The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian today in Paris, France. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Le Drian emphasized the importance of the Transatlantic alliance and our shared goal of NATO unity. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister stressed the significance of political reconciliation in Libya under a UN-led political process. The Secretary discussed our strong alliance in countering the Chinese Communist Party’s malign activity in Europe and human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Secretary Pompeo also discussed the need to combat violent extremism and highlighted Hizballah’s malign influence in Lebanon as well as U.S. efforts toward a stable and reform-focused government there. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister underscored our joint efforts on democracy, security, and prosperity in the Sahel.