U.S. Secretary of State postpones visit to Belarus

On January 6, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Uladzimir Makey spoke on the phone with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“During the conversation the U.S. Foreign Minister explained the reasons for postponing his visit to Belarus,” the Belarusian Foreign Ministry reports. During the discussion of the situation in the Middle East region Uladzimir Makey expressed his condemnation of any actions that violate the privileges and immunities of diplomatic missions provided by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

The exact reason for the postponement of the visit is not mentioned in the Foreign Ministry statement. It is probably due to the deteriorating situation in the Middle East.

On January 3, by order of U.S. President Donald Trump, the U.S. military killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force special unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, in Baghdad. In response, the Iraqi authorities have imposed restrictions on the ground and air movement of international coalition forces throughout the country. And Iran has promised to give the US “second Vietnam”.