Secretary Pompeo Travels to Poland, Participates in Warsaw Summit

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U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivers remarks at the Opening Plenary of the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East, in Warsaw, Poland on February 14, 2019.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivers remarks at the Opening Plenary of the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East, in Warsaw, Poland on February 14, 2019.

Secretary Pompeo Travels to Poland, Participates in Warsaw Summit

On February 12, Secretary Pompeo traveled to Warsaw, Poland --  the third stop in a five-day trip to Europe that started with a visit to Budapest and Bratislava. The trip will also include visits to Brussels and Reykjavik. 

On February 13, he met with Foreign Minister Czaputowicz to discuss security and energy issues, building on the strong relations between the United States and Poland. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Czaputowics co-authored an opinion piece thast appeared on CNN underscoring "Our New Solidarity."

The Secretaty also visited Bemowo Piskie Training Area and met with American, British, Croatian, Polish, and Romanian troops serving alongside one another in support of NATO.

On February 14, the Secretary participated in a Quad meeting on the situation in Yemen along with Foreign Ministers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom.

On February 14, the United States and Poland convened the "Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East", also known as the Warsaw Summit. The participants discussed how terrorism, proliferation, and the escalation of conflicts in the Middle East pose a threat to regional and international peace and security. 

In opening remarks, Secretary Pompeo underscored the significance of the each nation, NATO, and the EU convening for this ministerial to discuss the real threats to our respective peoples emanating from the Middle East. Secretary Pompeo noted that the United States organized this meeting because it seeks a new era of cooperation between all of our countries on how to confront these issues.

Secretary Pompeo emphasized that while the discussions at the ministerial are important, these talks can't be the end. He stated, "We need action. Syria, Yemen, proliferation, the peace process, terrorism, Iran, cybersecurity, the humanitarian crises – none of the region’s challenges will solve themselves. We must work together for security. No country can afford to remain on the sidelines, so allow today to be the start of our conversation."

Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Poland to lead the U.S. delegation to the Warsaw Summit on February 14. In his remarks, he underscored the importance of the nations and organizations who gathered for the summit coming together to address the common threats we face.

Vice President Pence underscored that the greatest threat to peace and security in the Middle East is Iran and called on European nations to withdraw from the Iran deal and support the United States pressure campaign on the regime.

Following the Warsaw Summit the United States and Poland released a joint statement including the announcement of the establishment of international working groups that will drive momentum toward concrete solutions in the areas of counterterroism and illicit finance; missile proliferation; maritime and aviation security; cybersecurity; energy security; humanitarian issues and refugees; and wrongful detainees and human rights. These groups plan to convene at the working level in countries around the world to advance the international community’s shared interests in promoting peace and security in the region.

The Secretary met with global leaders on the margins of Warsaw Summit, including Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuAustrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

The Secretary participated in a press availability with Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.

Keep up with the Secretary's trip on Twitter by following @SecPompeo and @StateDept.

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