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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly canceled a planned visit to Berlin Tuesday citing "pressing issues." reports citing Politico.

Pompeo was due to meet Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in the German capital on Tuesday afternoon followed by a summit with Chancellor Angela Merkel after 6 p.m. The Foreign Office said the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine were up for discussion during the meetings.

"Unfortunately, we must reschedule the Berlin meetings due to pressing issues. We look forward to rescheduling this important set of meetings. The secretary looks forward to being in Berlin soon," the U.S. embassy in Berlin cited a State Department spokesperson as saying.

On Monday, Pompeo was in Rovaniemi, Finland, where he delivered a speech to the Arctic Council in which he said the U.S. was "fortifying America’s security and diplomatic presence in the area."

The secretary of state was due to fly to London on Wednesday to meet Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. On Thursday he was due to visit Nuuk, Greenland, to meet with Greenlandic Premier Kim Kielsen and Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen.

It was not immediately clear whether these legs of the visit would go ahead.

2019.05.07 / 16:07
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