Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to the media on the sidelines of the Arctic Council ministers' working dinner at the Arktikum museum in Rovaniemi, Finland, Monday, May 6, 2019. The U.S. is dispatching an aircraft carrier and other military resources to the Middle East following what it says are indications that Iran and its proxy forces are preparing to possibly attack U.S. forces in the region. (Mandel Ngan/Pool Photo via AP)

Pompeo meeting with Merkel cancelled over 'pressing issues'

May 07, 2019 - 2:11 am

BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. State Department says a planned meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chancellor Angela Merkel has been canceled.

Pompeo was due to meet Merkel and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin on Tuesday.

The State Department said the meetings have had to be rescheduled due to "pressing issues" but offered no further comment on why.

Neither Merkel's nor Mass's office had any immediate comment.

Pompeo has been taking part in a meeting of the Arctic Council in Finland. It wasn't immediately clear where he would be heading next.

The State Department says Pompeo "looks forward to being in Berlin soon" to hold the "important set of meetings" that had been scheduled.