US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo has cancelled its this Tuesday the planned visit to Berlin at short notice. The talks had to be moved because there was "urgent problems," said the U.S. state Department. A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Berlin also spoke of urgent matters, and stressed that the visit should take place soon. The Foreign office confirmed the cancellation, without specifying Details.
Pompeo supposed to meet later in the afternoon with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and foreign Minister Heiko Maas. Topics of the talks, among other things, the situation in the Ukraine, in Venezuela, in Iran and in Syria as well as the relationship to Russia and China should be. It would have been Pompeos first visit in Germany. The US Secretary of state had attended a Meeting of the Arctic Council in Finland. Where he travels next, was initially unclear. The U.S. state Department announced that Pompeo "is happy to be soon in Berlin," the important Meeting.
foreign policy problems the US have, among other things, in relation to China and Iran. With China, a long-festering intensifying trade conflict. Both sides have covered each other with high punitive tariffs. Already agreed to talks has charged US President Donald Trump with the threat of new special duties in advance.
Acute is also the conflict with Tehran. US President, Donald Trump had announced in the past year, the international nuclear agreement with Iran. Since 1. May have to expect all countries with sanctions, the Oil from Iran import. The National security Advisor of the United States, John Bolton, announced on Monday the laying of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and of bombers in the Region. The step escalated the situation significantly.
The planned visit to Berlin to stand under the sign. Since the inauguration of the US President, Trump the transatlantic relations between the USA and Germany are cool. The US government accuses the Nato-Partner Germany's lack of military spending, criticized the German-Russian Pipeline project, Nord Stream 2 is sharp, and has threatened punitive tariffs due to the German trade surplus.
To participate in the Munich security conference, the 55 had renounced-year-old former CIA chief in February, although he was at the time for days on the road in Europe and Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Belgium and Iceland attended.