US Secretary of State Pompeo to visit Denmark

US Secretary of State Pompeo to visit Denmark
Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod (L) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, D.C. in November 2019. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, will visit Copenhagen on July 22nd, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed.

Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and subsequently with Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod.

“I look forward to welcoming my good colleague Mike Pompeo when, on one of his few trips at this unusual time, makes a stop in Copenhagen,” Kofod said in a ministry statement.

“The United States is a close friend of Denmark and absolutely our closest ally. The Danish-American relationship goes back a long way and I look forward to reaffirming our close relations at the meeting,” he added.

News agency Reuters reports Pompeo as saying that China's treatment of Hong Kong will be high on the agenda, a topic he is also expected address in the United Kingdom during the same trip to Europe.

The two foreign ministers will have the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics during a “working lunch” scheduled for Pompeo’s visit.

 

“This gives us a unique opportunity to talk about global issues of common interest such as security, trade and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on international cooperation,” Kofod said.

The Arctic region is also expected to be given high priority. Foreign affairs ministers from Greenland and the Faroe Islands have been invited to participate in the visit.

“Since we will discuss Arctic matters, my colleagues from Greenland and the Faroe Islands must naturally also sit at the table. I personally attach crucial importance to this,” Kofod said in the ministry statement.

US president Donald Trump cancelled a planned visit to Denmark in the autumn of 2019 after his unilateral speculations about the United States buying Greenland from Denmark were dismissed by Frederiksen.

Kofod previously met with Pompeo in late 2019.

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