U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Slovenia’s foreign minister signed a joint declaration on 5G technology, Thursday, August 13, in Slovenia.
READ MORE: State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said the memorandum of understanding signed Thursday in Slovenia recognizes “the critical importance of 5G security – both within NATO and the EU.” In a tweet she said “Slovenia joins a growing community of nations dedicated to protecting their security, privacy and intellectual property.”
Over the past year, European countries, including Poland, Estonia and the Czech Republic, have signed agreements with the United States pledging that 5G suppliers would not be subject to control by a foreign government without independent judicial review, which effectively excludes Chinese firms.
Pompeo’s visit to Slovenia is the first by a U.S. secretary of state since 2011.
His schedule Thursday included meetings with Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa and President Borut Pahor.