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G7 videoconference: Pompeo hits Chinese virus 'disinformation campaign'

Mar 26, 2020 - 12:57 PM

The US secretary of state says, the countries that attended the G7 meeting were 'deeply aware of the disinformation campaign that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in to try and deflect from what has really taken place'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, on March 25, 2020. Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrial powers agreed in talks Wednesday that China is waging a "disinformation" campaign about the coronavirus pandemic, Pompeo said.  ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP

Pompeo in Kabul to try to break political deadlock

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:12 PM

The visit comes just a day after the Afghan government and Taliban held their first discussion on prisoner exchanges – a key step in a broader push for peace

BREAK DEADLOCK. In this handout photograph taken and released by Press Office of President of Afghanistan on March 23, 2020, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) during their meeting in Kabul. AFP PHOTO/Press Office of President of Afghanistan

China says Pompeo 'lying' in new coronavirus clash

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:53 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized Beijing, saying it 'wasted valuable days' after identifying the novel coronavirus by letting 'hundreds of thousands' leave the epicenter of Wuhan to places including Italy

PROTECTION. A security guard wearing a face mask amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19, watches over the entrance to a residential community in Beijing on March 20, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Pompeo says Iran must 'tell the truth' on coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 7:46 AM

Pompeo says that both China and Iran could have better contained coronavirus if they allowed free expression

POMPEO. File photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from May 2019. Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

U.S. prepares to sign withdrawal deal with Taliban on February 29

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:36 PM

Both US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban issue statements saying they have agreed to sign the accord on February 29 in Doha, following the one-week partial truce

US-TALIBAN TALKS. In this file photo taken on August 27, 2017 US Marines and Afghan Commandos stand together as an Afghan Air Force helicopter flies past during a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Pompeo closes Africa tour with warning about China's 'empty promises'

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:43 PM

'Countries should be wary of authoritarian regimes with empty promises. They breed corruption, dependency,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

AFRICA TOUR. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo enters the plane before departing from the Addis Ababa Bole international Airport in Addis Ababa on February 19, 2020, as he travels to Saudi Arabia. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool/AFP

Pompeo says settlement report shows U.N.'s 'unrelenting anti-Israel bias'

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:01 AM

This is in response to the UN's list of 112 companies with activities in Israeli settlements, including major US firms Airbnb, Expedia, and TripAdvisor

SETTLED. Israeli soldiers walk along the buildings of the Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit on January 31, 2020. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

U.S. accuses Iran of building missiles through satellite bid

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Iran, which is enemy number one for President Donald Trump's administration, says it had successfully launched a satellite but that it failed to reach orbit

WEAPONS. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on February 9, 2020 shows the unveiling Raad-500 missile, a short-range ballistic missile by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that they say can be powered by a "new generation" of engines designed to put satellites into orbit. Photo by Iran press/AFP

Pompeo urges U.S. governors to resist China pressure on Taiwan

Feb 09, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'Don't make separate individual deals and agreements with China that undermine our national policy,' says United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

WARNING. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cautions against dealing with China. File photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

Pompeo condemns China's Xinjiang crackdown during Central Asia tour

Feb 02, 2020 - 3:24 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets top officials in Kazakhstan as he rounds off a 5-nation tour in two countries where Russia and China enjoy privileged interests

POMPEO IN KAZAKHSTAN. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) reacts after holding a joint news conference with Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi (L) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, February 2, 2020. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/AFP

Pompeo urges end to 'tyranny' of Venezuela's Maduro

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:59 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to meet with Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido in Colombia

MADURO. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Pompeo sees 'real likelihood' Iran will try to hit U.S. troops

Jan 06, 2020 - 11:10 AM

The US has about 60,000 troops in the region, including around 5,200 in Iraq. Washington orders thousands more soldiers to the Middle East on January 3, after Qasem Soleimani's killing.

An Iranian man walks past a mural painted on the walls of the former US embassy in the capital Tehran on January 4, 2020, one day after Soleimani and other members of Iraq's pro-Iranian paramilitary group Al-Hashed Al-Shaabi were killed in a US air strike near Baghdad international airport. - Soleimani, the 62-year-old deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards, will be laid to rest next week in his hometown of Kerman as part of three days of ceremonies across the country, the Revolutionary Guards said. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Pompeo says U.S. will act 'lawfully' after Trump Iran threat

Jan 05, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US will 'behave inside the system'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a meeting with Russian President at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi on May 14, 2019. (Photo by Pavel Golovkin / POOL / AFP)

Pompeo to travel to Ukraine in January

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:56 PM

The trip will make Pompeo the most senior US official to visit Ukraine since the scandal at the heart of the ongoing impeachment process against President Donald Trump erupted

STATE SECRETARY. In this file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a discussion on the major foreign policy priorities of the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Pompeo accuses Iran of suppressing protest memorials

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:40 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly accuses Iran supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of stopping the public from mourning the killed protesters

US-IRAN RELATIONS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slams Iran for attempting to stop the memorials for the killed protesters. File photo by Pavel Golovkin/POOL/AFP

Pompeo insists Trump raised election meddling with Russia

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Sergey Lavrov says that Donald Trump never raised election meddling and that the topic had only come up in the context of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raising it at the news conference

ON RUSSIA. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a press conference at the US State Department in Washington, DC on December 10, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

U.S. confirms Washington visit by Russian foreign minister

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:30 AM

A brief statement about the meeting, to be held at the State Department, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov would 'discuss a broad range of regional and bilateral issues'

SERGEI LAVROV. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrives for the beginning of the 26th OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Ministerial Council in Bratislava on December 5, 2019. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

U.S. calls back ambassador from South Sudan

Nov 26, 2019 - 2:51 AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US will "re-evaluate our relationship with the government of South Sudan"

Giuliani-Pompeo contacts chronicled in newly released papers

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:26 PM

A non-partisan watchdog claims the documents provide 'a clear paper trail' between the two key figures in the circle of President Donald Trump

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister following their talks in Sochi on May 14, 2019. (Photo by Pavel Golovkin / POOL / AFP)

Trump gives blessing for Pompeo exit

Nov 23, 2019 - 12:18 PM

This is the first public confirmation that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is considering running for Senate in 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives on September 3, 2019 at the European Parliament in Brussels for a meeting with European Parliament President. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Israelis celebrate, Palestinians rail against U.S. settlement move

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:09 PM

The decision is the latest in a series of pro-Israeli moves by Donald Trump's administration

ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on November 19, 2019 from the Palestinian village of Kifl Hares shows the Israeli Jewish settlement of Revava. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

In new pro-Israel shift, U.S. no longer calls settlements illegal

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:24 AM

US State secretary Mike Pompeo tells reporters, the US has concluded that 'the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law'

Israeli soldiers stand guard next to the site where the body of an Israeli soldier was found with multiple stabs near the settlement of Migdal Oz in the occupied West Bank on August 8, 2019. - An Israeli soldier's body was found with multiple stab wounds near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a "terrorist" attack. The incident sparked a manhunt by security forces and risked boosting Israeli-Palestinian tensions weeks ahead of September 17 Israeli polls. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

U.S. recognizes Jeanine Anez as Bolivia's interim president

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'The United States applauds Bolivian Senator Jeanine Anez for stepping up as Interim President of State to lead her nation through this democratic transition, under the constitution of Bolivia,' says US Secretary of State statement

Bolivia's interim president, Jeanine Anez speaks during a press conference during her first day in power, at the Quemado presidential palace in La Paz, on November 13, 2019. Anez, who declared herself interim president before her claim was endorsed by the constitutional court, arguing that her succession was necessitated by the resignations of those above her in the government hierarchy, will try to fill the power vacuum left by Evo Morales's abrupt resignation, as the former leader denounced what he described as a "sneaky coup." Jorge Bernal / AFP

Pompeo warns against China, Russia on eve of Berlin Wall anniversary

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'Western, free nations have a responsibility to deter threats to our people' from governments like China, Russia, and Iran, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

WARNING. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a joint press conference with his German counterpart in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on November 7, 2019. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Turkey, U.S. agree on Syria ceasefire to force Kurdish fighters' withdrawal

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:48 AM

The agreement for the 120-hour pause eases what escalated into an unprecedented crisis between the United States and Turkey, but critics quickly accused President Donald Trump of again abandoning Kurdish allies

AGREED. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (center-left) and US Vice President Mike Pence (center-right) meet at the presidential complex in Ankara, Turkey, on October 17, 2019. Photo by Shaun Tandon/Pool/AFP

Erdogan says Turkey 'can never declare ceasefire' in north Syria

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:53 AM

US President Donald Trump says, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Ankara to press Turkey to halt its offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters

Syrian government forces arrive in the town of Tal Tamr, not far from the flashpoint Kurdish Syrian town of Ras al-Ain on the border with Turkey, which has been a key target of Turkish forces and their proxies since they launched their military assault, on October 15, 2019. Syrian regime troops arrived after Damascus deployed troops to the country's north to contain a days-long Turkish offensive.  Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

U.S. curbs China officials' visas, demands end to Uighur 'repression'

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:21 AM

(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweets: 'China must end its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad'

CHINA MUST STOP. File photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Pompeo blasts 'harassment' by Congress over impeachment probe

Oct 05, 2019 - 9:33 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo complains about requests made by Congress members in relation to the impeachment complaint against US President Donald Trump

IMPEACHMENT. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC on September 27, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Pompeo accuses Democrats of bullying in impeachment probe

Oct 01, 2019 - 11:37 PM

In a letter to Congress, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the subpoenas 'can only be understood as an attempt to intimidate, bully and treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State'

POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a meeting in Sochi on May 14, 2019. File photo by Pavel Golovkin/Pool/AFP

Pompeo subpoenaed as Democrats press Trump impeachment

Sep 28, 2019 - 1:27 PM

Three House committees are giving US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo one week to turn over Ukraine-related documents

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Pompeo favors 'peaceful resolution' to crisis after Saudi oil attack

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:16 PM

'We'd like a peaceful resolution. I think we've demonstrated that. I hope the Islamic Republic of Iran sees it the same way,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Saudi oil attacks an Iranian 'act of war' – Pompeo

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:16 PM

'This was an Iranian attack,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells reporters on September 18, calling it 'an act of war'

POMPEO IN SAUDI ARABIA. In this handout photo by the Saudi Royal Palace, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah on September 18, 2019. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Pompeo heads to Saudi Arabia after U.S. blames Iran

Sep 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Vice President MIke Pence says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on his way to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to 'discuss our response'

POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waves before boarding his plane departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 17, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Iran refutes U.S. accusations over Saudi attacks

Sep 15, 2019 - 5:02 PM

'The Americans have taken the policy of 'maximum pressure' which has apparently turned into 'maximum lying' due to their failures,' says a foreign ministry spokesman

U.S., Taliban keep open door to talks after summit scrapped

Sep 09, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Washington says it would not relent in fighting the militants after US President Donald Trump blames the scuttling of the meeting on a Taliban attack that killed a US soldier

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives on September 3, 2019 at the European Parliament in Brussels for a meeting with European Parliament President. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

U.S., Russia rip up Cold War-era INF missile treaty

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Moscow says the deal has been terminated 'at the initiative of the US,' while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Russia is 'solely responsible for the treaty's demise'

INF TREATY. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) attends a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Pompeo to ASEAN: We're not asking to 'choose between' U.S., China

Aug 02, 2019 - 7:36 AM

In his opening remarks during the ASEAN ministerial meeting, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says, our 'engagement in this region has not been and will not be a zero-sum exercise'

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the House Appropriations Committee's State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee about his departments FY2020 budget request March 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. With Pompeo at the helm, the State Department has requested budget cuts of more than 11-percent over FY2019 and both Republicans and Democrats were critical of the request. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

China stakes claim to ASEAN 'neighborhood' as Pompeo jets in for Bangkok talks

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:49 PM

China staunchly disputes the right of outside powers – principally the US – to influence an issue in what it considers to be its 'neighborhood'

CHINA AND ASEAN. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) speaks at a press conference during the 52nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok on July 31, 2019. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Pompeo: Trump wants Afghan drawdown before 2020 election

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:22 AM

For the past year, the US has been negotiating with the Taliban to reach a peace agreement ending the 18-year war

AFGHANISTAN. Before winning the presidential election in 2016, Donald Trump pledged to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and end America's longest war. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/Agence France-Presse

Pompeo and Mexican counterpart welcome reduced flow of migrants

Jul 22, 2019 - 8:27 AM

The meeting confirms a calmer tone in US-Mexican relations than in early June, when President Donald Trump had threatened new trade tariffs against Mexico unless it acted forcefully to slow the migrant flow

POMPEO AND EBRARD. A handout photo released by the Mexican Foreign Ministry showing Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard (R) shaking hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a private meeting in Mexico City on July 21, 2019. - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Mexico City as part of his four-nation tour of Latin America, where he is expected to press US efforts to curb immigration as President Donald Trump takes controversial measures to deter and remove mostly Central American migrants who are seeking safety in the United States. Handout photo by Mexican Foreign Ministry/AFP

Pompeo announces new global body on religious freedom

Jul 18, 2019 - 10:29 PM

'It will provide a space for the work that we do here to flourish throughout the year and, importantly, it will defend the unalienable rights of all human beings to believe, or not to believe, whatever it is that they choose,' Pompeo says

POMPEO ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers the keynote address during the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in the Loy Henderson Auditorium of the State Department in Washington, DC on July 19, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. ban on Myanmar army chief not enough, says United Nations

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:45 PM

United Nations Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee says the US move to ban US travel for army chief Min Aung Hlaing 'does not go far enough, it should go further'

MYANMAR'S ARMY CHIEF. This file photo taken on July 19, 2018, shows Myanmar's Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces, saluting to pay his respects to Myanmar independence hero General Aung San and 8 others assassinated in 1947. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

U.S. bans Myanmar army chief over Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:41 AM

The US State Department says it is taking action against army chief Min Aung Hlaing and the others after finding credible evidence they were involved in the violence two years ago

Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects a major bridge near capital Naypyidaw along Yangon to Mandalay highway damaged by rampaging flood waters from Swar Chaung dam on August 29, 2018. Swar Chaung dam's spillway structure, which regulates the release of water from the levee, broke due to heavy seasonal rainfall in Bago region on August 29, inundating about 100 villages and blocking the country's biggest highway, a government official said. / AFP PHOTO / Thet AUNG

Pompeo to take up immigration, Iran on Latin America tour

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Pompeo will start his tour in Argentina, where he will take part on July 19 in a 'counterterrorism ministerial' among Western Hemisphere nations

LATIN AMERICAN TOUR. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a meeting with Russian President at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi on May 14, 2019. File photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

Fresh bid set to bring Afghans to table for peace deal

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:58 PM

US president Donald Trump says he wants to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan, but will leave a strong intelligence presence there to counter what he terms the 'Harvard of terrorists'

DISPLACED. In this photo taken on February 9, 2019, internally displaced Afghan men talk in Kandahar city, after fleeing conflict with the Taliban in the Deh Rawood district of Uruzgan province. Photo by Javed Tanveer/AFP

Pompeo holds talks in 'tariff king' India

Jun 26, 2019 - 12:59 PM

(UPDATED) Mike Pompeo and Narendra Modi give no news conference, though Pompeo is due to give a statement to media on Wednesday

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is welcomed with a flower bouquet upon his arrival at the Palam technical airport in New Delhi on June 25, 2019 for a state visit. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Iran denies tanker attacks as tensions soar

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) China has called for all sides to 'resolve the conflict through dialogue' as oil prices jumped, while the European Union and the United Nations have called for restraint

TANKERS. A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRIB on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from a tanker said to have been attacked off the coast of Oman, at an undisclosed location. Handout photo by Irib TV/AFP

30 years after Tiananmen, U.S. says hopes dashed as China defends crackdown

Jun 04, 2019 - 12:29 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo salutes the 'heroic protest movement,' which he says still stirs 'the conscience of freedom-loving people around the world'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a discussion on the major foreign policy priorities of the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on warned that Russia would seek to interfere in elections for decades ahead and vowed that Washington would try to thwart its efforts. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

Trump says U.S.-China trade deal could include Huawei

May 24, 2019 - 7:56 AM

President Donald Trump says there is a 'good possibility' Washington will reach an agreement with Beijing to end the escalating trade conflict, and that 'it's possible that Huawei would be included in a trade deal'

HUAWEI. The Huawei logo is displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 26, 2019. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

U.S., Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling

May 15, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Speaking for nearly two hours late into the evening in Putin's forested dacha in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Pompeo becomes the highest-ranking American to meet the Russian leader in 10 months

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