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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit this week

Published:Monday | September 14, 2020 | 12:10 AM
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

GEORGETOWN (CMC):

The United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, will be on a two-day visit this week, a senior Guyana government official has confirmed.

Permanent Secretary in the foreign ministry, Ambassador Audrey Jardine-Waddell, told the online publication demerarawaves.com that the visit is scheduled for September 17 and 18.

Pompeo had been critical of the David Granger administration following the disputed March 2 regional and general elections, and Washington had threatened to impose stiffer sanctions on the government and other officials if the figures from the national vote recount had not been used to determine and declare the results of the polls.

Demerarawaves.com said that a American Embassy spokeswoman did not immediately respond to queries about what is expected to be on the agenda of the secretary of state’s visit to Guyana, but Pompeo is expected to sign a number of agreements with President Dr Irfaan Ali.

Granger had said that in April, his administration had turned down a request from Washington to relay the Voice of America (VOA) radio broadcasts to Venezuela, which is preparing to hold elections.