US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has delayed and cut in half his trip to Morocco. In an earlier communication, the State Department announced that Pompeo would be in Morocco December 4-6 to meet King Mohammed VI. Instead, the secretary has shortened his trip to one day, Thursday, December 5.
Pompeo has been attending the NATO Leaders Meeting with President Donald Trump in London. Instead of travelling to Morocco , he moved forward a day of meetings in Portugal to Wednesday, December 4, and delayed his Morocco trip by one day.
In Portugal, Pompeo is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
A former American ambassador, Gerald Feierstein, highlighted the relationship between Morocco and the US in an interview with state-owned news agency Maghreb Arab Press ahead of Pompeo’s trip. “The U.S. clearly continues to look to Morocco to help advance important regional objectives, including combating violent extremism and promoting a just and sustainable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.”