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23 Jan 2020

Minsk gearing up for Pompeo’s visit

Minsk gearing up for Pompeo’s visit
Oleg Kravchenko and Jenifer Moore. Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

MINSK, 23 January (BelTA) – Oleg Kravchenko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, met with Charge d’Affaires of the United States Jenifer Moore on 23 January, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The parties discussed Belarus-USA relations in the context of the upcoming bilateral events,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed.

A reminder, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is expected to come to Belarus on 1 February. Michael Pompeo was to pay a working visit to Belarus on 4 January, but had to postpone it due to the situation around the U.S. Embassy in Iraq and the events that followed. Michael Pompeo was set to hold talks at the highest level, to meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei and to hold other events. The parties were expected to take stock of Belarus-USA relations and discuss regional security.

Vladimir Makei and Michael Pompeo had a phone conversation on 6 January. During the conversation Michael Pompeo explained why he had to postpone his visit to Belarus. The Belarusian side confirmed its readiness to receive the U.S. secretary of state on an agreed date and emphasized the importance of an open exchange of views on the development of bilateral relations, the situation in the region and the world.

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