Pompeo On Trip To Europe, Middle East Discuss Iran’ Threats’

ICBPS– U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Paris Saturday, his first stop on a 10-day, that will talk on counterterrorism and religious freedom.

In the first step of the seven-nation trip to Europe and the Middle East, Pompeo was to meet with President Emmanuel Macron, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, and other officials “to build on our transatlantic work on economic and security matters, and on counterterrorism and global threats.”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Paris Saturday, his first stop on a 10-day, that will focus on counterterrorism and religious freedom.

In the first step of the seven-nation trip to Europe and the Middle East, Pompeo was to meet with President Emmanuel Macron, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, and other officials “to build on our transatlantic work on economic and security matters, and on counterterrorism and global threats.” 

Pompeo will discuss the situation around Iran with his counterparts and officials.

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Pompeo will participate in a wreath laying ceremony to honor the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in France, according to a senior State Department official.

Next, he will travel to Istanbul, Turkey to meet with Eastern Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomew to “discuss religious issues in Turkey and the region and to promote our strong stance on religious freedom around the world.” 

Pompeo will not be meeting with any Turkish government officials while in Istanbul, reported VOA.

From there, Pompeo will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia, where he will meet with officials to underscore U.S. support for the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and to urge more democratic reforms. He will also meet with Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church Ilia, the report added.

From Georgia, Pompeo will head to Israel for meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two will discuss the Abraham Accords, which normalized relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and led to normalization with other Arab countries. Pompeo and Netanyahu are also expected to discuss joint efforts to counter Iran.

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Pompeo will then travel to the UAE, where he will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed “to discuss security cooperation and regional issues.”

Next, he will go to Qatar to meet with the emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani “to discuss bilateral and regional issues, including the importance of Gulf unity.”

The last stop is scheduled to be in Saudi Arabia, where Pompeo will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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