Secretary Pompeo Travels to NATO Foreign Ministerial and the Middle East

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reads aboard his plane after departing Tel Aviv, Israel, on April 29, 2018, during his first trip as Secretary of State. The Secretary traveled to Brussels, Belgium; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Tel Aviv Israel; and Amman, Jor
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reads aboard his plane after departing Tel Aviv, Israel, on April 29, 2018, during his first trip as Secretary of State.

Secretary Pompeo Travels to NATO Foreign Ministerial and the Middle East

On April 26,  Mike Pompeo was confirmed and sworn in as Secretary of State. Just hours after his confirmation, he boarded a plane to embark on his first trip as Secretary of State. Secretary of State Pompeo traveled to Brussels, April 26 through April 27, and then to the Middle East to visit Riyadh, Tel Aviv, and Amman through April 30.

Brussels, Belgium

On April 27, in Brussels, the Secretary Pompeo met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and met with NATO allies discussed issues of mutual interest and preparations for July’s NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government meeting. The NATO foreign ministers met to discuss Russian aggression,  the situation in Syria, and increasing the organizations role in the fight against terrorism.

The Secretary also emphasized the importance of NATO partners meeting their financial commitments saying, “Our collective defense demands greater burden sharing. European nations must bear the necessary responsibilities for their security, and make the case to their fellow citizens why it is critical to fulfill their obligations on defense spending.” On

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

On April 28, in Riyadh, Secretary Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The Secretary also met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, in Riyadh, to underscore the importance of the United States’ strong relationship with Saudi Arabia. In remarks at a press availability with the Foreign Minister, he made clear that the United States will continue to work with Saudi Arabia to counter threats to its security, including addressing Iran’s destabilizing behavior, Yemen, and countering terrorist threats in the region.

While in Saudi Arabia, the Secretary Spoke with reporter Jon Karl about the Korean Peace Agreement, denuclearization of Korean Peninsula, and plans for the U.S.-NorthKorea Summit. Their conversation appeared on ABC’s "This Week" on April 29.

Tel Aviv, Israel

In Tel Aviv, on April 28, the Secretary met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In joint remarks following their meeting the Secretary reiterated the United States’ commitment to achieving a lasting and comprehensive peace that offers a brighter future for both Israel and the Palestinians.

In his remarks with Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Secretary also commented on the regional and global threats posed by Iran as well as the United States' strategy in Syria.

Amman, Jordan

On April 30, in Amman, Secretary Pompeo met with Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein to discuss a range of regional challenges and mutual interests.

Secretary Pompo also met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi. In joint remarks with the Foreign Minister, the Secretary underscored the United States’ commitment to preserving our strong relationship and to strengthening America's longstanding support for Jordan. The Secretary also commented on Iran, the situation in Syria and thanked Jordan for its support to those displaced by the ongoing Syrian conflict.

While in Amman, the Secretary also met with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to discuss the denuclearization of North Korea.

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