Secretary Pompeo Visits Southern Cyprus

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that his country is not comfortable with Turkey's activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Secretary Pompeo made this statement in Southern Cyprus during an official visit. Secretary of State met Greek leader Nicos Anastasiades as part of his schedule of meetings.

Secretary Pompeo called upon a diplomatic solution for the crisis between Turkey and Greece. He said, "The countries in the region must resolve the issues related to energy, security, and sea borders via diplomacy and dialogue." The Secretary of State highlighted that the escalated military tension between the two countries would only benefit the competitors who want segregation in the transatlantic unity."

Secretary Pompeo added that  U.S. is  deeply concerned about Turkey's ongoing operations and that Southern Cyprus has the right to use its natural resources, including the economic hydrocarbons that it has discovered within its exclusive economic region.

Two survey vessels sent out to the Mediterranean gets a reaction from Greece and Southern Cyprus. France supports Greece upon the responses.

European Union will put the matter on its agenda at the meeting to be held on September 24th. 

In addition, Secretary Pompeo underlined that they know not all of the Russian vessels which stop at the Southern Cypriot ports carry out humane activities in Syria.

At the end of the visit, it was determined to establish a "Cypriot Land, High Sea and Port Security Center" between the U.S. and Greek Cypriot region.

The reaction from  TRNC:

The Presidency of TRNC reacted to the U.S Secretary of State, Pompeo, who was said to meet only Greek officials during his visit to Cyprus, stating, "It is not possible to accept such an attitude." 

Turkish Defence Minister Akar arrived in the TRNC to monitor the "Distinguished Observer Day" activities of "Mediterranean Storm-2020 Drill".

During his visit, Hulusi Akar said: "We have done everything under good neighborhood relations, and we will keep on to do so. We expect the same from the other party. Hence, as long as our demands and requests on this are met, we seek peace."

Regarding the recent developments, retired Admiral Cihat Yaycı also indicated that the Greek President's visit to Meis and surrounding Turkish islands is unacceptable and that "this is a major diplomatic opportunity to justify our position to the rest of the world."

Visa Announcement Concerning Worldwide Healthcare Professionals from the U.S.

The U.S. recently became the number one country, surpassing China and Italy, in regard to the total number of infected cases. Therefore, the statement has been published and invited health professionals to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate for obtaining visas, “as long as they possess the necessary and valid documentation.”

The statement in question has been published on the website of the U.S. Department of State, under the visas section. It was noted in the statement that “Medical professionals with approved I-129, I-140 (or similar) petitions or with valid certifications to participate exchange programs (such as DS-2019), particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of coronavirus“ are encouraged to visit the website of the closest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment.

The Association of American Medical Colleges  estimated that in a decade from now the United States would likely face a shortage of about 105,000 doctors. About a fourth of all US health care workers, and a third of doctors, are foreign born.

Details: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/important-announcement-on-h2-visas.html

Secretary Pompeo: Our team won't stop until we get all #AmericansHome who wish to return.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also made an announcement about bringing U.S. citizens home: “Our team is out there taking care of Americans, keeping our own team safe, and we’ve now brought over 10,000 #AmericansHome from places where they were stranded through no fault of their own.”

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo reacts to China

 

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo warned his Chinese counterpart against spreading rumors regarding the coronavirus. U.S. Secretary of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus stated that Secretary Pompeo strongly opposed China’s statement that the coronavirus originated in the United States. 

“The Secretary stressed that this is not the time to spread disinformation and outlandish rumors, but rather a time for all nations to come together to fight this common threat,” Spokesperson Ortagus said in a readout of the call.

Additionally, before this statement, Secretary Pompeo posted on Twitter that the Chinese government is spreading false information and outlandish rumors.

“Spoke today with Director  Jiechi about disinformation and outlandish rumors that are being spread through official PRC channels,” Secretary Pompeo added.

A diplomatic note to China

State Department official confronts China’s ambassador about disinformation and announced that the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S.  was summoned and has been given a diplomatic note. Though he avoided making any comments, Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai has met with Deputy Secretary David Stillwell.

In addition, National Security Council Advisor Robert O’Brien claimed that an initial cover-up of the coronavirus in China “cost the world community two months” and exacerbated the global outbreak. A week ago at Heritage Foundation, O’Brien also added, “I think we could have dramatically curtailed what happened in China and what’s now happening across the world.”

Former Air Force General Rob Spalding also had an interview at TRT World and stated that “It is a pattern of propaganda that the Chinese Communist Party executes daily and  Clearly, they know that this was not originated by the U.S. Army. The army was not in Wuhan. The Chinese have pretty strict border control . . . .”

What Happened?

While the coronavirus is assumed to have spread from a wild animal market in Wuhan city of Hubei Province, China, the use of the term “Wuhan virus” by U.S. officials in recent days drew the attention of Chinese officials. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian claimed in a tweet that “the U.S. army could be behind the virus.”

The Chinese Government has started pointing at the U.S. as the cause of the coronavirus outbreak. Chinese authorities have recently protested U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo for calling the virus the “Wuhan virus” and President Trump for claiming the virus is an “outbreak that originated from China.”

U.S. Officials: We fully support Turkey

Successive messages of support came from the U.S. to Turkey after the treacherous attacks on Idlib by the Assad regime. Kelly Craft, the Permanent Representative of the US to the UN, said, “We support Turkey’s right to retaliate against the illegitimate attacks that resulted in soldiers’ deaths.”

At the emergency meeting organized by the UNSecurity Council, Craft spoke about growing tension in Idlib.

Evaluating the attack against Turkish soldiers in Idlib yesterday, which resulted in 33 martyrs, Kelly Craft stated, “The US strongly condemns the attack on Turkish troops yesterday. These attacks are completely illegitimate, meaningless, and barbaric.”

Craft, who also sent condolences to the families and relatives of the soldiers who were killed in the attack, said, “The US will not hesitate to continue its commitment to its NATO ally Turkey. We support Turkey’s right to retaliate against these illegitimate attacks on the observation posts that resulted in soldiers’ deaths.”

“HOW MANY MORE BABIES MUST FREEZE TO DEATH?”

Kelly Craft called for an urgent, permanent, and verifiable ceasefire in Northwest Syria, stating, “We call on Russia to urgently ground their warplanes. We also invite Syrian forces and their supporter Russia to retreat to the ceasefire borders set in 2018.”

Pointing to the humanitarian situation in Syria, Craft said, “I’m going to ask you again, are we going to sit back and watch? Are we going to remain silent? Or will we deliver? How many more babies have to freeze to death before we raise our voices and say, “Enough!”

“THE ASSAD REGIME, RUSSIA, AND IRAN MUST END THEIR ATTACKS”

Secretary Pompeo issued a written statement about the attack on Turkish soldiers by the Russian-backed Assad regime in Idlib.

Stressing that he is on Turkey’s side, Pompeo described the attacks as “despicable and shameless” and said, “We send our condolences to the Turkish state for the soldiers who lost their lives. The US condemns this attack as strongly as possible.”

"THE ATTACKS MUST END"

Pompeo also called on the Assad regime and its supporters to stop their attacks on Idlib, stating, “these actions by the Assad regime, Russia, the Iranian regime, and Hezbollah directly prevent a ceasefire in Northern Syria. The attacks must end, humanitarian access must be granted, and a political solution must be developed in accordance with UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 2254.”

Pompeo also noted that the US is in touch with Turkey for preventing and alleviating the human suffering caused by “the regime and the Russian brutality,” and that they are evaluating possible ways to support Turkey.

Pompeo said that they would do their best to proclaim a truce across Syria, including in Idlib, as well as do their best to prevent the reintegration of the Assad regime into the international community until the regime fully complies with the UNSCR decision.

A SOLIDARITY STATEMENT FROM THE US TO TURKEY REGARDING THE IDLIB ISSUE

The US Department of State has announced that it has evaluated the fastest way to help Turkey regarding the current situation in Idlib.

The spokesperson of the State Department stated that intelligence sharing is currently active between the US and Turkey. It was also stated that they are discussing the fastest way to help Turkey in Idlib.

On the other hand, the spokesperson also noted that the attacks carried out in Idlib was a product of the close relationship between the regime and Russia. It was also noted that the regime couldn’t carry out any airstrikes without the support and approval of Russia.

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