U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed to Europe and now Latin America this weekend, leaving Washington ahead of the Senate trial for President Donald Trump on impeachment charges.
Pompeo on Saturday headed for Germany to attend an international conference in Germany on the conflict in Libya today, Sunday, that is being co-hosted by the United Nations, that aims to bring together many of the countries that have interests in Libya’s ongoing civil war, and hopes are high that the warring parties will hold to a cease-fire.
Pompeo will then re-cross the Atlantic Ocean to visit Colombia on Monday, January 20, in Bogota, where he will speak at the Third Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial and meet with President Ivan Duque and other regional leaders. Pompeo will also discuss our strong counternarcotics cooperation with Colombia, a senior State Department official told reporters.
On January 21, Pompeo will arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he will meet with President Carlos Alvarado and visit the Joint Operations Center, which facilitates regional law enforcement cooperation. Costa Rica, an important partner of the United States, supports democracy and the rule of law throughout the hemisphere, including in Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Later that day, Secretary Pompeo will arrive in Kingston, Jamaica. While there, he will meet with Prime Minister Holness, conduct a multilateral roundtable discussion with Caribbean leaders, and deliver remarks on U.S. Caribbean relations.
On January 23, Secretary Pompeo will travel to Miami to meet with Governor DeSantis. The Secretary will then travel to Bushnell, Florida, to deliver a speech on President Trump’s foreign policy before returning to Washington, DC the same day.