Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Rovaniemi, Finland; Berlin, Germany; London, UK; and Nuuk, Greenland, May 5-9.
On May 6, the Secretary will arrive in Rovaniemi, Finland, where he will participate in the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council. The United States has been a strong supporter of the Arctic Council, which is the premier international forum for building consensus to support peace and cooperation in the Arctic region and is composed of all eight nations ( United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, and Sweden) that have territories above the Arctic Circle.
In Finland, the Secretary also will deliver a speech on U.S. Arctic policy where he will explain that the United States' main goal in the Arctic is to promote economic growth and good stewardship of the environment while ensuring the Arctic remains stable and free from conflict. In this speech, the Secretary will reiterare that the Arctic Council is the premier forum for discussing matters of Arctic governance and emphasize that the international forum operates based on consensus, echoing the peaceful and cooperative nature of the region.
On May 7, Secretary Pompeo will travel to Berlin, where he will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Maas to discuss issues of mutual concern, such as Ukraine, Russia, China, Syria, and the Western Balkans.
The Secretary's visit to London, on May 8, precedes President Trump's upcoming State Visit to the United Kingdom and is particularly poignant as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the approaching 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Secretary Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to discuss the full range of our bilateral cooperation including robust economic and trade relations, the global issues of shared concern like Russia’s activities, Yemen, Iran, foreign terrorist fighters.
In London, Secretary Pompeo will deliver this year’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture at the Center for Policy Studies, where he will discuss the Special Relationship that binds the United States and the United Kingdom and how this relationship has contributed to the prosperity, security, and freedom of both countries and our people.
On May 9, in Nuuk, Greenland, the Secretary will meet with Greenlandic Premier Kim Kielsen, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, and Greenlandic Foreign Minister Ane Lone Bagger. They will discuss shared priorities in the Arctic and opportunities for expanded engagement with Greenland. Secretary Pompeo will also visit Kangerlussuaq to meet members of the New York Air National Guard who provide vital support for international Arctic research.
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