SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, President Duque. Good to see you again. Good morning, everyone. In the United States, today it’s Martin Luther King Day. Happy recognition of this great American leader.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning. Buenos dias, everyone. Thanks for the Colombians’ gracious hosting of this event. I was very encouraged how we grew our regional focus on terrorism when we had our meeting in July. The tough stand that we took, we united. It was proof that we intend to build out a hemisphere of freedom together.
The United States values our friendship with Colombia – a relationship rooted in a shared set of values, a commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental human rights.”
SECRETARY POMPEO: President Guaido, thank you for being here today. And thank you for joining a huge group of countries today who’s working on fighting terrorism all around the world, including in Venezuela.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric today in Bogota. Secretary Pompeo congratulated Foreign Minister Longaric on the new elections scheduled for May 3 and commended the transitional government’s collaboration with Bolivia’s National Assembly to establish a new Electoral Tribunal.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Berlin to discuss Libya, Syria, and a range of bilateral issues.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates in Berlin. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed the ongoing conflict in Libya.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on the margins of the Berlin Summit. Secretary Pompeo expressed outrage over the pointless and tragic death of detained U.S. citizen Moustafa Kassem in Egypt.
Yesterday, the Department of State designated Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hassan Shahvarpour, Khuzestan Province’s Vali Asr Commander, for his involvement in gross violations of human rights against protestors during the November protests in Mahshahr, Iran. According to multiple media reports and information submitted by the Iranian people through the Department of State’s Rewards for Justice tip-line, IRGC units under Shahvarpour’s command killed as many as 148 Iranians when they encircled fleeing protestors in armored vehicles, firing machine guns into the crowd and lighting fire to the marsh in which the protestors took cover.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Iraqi President Barham Salih. Secretary Pompeo and President Salih agreed on the need to reduce tensions in the region.