country", AFP reported.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled a visit to Germany on Tuesday, just hours before he was due to arrive in Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The U.S. State Department says a planned meeting between U.S.

The State Department did not elaborate on the nature of the issues but said the "important set of meetings" will be rescheduled and Pompeo "looks forward to being in Berlin soon".

But according to a German source who spoke to Reuters, the USA administration cited "international security issues".

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National news agency DPA said that Pompeo's cancellation "fits into the rather desolate picture" of the relationship.

The secretary, who was in the midst of an oversees trip, was due to meet Tuesday with Merkel and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas about "issues of mutual concern", including Russia, China and Syria, according to the State Department.

On Monday (6 May), Pompeo's visit to Europe started with his attendance of the Ministerial meeting of the Arctivc Council in Rovaniemi, Finland, where he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Pompeo is also due to give a speech on the special relationship between the U.S. and the UK.

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