Ukraine expects to agree new dates for Pompeo visit shortly – Prystaiko
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko says Ukraine expects to shortly agree on new dates for the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
"I respectfully accept the decision of SecPompeo to postpone his visit to Ukraine after the attacks on the base of Operation Inherent Resolve and on USEmbBaghdad. We support our strategic partner – coalition forces and diplomats must be secured," reads Prystaiko's tweet posted Thursday.
"We affirm our readiness to welcome SecPompeo in Ukraine and we expect to agree new dates of the visit shortly," the top diplomat wrote in a separate tweet.
We affirm our readiness to welcome @SecPompeo in Ukraine and we expect to agree new dates of the visit shortly.— Vadym Prystaiko (@VPrystaiko) January 2, 2020
As UNIAN reported earlier, Mike Pompeo postponed his visit to Ukraine where he was set to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, and Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk, in order to be in Washington, D.C., monitor the ongoing situation in Iraq, where the Baghdad-based U.S. embassy was attacked recently, and to ensure the safety and security of U.S. citizens in the Middle East.
Also postponed were Pompeo's trips to Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus.
"Secretary Pompeo's trip will be rescheduled in the near future and he looks forward to the visit at that time," the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv reported.
In an earlier commentary, MFA Ukraine "strongly condemned" the recent attempted attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.