Secretary Pompeo traveled to Bratislava, Slovakia, on February 12 -- the second stop in a five-day trip to Europe that started with a visit to Budapest and will include subsequent visits to Warsaw, Brussels, and Reykjavik.
In Slovakia, Secretary Pompeo met with President Kiska, Prime Minister Pellegrini, and Foreign Minister Lajcak to discuss the U.S.-Slovak security relationship, Slovakia’s role as Chair-in-Office of the OSCE, and regional and global issues.
Met Slovak President @Andrej_Kiska and discussed the strong friendship between our countries. #Slovakia has made remarkable democratic and economic progress since 1989 and we are proud to stand together as #FriendsPartnersAllies. pic.twitter.com/nd3QNulni4— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 12, 2019
Today I thanked PM Peter Pellegrini for Slovakia’s determination to fulfill @NATO Wales Summit commitments, prioritization of military modernization, and our shared commitment to democratic values. The U.S. and Slovakia are stronger together. pic.twitter.com/wRKvMmfXat— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 12, 2019
Today @MiroslavLajcak and I discussed regional security challenges, shared democratic values, shared commitments to @NATO, and our mutual determination to end the ongoing crisis in #Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/DSriVOTuIY— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 12, 2019
Secretary Pompeo visited the Gate of Freedom memorial, where more than 400 people died attempting to escape from communist Czechoslovakia to freedom in Austria between 1948 and 1989.
Visiting the Gate of Freedom today flooded me with memories of serving in the shadow of the Iron Curtain. Many perished trying to break free, including more than 400 men & women who died trying to escape communist Czechoslovakia. 30 years later #WeRemember their #CourageToBeFree. pic.twitter.com/S9BX6ryEoE— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 12, 2019
The Secretary also spoke with students about the legacy of Western democratic freedom and its triumph over Communism 30 years ago.
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