President Donald J. Trump spoke by phone yesterday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Good afternoon. Secretary Pompeo, Mike, it’s wonderful to welcome you. This is your first visit to Israel as Secretary of State. I think it’s significant that you chose, as did the President, to include Israel on this important itinerary.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good afternoon. Adel, it’s great to see you again, and it’s wonderful to be back here. President Trump came to Saudi Arabia on his first international trip, and now I have done so on my first trip as Secretary of State.
The United States continues to monitor closely the situation in Armenia. As a friend of Armenia, we urge all parties to engage in good faith negotiations on the formation of a new government in accordance with the Constitution, and to reach a resolution that reflects the interests of all Armenians.
NAIROBI, April 27, 2018 – U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec officially launched the planned 11.5 Billion KES ($115 million) Feed the Future Kenya Country Plan under the U.S. Global Food Security Strategy. The launch took place at the Accelerating Value Chain Development (AVCD) National Conference that was also attended by the President of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta. The theme of the conference was “Developing Value Chains to Farming as Business with Technology and Innovations in Kenya.”
The United States is deeply concerned by the recent fighting in Darfur's Jebel Marra region. There are credible reports that villages were targeted for attack during clashes between the Government of Sudan (GoS) forces and the Sudan Liberation Army-Abdul Wahid (SLA/AW), resulting in thousands of newly displaced civilians.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much. Thank you. I appreciate that. I just – I want to thank you for hosting me. I did come straight away. I was sworn in yesterday afternoon, hopped on a plane, and came straight here. There’s good reason for that.
It was important to me. There’s no more fitting destination for my first foreign trip as the Secretary of State than a meeting of our NATO allies. This alliance has been an essential pillar of American security interests for decades. Some of our strongest bilateral partnerships are encompassed within this alliance, and I made it clear today that the United States is eager to continue to lead here in NATO.
Secretary Mike Pompeo met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoğlu on April 27, on the margins of the NATO Foreign Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss Syria and a range of bilateral issues.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano on April 27, on the margins of the NATO Foreign Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss our cooperation confronting regional security challenges including Russian malign influence