Secretary Pompeo Traveling to Middle Europe
Take part in conference on peace in the Middle East
This week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be visiting Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland, on a tour that later includes a conference on the Middle East. He began with a visit on Monday in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Tomorrow he will be in Bratislava, Slovakia. For the Hungarians, it has been since 2011 that they have seen a high-level representative of the United States, and the Slovakians have not been so engaged in 20 years.
One of the purposes of the trip, according to the secretary, is to make up for a lack of United States engagement in the region that has served to open the door for more influence in central Europe by Russia and China.
Beginning on February 13, Secretary Pompeo will be hosting a two-day U.S. conference on the “Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East,” that will be held in Warsaw, Poland.
A senior administration official said, “Our efforts at diplomatic engagement are aimed at competing for positive influence and giving allies in the region an indication of U.S. support and interest in order to have alternatives to China and Russia.”
- For Secretary Pompeo and others traveling with him as they seek to establish re-engagement with countries in Europe that have been overlooked in recent years.
For the growing influence and presence of China and Russia in the region, including energy ties and bilateral defenses.