Nov. 13 (UPI) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo embarks Friday on a 10-day, seven-nation tour, that may take him to Europe and the Center East to debate points together with counter-terrorism and spiritual freedom.
Pompeo’s itinerary contains:
The State Division mentioned Pompeo will first journey to France, the place he’ll meet President Emmanuel Macron, Overseas Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and different senior officers in Paris “to construct on our transatlantic work on financial and safety issues, and on counter-terrorism and international threats.”
Elysee Palace mentioned Thursday Pompeo will meet with Macron on Monday.
After leaving France, Pompeo will go to Istanbul to satisfy with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, “to debate non secular points in Turkey and the area and to advertise our sturdy stance on non secular freedom around the globe.”
Pompeo will then journey to Georgia and meet with President Salome Zourabichvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Overseas Minister David Zalkaliani in Tbilisi to precise U.S. “help for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and “urge additional progress in democratic reforms.”
Pompeo can even meet with Ilia II, the patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church.
After Georgia, Pompeo strikes on to Israel the place he’ll meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to debate the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and joint efforts “to handle Iran’s malign actions.”
United Arab Emirates
From Israel, the secretary of state heads to the UAE, which normalized relations with Israel over the summer season. There, Pompeo will meet with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayd to debate safety cooperation and regional points.
From the UAE, Pompeo stops in Qatar to satisfy with Amir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Overseas Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani to debate bilateral and regional points, together with “the significance of Gulf unity.”
After leaving Qatar, Pompeo’s last cease is Saudi Arabia, the place he’ll meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Pompeo’s tour comes 10 days after the U.S. presidential election, through which his boss, President Donald Trump, was defeated by Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Whereas many world leaders, together with three he’ll meet with on the journey — Macron, bin Salman and Netanyahu — have congratulated Biden on his victory, Pompeo has echoed Trump’s baseless claims that he was the sufferer of electoral fraud.