U.S. Secretary Of State Pompeo Postpones Visit To Belarus Amid Iran Tensions

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has postponed his upcoming travel to Belarus due to rising tensions in Iraq and the Middle East, U.S. Embassy in Belarus reports.

Pompeo’s visit to Minsk is part of a wider tour that will take him to Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Photo: Reuters

“Secretary Pompeo must postpone his visit to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus due to the need for the Secretary to be in Washington, D.C., to continue monitoring the ongoing situation in Iraq and ensure the safety and security of Americans in the Middle East.

Secretary Pompeo’s trip will be rescheduled in the near future and he looks forward to the visit at that time,” the official statement reads. No date was specified for the postponed visit, it is currently agreed with the American side.

On 23 December, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was attacked by a crowd angered by U.S. air strikes targeting an Iran-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah militia. According to the militia, at least 25 people died as a result of an airstrike, 55 were injured.

U.S. President Donald Trump accused Iran of arranging an attack on the embassy. No U.S. personnel were injured in the attack, and no evacuation was carried out. However, all consular services have been suspended indefinitely.

Pompeo’s visit to Minsk, scheduled for 4 January, would have been the highest level visit to Belarus. U.S. official was supposed to meet with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei.