Europe and Eurasia: Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations Pete Marocco Travels to Albania and Germany

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Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

May 22, 2018


Deputy Assistant Secretary Pete Marocco will travel to Tirana, Albania and Stuttgart, Germany May 24-31.

On May 26, Deputy Assistant Secretary Marocco will participate in the 15th Southeast European Meeting in Tirana, Albania and will meet with Western Balkans leaders on regional security and countering violent extremism. During his time in Stuttgart, he will have consultations at EUCOM and AFRICOM military bases.



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Europe and Eurasia: Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Wiesbaden, Budapest, and Bratislava

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Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

May 21, 2018


Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell will travel to Europe May 22 to May 24.

On May 22 he will be in Wiesbaden, Germany. There he will participate in a meeting of U.S. Chiefs of Missions serving in Europe hosted by the United States European Command.

Assistant Secretary Mitchell will then travel to Budapest, Hungary, where on May 23 he will meet senior Hungarian officials and representatives from civil society.

On May 24 Assistant Secretary Mitchell will be in Bratislava, Slovakia, to hold meetings with senior Slovak officials and representatives from civil society and think tanks.



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Europe and Eurasia: Remarks at the 2018 Plenary Session of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership

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Remarks

Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili

Treaty Room

Washington, DC

May 21, 2018


SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning. Good morning, Prime Minister. Welcome and congratulations on your hundredth anniversary of your independence. That’s a major milestone along the way. The message, frankly, this morning is that America’s support for Georgia remains strong and steadfast and will continue to do so.

As Vice President Pence said during his visit to Tbilisi last July, we’re with you, we stand with you, we are proud of our friendship and strategic partnership with the nation and the people of Georgia.

Today I’m pleased to join the prime minister in conducting the seventh plenary session of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission. This year is significant in another solemn way as well. 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Georgia. The United States unequivocally condemns Russia’s occupation on Georgian soil. Russia’s forcible invasion of Georgia is a clear violation of international peace and security and goes against the basic principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the Helsinki Final Act.

The Russian-occupied Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are integral parts of Georgia. The United States supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity with its internationally recognized borders. We call on Russia to fulfill all of its obligations under the 2008 ceasefire agreement to withdraw its forces to pre-conflict positions, to reverse its recognition of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states, and to provide free access for humanitarian assistance to each of those two regions.

The United States and NATO depend on strong, willing, resilient partners to help safeguard our common security interests. Georgia is one of those steadfast partners. It has demonstrated its commitment to contribute to international security and uphold Western values. Georgia is the largest non-NATO state troop contributor to Afghanistan, serving without any caveats about the duty – 32 Georgia soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of peace and stability there. The United States honors Georgia’s sacrifice and we are deeply grateful for Georgia’s steadfast support on this important joint mission. The United States and Georgia continue to deepen our security relationship, including through cooperation on fighting global terrorism, stemming the flow of foreign fighters crossing Georgian territory and countering the smuggling of dangerous nuclear materials from the Soviet Union.

In parliamentary and local elections in 2016 and last year, the Georgian people reaffirmed their Euro-Atlantic choice, including Georgia’s future membership in NATO. Our resolve remains. President Trump stands by the 2008 Bucharest declaration and the United States looks forward to one day welcoming Georgia into NATO. During our meeting today, we will discuss all the links between national security, a vibrant economy, and democracy. We know that an open society and a strong economy together are foundational elements for Georgia’s security. The rule of law, combined with an independent judiciary, accountable government, and respect for pluralism are essential for democratic and economic advancement.

To create an even more resilient democracy, the United States encourages Georgia to create opportunities for all voices to be heard in politics, in media, and to strengthen checks and balances in government institutions. Despite Russian occupation of 20 percent of its territory, Georgia has continued to reform. Its success carries with it great responsibility to fulfill the expectations of – to the Georgian people and to deliver economic prosperity and governmental transparency. Our two countries’ prime ministers are close partners and friends. The United States has stood with Georgia for a quarter century, and under President Trump, we will continue to stand with you as partners, friends, and one day as NATO allies as well.

Thank you, Prime Minister.

PRIME MINISTER KVIRIKASHVILI: Thank you, Secretary Pompeo, for your very encouraging words. I would like to thank you for your readiness to convene the plenary session of the strategic partnership council – commission between our countries in your early days of your appointment – up to your appointment in this office. I would like to congratulate you on this appointment to the very important position not only for the United States, but for the world. I am convinced that your vigor and determination will reaffirm U.S. strong leadership position throughout the world and will further lead towards the deeper – even deeper partnership between the United States and Georgia.

In a few days, as you mentioned, we will celebrate the hundred years anniversary of the establishment of the first Democratic Republic of Georgia. We have come a long way to become proud partner and strong ally of the United States. Under the leadership of President Trump, the strategic partnership between our nations has advanced significantly. Looking ahead, we see the great potential to strengthen our relations further, in line with the strategic interests of both countries. And today’s session provides a great opportunity not only to review the progress achieved, but also set the priorities for deepening our ties. Thanks to the U.S.’s continued support, Georgia has consolidated its democracy, strengthened governmental institutions and created more opportunities for economic development not only for Georgia, but for the region as well.

We are proud to be in the list of top reformer countries of the world, and the United States is proud shareholder of this success. Georgia highly values sustained and unequivocal U.S. support for our territorial integrity and sovereignty. The United States support to the process of the peaceful resolution of the conflict with the Russian Federation, the occupation of Georgian territories, Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions, is of highest importance to our country and regional stability. Our nations share the goal of preserving peace and stability around the world. We continue to fight terrorism shoulder to shoulder with each other in Afghanistan, where both countries suffered significant casualties. Our bilateral and multilateral defense cooperation is helping Georgia to modernize our armed forces and build our deterrence capabilities.

A few days ago, Army General Scaparrotti, the commander of U.S. European Command, was in Georgia to launch the Georgia Defense Readiness Program, a historical program and training initiative. This marks the beginning of a new era of partnership between our countries, which contributes to the security of Black Sea region, and thus the stability of the greater European security environment. We are at stage where we are ready to make an even more impressive leap in our bilateral and multilateral defense and security cooperation. We have made significant progress in enhancing our NATO interoperability. We are already exceeding NATO standard of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense budget, including more than 20 percent on the equipment. We are pleased to have the opportunity to buy the U.S. military defense equipment. U.S. plays an important role in our Euro-Atlantic integration process.

As we approach the NATO Brussels summit this year, we are looking to the reflection of the great progress we achieved on the NATO membership path. Georgia’s membership in NATO will be a clear added value for the Euro-Atlantic security, and I would like to thank you, Secretary Pompeo, for your reassuring words (inaudible) on Georgia’s NATO membership.

The other area where we enjoyed great support from the United States is the economic transformation and education. The U.S. assistance helped Georgia to become one of the most investor and business-friendly places in the world. Today, as we are turning a new page in our relations, we see significant progress for deepening – potential for deepening our bilateral ties. U.S. private investments in such infrastructure projects like the Anaklia Deep Sea Port will advance further America strategic economic interest in the region.

As a gateway to Eurasia, that possesses a far-reaching and unique FTA network from the EU to China. Complimentary to the U.S. FTA network, Georgia is a perfect foothold for the U.S. businesses to enter the wider region. Georgia is one of the few countries in the world with the institutions, policies and business climate necessary for comprehensive and fair trade deal with the United States. In case of a free trade agreement between our two countries, according to the recent study performed by the PricewaterhouseCoopers, exports of the United States goods can grow by 360 percent in just five years, creating new jobs in the United States.

Mr. Secretary, the potential for future cooperation is great for both nations, and I look forward to working with you on all directions in the interests of people of America and Georgia. And of course, I look forward to seeing you in Georgia. Thank you very much.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Great, thank you. Thank you very much. I’m sure we’ll see you again. Thank you.

PRIME MINISTER KVIRIKASHVILIA: Thank you.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, North Korea, how are negotiations going? Are you expecting any meetings this week? Mr. Secretary?



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Europe and Eurasia: Remarks With Dutch Foreign Minister Stephanus Blok Before Their Meeting

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Remarks

Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State

Treaty Room

Washington, DC

May 18, 2018


SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon. I just want to say welcome. We’re thrilled to have you here. It’s good to see you. I look forward to a productive afternoon talking to you.

FOREIGN MINISTER BLOK: Thank you.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Good to see you.

FOREIGN MINISTER BLOK: It’s a pleasure to be here. As you no doubt know, the Netherlands was the first country to recognize newly independent United States.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, a couple years ago. (Laughter.)

FOREIGN MINISTER BLOK: Well, and I can tell you we never regret it.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, sir. Thank you. Good afternoon.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, are you confident the North Korea summit’s still happening?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thanks, thanks for coming.



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Europe and Eurasia: Secretary Pompeo’s Phone Call With Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom

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Readout

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

May 17, 2018


The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by phone today with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. The Secretary thanked the Government of Sweden for its tireless advocacy in support of U.S. citizens as the United States’ protecting power in North Korea. The two also discussed areas of mutual concern, including the danger that Nord Stream II poses to European energy security, and the fight to defeat ISIS.



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Europe and Eurasia: Norway National Day

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Press Statement

Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

May 16, 2018


On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my warmest congratulations to all Norwegians on your 204th anniversary of Constitution Day.

Norway is one of the United States’ strongest partners and Allies. We admire your leadership in NATO, the UN, and in the Arctic Council. Your support across many fields, including energy development and coalition efforts to defeat ISIS, are invaluable. Millions of Americans can trace their roots back to Norway and the connections between our people continue to grow as over 4,000 Norwegians are alumni of U.S.-sponsored exchange programs. It is because of these ties that the United States and Norway continue to uphold a deep commitment to transatlantic unity and our shared democratic values.

To all Norwegians, Gratulerer med dagen. As you celebrate with children’s parades and wave your flags with pride this May 17th, I offer you my very best wishes on this Constitution Day and in the coming year.



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Europe and Eurasia: On the Occasion of Europe Day

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Press Statement

Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

May 9, 2018


On Europe Day, we send our congratulations to the citizens of the European Union. The United States recognizes the EU as one of our closest partners on our most important objectives abroad.

For decades, the EU has collaborated with the U.S. on a host of international challenges.

The United States is grateful for the EU’s enduring friendship.

The U.S.-EU relationship arises from a shared history and a common civilization grounded in democratic values, strong economic ties, and mutual commitment to transatlantic security.

Europe and the world are safer when the EU acts proactively to address common threats facing the West.



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Europe and Eurasia: Election of Nikol Pashinyan as Prime Minister of Armenia

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Press Statement

Heather Nauert

Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

May 8, 2018


The United States congratulates Nikol Pashinyan as the new Prime Minister of Armenia. We look forward to working closely with the new government and with the people of Armenia on the many areas of shared interest between our countries, including increasing trade, working in support of democracy and rule of law, and safeguarding regional and global security.



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Europe and Eurasia: Closure of Controlled Crossing Points in Russian Occupied Georgian Territory of South Ossetia

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Press Statement

Heather Nauert

Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

May 8, 2018


The United States is concerned by the decision of de facto South Ossetian authorities to temporarily close controlled crossing points in Georgia along the administrative boundary line in the Russian-occupied territory of South Ossetia. These closures coincide with Georgia’s celebration of Victory Day and restrict freedom of movement for residents living on both sides of the administrative boundary line. In addition, the United States calls for an immediate halt to the ongoing illegal detentions of Georgian citizens by de facto and Russian authorities along the administrative boundary lines with the Russian-occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.



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Europe and Eurasia: Poland National Day

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Press Statement

Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

May 3, 2018


On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people and government of Poland as you celebrate the 227th anniversary of the Constitution of the Third of May.

The Constitution of the Third of May was a landmark event in Poland’s history, making it among the first countries in the world to adopt a written constitution. This year is also the centennial of Poland’s recovery of its independence on November 11, 1918, as well as President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points, which included a call for the restoration of “an independent Poland.” We recall our common heritage in the events of 1918 and affirm our strong alliance today.



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