Overseas Network, November 12th. On the 10th local time, the US State Department issued a statement stating that Secretary of State Pompeo would “promote religious freedom” during his visit to Istanbul, Turkey, which caused dissatisfaction in Turkey. On the 11th, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged the US government to “look in the mirror first” and focus on solving domestic human rights issues such as racism and hate crimes.
According to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department stated in a statement that Pompeo plans to meet with Bartholomew I, the universal patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Turkey, to discuss religious issues and promote the United States’ “on the issue of religious freedom around the world”. Tough stance”. Subsequently, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the statement of “extremely inappropriate”, saying that Turkey protects the right of citizens of all beliefs to freely believe in religion.
The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded in a statement: “It is wiser for the United States to look in the mirror first and show the necessary sensitivity to human rights violations such as racism, Islamophobia and hate crimes in the United States.”
According to US media, Pompeo will not meet with Turkish officials during this trip, and he will also visit France, Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia from November 13 to 23. CNN has stated that Pompeo has not yet recognized Biden’s “victory” in the general election, but the seven countries he will visit this week congratulated Biden: When all countries congratulate Biden, Pompeo may face awkward conversations.”