STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON
February 7, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, and Iceland
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Budapest, Bratislava, Warsaw, Brussels, and Reykjavik February 11–15.
On February 11, he will arrive in Budapest, Hungary, where he will meet with Prime Minister Orban, Foreign Minister Szijjarto, Defense Minister Benko to discuss a range of issues in the U.S.-Hungary bilateral relationship, including defense cooperation, energy and regional security, support for Ukraine, and ways to counter Russian and Chinese influence and strengthen the Western alliance. The Secretary will also meet with civil society leaders.
On February 12, he will arrive in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he will meet with President Kiska, Prime Minister Pellegrini, and Foreign Minister Lajcak to discuss the U.S.-Slovak security relationship, Slovakia’s role as Chair-in-Office of the OSCE, and regional and global issues. He will visit the Gate of Freedom memorial, where more than 400 people died attempting to escape from communist Czechoslovakia to freedom in Austria between 1948 and 1989. He will also speak with students about the legacy of Western democratic freedom and its triumph over Communism 30 years ago.
Later that day, he will travel to Warsaw, Poland, where he will meet with Foreign Minister Czaputowicz to discuss security and energy issues, building on the strong relations between the United States and Poland. In Warsaw, the United States will co-host, with Poland, the “Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East.”
Secretary Pompeo will then travel to Brussels, Belgium, where he will meet with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini to discuss U.S.-EU cooperation on a range of key issues including efforts to restore democracy to Venezuela and support Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido and the National Assembly, as well as the importance of strengthening European security and addressing the threats posed by Iran and Russia.
Finally, the Secretary will travel to Reykjavik, Iceland on February 15. In Reykjavik, the Secretary will meet with Prime Minister Jakobsdottir and Foreign Minister Thordarson and discuss security issues in the North Atlantic, Iceland’s upcoming chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and growing economic relations.