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Mike Pompeo takes oath as US Secretary of State

Mike Pompeo takes oath as US Secretary of State

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 27 Apr 2018, 09:28 am

Washington, Apr 27 (IBNS): The US government has said former CIA director Mike Pompeo has been appointed as the country's Secretary of State.

Mike Pompeo was sworn in as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State on Apr 26.

"The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President's chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President's foreign policies through the State Department, which includes the Foreign Service, Civil Service, and U.S. Agency for International Development," the US State Department said in a statement.

"The Senate voted 57-42 to approve him as America's top diplomat, the second of the Trump presidency," the BBC reported.

He replaced  Rex Tillerson.

He was removed from the post by US President Donald Trump  recently.

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert tweeted: "Just spoke with #MikePompeo our 70th Secretary of State, says he’s 'delighted to be Secretary of State, completely humbled by the responsibility and looking forward to getting to work' First stop #nato ministerial."

UK's top diplomat Boris Johnson congratulated Pompeo and tweeted: "Many congratulations to my new US colleague, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Very much look forward to working together on our many common interests and our shared foreign policy challenges."


Image: US Department of State

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Erdogan's Turkey turns Hagia Sophia into a mosque again 11 Jul 2020, 01:37 pm