Secretary Pompeo Travels to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, India, Japan, and South Korea

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo briefs press and takes questions about the upcoming trip prior to departing for Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2019.
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo briefs press and takes questions about the upcoming trip prior to departing for Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2019.

Secretary Pompeo Travels to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, India, Japan, and South Korea

Secretary Pompeo traveled to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, India, Japan, and the Republic of Korea June 23-30 to discuss issues of regional and mutual concern, and to broaden and deepen our partnerships with key countries to advance our shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. On June 23, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks to the press ahead of his trip.

On June 24, in Jeddah, Secretary Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to discuss ways to counter the malign Iranian influence in the region.

On June 24, in Abu Dhabi, Secretary Pompeo met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss heightened tensions in the region and the need to support maritime security.

In Kabul, on June 25, Secretary Pompeo met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, former President Karzai, and others including representatives from opposition parties and civil society, to discuss next steps in the Afghan Peace Process. The Secretary delivered remarks to the press in Kabul, underscoring the commitment of the Trump administration and the American people to Afghanistan.

In New Delhi, on June 26, Secretary Pompeo met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar to discuss our ambitious agenda for the U.S.-India strategic partnership. 

On June 27, Secretary Pompeo traveled to Osaka to participate in the G-20 Leaders’ Summit, the first such gathering hosted by Japan. 

On the margins of the Summit, Secretary Pompeo joined President Trump in a meeting with Prime Minister Abe to coordinate on the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea and to discuss ways to strengthen trilateral cooperation with the Republic of Korea on our unified approach toward the DPRK and other shared challenges. Secretary Pompeo also met with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Osaka, where he underscored the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Following the G-20, Secretary Pompeo accompanied President Trump to the Republic of Korea to meet with President Moon Jae-in. The two leaders discussed ways to strengthen the United States-Republic of Korea alliance.

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