Pompeo urges top Chinese diplomat on full transparency on coronavirus outbreak

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, speaks as Chinese Communist Party Office of Foreign Affairs Director Yang Jiechi listens as the two countries hold a joint news conference after participating in a second diplomatic and security meeting at the U.S. Department of State, Washington, U.S., November 9, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday stressed to Chian’s top diplomat the need for full transparency and information sharing to fight against the coronavirus outbreak, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

In a telephone conversation with Yang Jiechi, Pompeo talked about the ‘high importance’ the Unites States attached to China’s facilitation of medical supply exports to meet critical demand in the United States.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk

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