Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Cyprus

12 Sep

Cale Brown, Deputy Spokesperson

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Cyprus on September 12. In Nicosia, he will meet with President Anastasiades and Foreign Minister Christodoulides to discuss continuing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean and deepening the U.S.-Republic of Cyprus bilateral relationship, as well as to affirm U.S. support for a comprehensive settlement to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation, which would benefit all Cypriots as well as the wider region.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Cyprus

12 Sep

Cale Brown, Deputy Spokesperson

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Cyprus on September 12. In Nicosia, he will meet with President Anastasiades and Foreign Minister Christodoulides to discuss continuing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean and deepening the U.S.-Republic of Cyprus bilateral relationship, as well as to affirm U.S. support for a comprehensive settlement to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation, which would benefit all Cypriots as well as the wider region.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, and Poland

6 Aug

Cale Brown, Deputy Spokesperson

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Prague and Pilsen, Czech Republic; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Vienna, Austria; and Warsaw, Poland August 11 to August 15.

While in Pilsen, Secretary Pompeo will join Foreign Minister Petricek to commemorate the liberation of Western Czechoslovakia by the U.S. Army in World War II.  In Prague, the Secretary will meet with Prime Minister Babis to discuss nuclear energy cooperation, the Three Seas Initiative, and efforts to counter malign actions of Russia and communist China.  He will also have a courtesy call with President Zeman.

In Ljubljana on August 13, Secretary Pompeo will meet with President Pahor and Prime Minister Jansa to discuss opportunities for closer cooperation between the United States and Slovenia in key areas of mutual concern, including nuclear energy and Western Balkan integration.  The Secretary will also join Prime Minister Jansa for remarks on 5G information security after signing a Joint Declaration on 5G technology with Foreign Minister Logar.

In Vienna on August 14, Secretary Pompeo will meet with Foreign Minister Schallenberg and Chancellor Kurz to discuss the U.S.-Austria Strategic Partnership, our strong and growing trade and investment relationship, and regional security issues.  The Secretary will also meet with IAEA Director General Grossi.

While in Warsaw on August 15, Secretary Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Morawiecki  and Foreign Minister Czaputowicz to discuss areas of strong U.S.-Poland cooperation, including deepening defense ties, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, securing 5G networks, and improving regional energy and infrastructure through the Three Seas Initiative.  The Secretary will also meet with President Duda.  The Secretary’s visit also commemorates the centennial of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces defeated the Bolsheviks.

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Killing of Tahir Naseem

30 Jul

Cale Brown, Deputy Spokesperson

We are shocked, saddened, and outraged that American citizen Tahir Naseem was killed yesterday inside a Pakistani courtroom.  Mr. Naseem had been lured to Pakistan from his home in Illinois by individuals who then used Pakistan’s blasphemy laws to entrap him.  The U.S. Government has been providing consular assistance to Mr. Naseem and his family since his detention in 2018 and has called the attention of senior Pakistani officials to his case to prevent the type of shameful tragedy that eventually occurred.  We grieve with the family of Mr. Naseem. We urge Pakistan to immediately reform its often abused blasphemy laws and its court system, which  allow such abuses to occur, and to ensure that the suspect is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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Osman Kavala Should be Released

27 Jul

Cale Brown, Deputy Spokesperson

As of this week, Turkish philanthropist and civil society leader Osman Kavala has spent 1,000 days in detention without being convicted of any crime. The United States underscores the importance of respecting international obligations and commitments. We call upon Turkey to comply with its own commitment to justice and rule of law and to release Osman Kavala from detention, while pursuing a just, transparent, and speedy resolution to his case.

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