Pompeo to Travel to Mediterranean Countries and Vatican to Bolster Ties, Promote Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel next week to Greece, Italy, the Holy See and Croatia in a bid to shore up bilateral ties and promote religious freedom.

In Greece, Mr. Pompeo will undertake measures to improve economic ties and security cooperation between the nations. The secretary and Greek officials will sign a memorandum of understanding on science and technology.

While the top U.S. diplomat’s visit to Greece last October was limited to Athens, Mr. Pompeo next week will visit both Thessaloniki, home to Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, and Crete, home to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. On Crete, Mr. Pompeo will visit U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay.

The trip will be the first by a U.S. secretary of state to Thessaloniki, which a senior department official described as a “gateway to the Balkans in terms of investment and trade.”

Mr. Pompeo also will host a gathering of leaders

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