Pompeo was an all-invisible American envoy, in what may have been his last official visit to France, tweeting news of his arrival and accompanying photos, from his private meeting with members of the Institute Montagne.
The United States’ top diplomats – as well as most of its president and his Republican Party – have not accepted the results of the US election, and unusual circumstances will likely resolve the issue.
Pompeo said in his latest tweet, “From terrorism to the COVID-19 epidemic,” we addressed global challenges with institutional montane representatives. The independent think tank states that it “promotes a balanced vision of society, in which open and competitive markets run with equality of opportunity and social cohesion.”
Pompeo arrived in lockdown to fight a second wave of coronaviruses in France. Unlike some people sitting around him, he did not wear a mask.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and President Emanuel Macron are scheduled to meet on Monday. According to Macron’s office, the French president spoke to Biden on the phone four days ago and conveyed his desire to work together in areas such as climate change, terrorism and health.
For the outgoing secretary of state and French officials, Monday’s meetings will be a delicate demarcation on difficult issues.
“At the moment, my counterpart is Mike Pompeo, as of January 20 …”, Le Drian said on the French network BFMTV on Friday, citing the date of Trump’s term ending. “He is coming to Paris. I get it. “
Le Drian noted “difficult topics” on the situation from Iraq and Iran to the Middle East and China.
He said he planned to speak on any quick withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, clearly worried that Trump could end his presidency with such a move.
Le Drian said of the complete withdrawal from Afghanistan, “what he should not do in our opinion.” “What should not be done in Iraq, (we) will tell him.”
Macron has a strained relationship with Trump. The two leaders initially lured each other to the point of extravagance, as Macron honored Trump in the Bastille Day military parade. Trump later slammed Macron by the Paris Global Climate Agreement.
The United States left Iran’s nuclear deal hard, and Pompeo said in a tweet before leaving on his trip that “Iran’s unstable behavior” would be among the topics discussed.
In an arrival tweet on Saturday in France, Pompeo laid the standard diplomatic basis for their Paris talks, noting that France is the “oldest friend and ally” of the United States. “The strong relationship between our countries cannot be underestimated,” he tweeted.
Promoting religious freedom and combating terrorism during his visit was also one of the topics on the table. Both issues are quite relevant to France. France has had three terrorist attacks in recent weeks, killing four people, most recently associated with the republished caricature of the Prophet of Islam. Anti-French demonstrations rolled through some Muslim countries, including the right to draw carvings, after Macron asserted his nation’s respect for freedom of expression.
After France, Pompeo’s tour took him to Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The leaders of all those countries paid public congratulations to Biden.
France, Turkey, Georgia and Qatar have close ties with the Trump administration, and it was unclear whether Pompeo planned a public engagement with his leaders – or whether he would question the press, with whom he had a frosty relationship is.
The administration’s relations with Turkey have become particularly tense following the purchase of the Russian missile defense system by a NATO ally, and Pompeo’s closure in Istanbul next week will not include meetings with Turkish officials. Instead, Pompeo will hold meetings with religious leaders to highlight his promotion of religious freedom.
Palestinian officials, who have been snubbed by the Trump administration, have condemned Pamago’s plan to visit the West Bank settlement. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shatyeh tweeted on Friday that it was a “dangerous precedent” that legalized settlements.
Considering Trump’s refusal and orders for cabinet agencies not to cooperate with the Biden transition team, the State Department has not been involved with facilitating Biden’s call, according to officials familiar with the process.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Pompeo said he would act as if there was no change.
“I’m the Secretary of State,” he said. “I am getting calls from all over the world. These people are watching our election. They understand that we have a legal process. They understand that it takes time. “
Still looking forward to his French counterpart Le Drian, he said in Cairo last Sunday that “we will work with the new president of the United States and his team in the framework of new trans-Atlantic relations, to make us do it again Will need – found it. “
Matthew Lee contributed to this report in Washington.