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Mike Pompeo cancels Berlin visit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly cancelled a planned visit to Berlin Tuesday citing “pressing issues.”

Pompeo was due to meet Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in the German capital on Tuesday afternoon followed by a summit with Chancellor Angela Merkel after 6 p.m. The Foreign Office said the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine were up for discussion during the meetings.

“Unfortunately, we must reschedule the Berlin meetings due to pressing issues. We look forward to rescheduling this important set of meetings. The secretary looks forward to being in Berlin soon,” the U.S. embassy in Berlin cited a State Department spokesperson as saying.

On Monday, Pompeo was in Rovaniemi, Finland, where he delivered a speech to the Arctic Council in which he said the U.S. was “fortifying Americas security and diplomatic presence in the area.”

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