SECRETARY POMPEO: Great, thank you. Good morning. It’s great to be here. It was an incredible privilege yesterday to witness the tens of thousands of people lining the streets as I pulled up to the Congresso Nacional. It was heartfelt. It was authentic.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo in Brasilia, Brazil. The two leaders reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United States and Brazil and discussed opportunities to expand cooperation on economic, education, and security issues.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Peruvian Foreign Minister Néstor Popolizio Bardalesin Brasilia, Brazil. The two leaders discussed ongoing U.S.-Peru cooperation on counternarcotics and the importance of implementing a comprehensive approach to counternarcotics efforts.
The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Honduras, and Israel
Secretary Pompeo is leading a Presidential Delegation to Brazil for the inauguration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a leader who has expressed interest in closer ties with the United States and our regional allies. We welcome the opportunity to forge a close and comprehensive partnership with South America’s most populous democracy and the world’s eighth-largest economy.
Hi. Good morning, everybody. Thanks for joining the call. I’m pleased to have the opportunity to preview the Secretary’s trip to Brazil and Colombia early next week. The Secretary will be leading the presidential delegation to the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, and then we’ll visit Cartagena, Colombia.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Brazil and Colombia from December 31-January 2.
From December 31-January 2, Secretary Pompeo will lead the Presidential Delegation to Brasilia to attend the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro, President-elect of Brazil.
On December 22, the Venezuelan Navy aggressively stopped ExxonMobil contracted vessels operating under an oil exploration agreement with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in its Exclusive Economic Zone.
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Thank you Mr. President, and thank you to all of our briefers today for your briefings and for your dedicated work advancing peace and development in the Sahel.
We share the Special Advisor’s assessment that the Sahel is an important and culturally diverse region filled with potential, but that its people today face a daunting set of challenges.
We also agree that in this region, competition over natural resources exacerbated by natural disasters, including desertification and drought, contribute to the instability that we see today.