Mike Pompeo

The US has Announced the Appointment of a Special Envoy to the Western Balkans

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Matthew Palmer as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans, France's press and TASS reported, citing a statement from the State Department.

Secretary of State Pompeo seen planning Athens visit in October

Even though an official date has yet to be officially set, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will most likely visit Athens on October 6-7, according to reports over the weekend.
The visit is expected to approve a one-year extension to the US-Greece defense pact also known as the Souda Agreement - referring to the use of the Souda naval base on the island of Crete by US forces.

Greece mulling defense deal extension with US

Athens is looking to extend the US-Greece defense agreement, also known as the Souda Agreement, by a year when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits in October or November, it emerged after Wednesday's meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and US House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey at the Maximos Mansion in Athens.

Meeting focuses on Greek-US ties

US Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt and Deputy Foreign Minister Antonis Diamataris on Tuesday highlighted the strategic importance of Greek-US relations, the ties between the two nations and the issues concerning the Greek diaspora in the US.
After the meeting, Pyatt said in a tweet that they had a "great discussion."

Illiberal Populism: A Wake-Up Call for Human Rights

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently established a panel that will supposedly provide "fresh thinking about human rights discourse" but will most likely undermine gender equality and reproductive freedoms.

Clearly, rights activists must up their game. But they should be under no illusion that the human rights movement alone can save the planet.

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