Pompeo in London to discuss the" special relationship" between the UK and the US
LONDON: American State Secretary Mike Pompeo Is In London For Conversations With British Officials About The Status Of The Special Relationship Between Nations Amid Increased Tensions With Iran And Uncertainty About Great Britain ' S Exit European Union .
Pompeo Will Meet On Wednesday With British Prime Minister Theresa May And The Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt And Will Later Deliver A Speech On The Potential For Improved US-UK Ties After Brexit.
At His First Event In British Capital, A Meeting About Religious Freedom With Hunt And British Faith Leaders, Including Archbishop Of Canterbury, Pompeo Told Participants That The Trump Administration Is Committed To The Rights Of All People To Worship As They Please.
In The United States It ' S In Our Constitution, The First Amendment, It ' S Central To Our Founding, He Said.
Welby Thanked Pompeo For The Administration ' S Attention To The Matter, Noting That Christians In The Middle East And Africa And Religious Minorities Everywhere Are Under Threat. But He Also Sounded A Note Of Caution By Counting Pompeo That Foreign Military Inventions Often Have Serious Consequences For Religious Freedoms.
Where The Interests Of Religious Minorities Are Concerned, Foreign Interventions Can Often Have Very Serious, Long-term Impacts, He Said. Pompeo Didn ' T Address Welby ' S Comment.
Pompeo arrived in London after canceling a trip to Germany to make an unannounced visit to Baghdad , Where He Warned Iraqi Officials About What He Called Imminent Threats To American Interests In The Middleast.
Iran Said Earlier Wednesday That It Would Be Partially Suspend Its Compliance With The 2015 Nuclear Deal From Which President Donald Trump Withdrew Last Year. Britain Remains A Party To The Deal And Has Been Working With The Other European Participants, France And Germany, On Ways To Salvage The Accord In The Wake Of The US Withdrawal.