Pompeo to visit UK ahead of Brexit

epa08145053 The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, speaks during the installation of the 3rd Hemispheric Ministerial Conference to Combat Terrorism, at the General Santander Police Cadet School, in Bogota, Colombia, 20 January 2020. The Conference is attended by ministers and vice ministers of Foreign Affairs, Government and delegates from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama Paraguay , Peru, Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia and Uruguay. The meeting is also attended by representatives from Spain, Israel and Venezuela as observers. EPA-EFE/Mauricio Duenas Castaneda

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head to Britain next week to reaffirm the US “special relationship” with the country ahead of its exit from the European Union, the State Department announced Friday.

Pompeo will travel to London on January 29, meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to “discuss ways to broaden and deepen trade ties” after Brexit at the end of the month.

From there he will head on to Ukraine — the country at the heart of the ongoing impeachment trial of President Donald Trump who is accused of pressuring his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a White House rival.

Johnson is cultivating Britain’s relations with Washington in a bid to offset the potential damage of withdrawal from the EU.

France 24

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