US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "spent a fair amount of time" talking about the situation in Syria during his meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin on Thursday, Pompeo said while speaking alongside Maas to the press.
"Heiko and I spent a fair amount of time this morning, as he said, talking about Syria. The United States will continue to monitor the ceasefire and hold human rights violators there accountable. We're investigating allegations of war crimes and we'll continue to deliver on our humanitarian mission there. And we'll keep urging Russia and Turkey and the regime and its allies not to take steps that would further destabilize that already difficult region that has caused the mass displacement and refugee flows that we have already seen," Pompeo said.
Pompeo also praised Germany as a "great partner" in supporting US efforts to denuclearize North Korea, "trying to achieve democracy in Venezuela…. in ascribing responsibility for the Iran attacks, for the attacks by Iran on Saudi oil facilities."
Pompeo also said he would be visiting the synagogue in Halle where an anti-Semitic attack took place last month.
For his part, Maas said that "the USA remain Europe's most important ally and Germany's most important ally outside of Europe," and that he and Pompeo discussed "all the differences there are with Ankara at the moment, but in the end we concluded that despite these differences Ankara is a partner of NATO, a crucial partner and therefore the window for dialogue towards Ankara must remain open."
The US Secretary of State is on a two-day visit of Germany, which comes during the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.