Nov. 14 (UPI) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Paris Saturday for the primary cease on a deliberate seven-country tour.

Earlier this week the State Division introduced that Pompeo would go to France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. He is anticipated to return to the US on Nov. 23.

Among the many deliberate stops is the West Financial institution settlement. He’ll be the primary Secretary of State to go to one of many Israeli outposts thought-about unlawful underneath worldwide regulation.

Pompeo is anticipated to debate spiritual freedom with the chief of the Japanese Orthodox Church, however neither the nation’s president nor its international minister are planning to fulfill with him. The international ministry, as a substitute issued an announcement saying that “it might be extra appropriate for the US to first look within the mirror and present the requisite sensitivity in the direction of human rights violations within the nation akin to racism, Islamophobia and hate crimes.”

He is additionally anticipated to debate the significance of free and truthful elections in Georgia, whilst his boss continues to contest outcomes putting President-Elect Joe Biden effectively above the variety of electoral votes wanted for victory.

A number of international leaders, together with these within the international locations Pompeo is visiting, have prolonged their congratulations to Biden.

However President Donald Trump has refused to concede, and Pompeo stated Tuesday that there can be “a easy transition to a second Trump administration.”

Later that day, Pompeo appeared to stroll that again, saying, “Our adversaries ought to know that we’re prepared, we’re persevering with to work, we’ll work throughout January. After which on January 20th, we’ll have a transition, whether or not it is to a Trump administration – a second Trump administration as I spoke about right now – or to an administration led by former Vice President Biden.”

The Basic Companies Administration is liable for overseeing the presidential transition however has not but began the method. However Biden has been involved with a number of world leaders with out State Division oversight.