Summary

  • Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo traveled to Germany from November 6-8 to underscore important bilateral relationships, meet with key leaders, and commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • On November 6, the Secretary arrived in Germany, where he visited Grafenwohr, Vilseck, Modlareuth, and Leipzig to participate in events to commemorate the end of the Cold War and to highlight the United States’ critical role in helping tens of millions of people in Eastern and Central Europe throw off the yoke of communism. In Leipzig, Secretary Pompeo met with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to discuss the importance of our Transatlantic partnership and the need for strengthened engagement in the face of growing threats from Russia, China, and Iran.
  • The Secretary then traveled to Berlin, where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, and Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz to discuss areas of mutual cooperation and concern. While in Berlin, the Secretary also delivered a speech on the continuing imperative to defend free nations and free peoples.

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future