Dept of State – Press Releases

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  • Press Releases: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Independence Day
    Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC October 29, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on your 39th anniversary of independence on October 27. This year, we celebrate the commencement of direct flights between our two countries, reinforcing our strong ties and shared friendship based on mutual support of democracy, prosperity, and security. We look forward to strengthening our cooperation in support of human rights and democracy and to continuing our work to implement Caribbean 2020. The United States values the positive relationship between our two countries, and wishes the citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines a happy Independence Day celebration. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-10-29
    6 months ago
  • Press Releases: Uganda National Day
    Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC October 9, 2018 On behalf of the United States, I wish to congratulate the people of Uganda on the 56th anniversary of your independence. Uganda has long been an important partner of the United States. We have worked together for years to increase global peace and security, combat the spread of infectious diseases, and grow our economies to promote the prosperity of our people. We appreciate this spirit of partnership and look forward to building upon our strong ties in strengthening democratic institutions and basic freedoms, support of economic development, and other issues of mutual interest. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-10-09
    6 months ago
  • Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi
    Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 5, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Pompeo welcomed Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to the Department of State in Washington, DC today. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Marsudi reaffirmed the U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership, agreeing that the United States and Indonesia should continue to work together, as two major democracies, promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Marsudi also discussed regional issues, such as North Korea and the South China Sea, and committed to deepening counterterrorism cooperation. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-05
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Department Press Briefing – June 5, 2018
    Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC June 5, 2018 Index for Today's Briefing USAID EXPO 2020 SINGAPORE NORTH KOREA ?ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS GERMANY ?ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS ?TURKEY/SYRIA IRAN ISRAEL/GERMANY ?TURKEY TRANSCRIPT: 3:26 p.m. EDT MS NAUERT: Hi, everybody. QUESTION: Hello. MS NAUERT: How are you all doing today? A couple quick notes, not the marathon notes I had for you last time, if you recall those. Just a couple quick announcements before we get started today. USAID Administrator Mark Green wraps up his 50th Annual Tidewater Meeting of Development Ministers. USAID co-hosted this year’s meeting with Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, who is the chair of the development assistance committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This gathering, the first to be hosted in the United States since 2010, was an opportunity for representatives from donor governments, the private sector, and development banks to discuss the challenges that are facing the international development community. This year’s discussions focused on building developing countries’ capacities to finance and manage their own development. The group also ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-05
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Establishment of the Health Incidents Response Task Force
    Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 5, 2018 At my request, Deputy Secretary Sullivan established a task force on May 23 to direct a multi-agency response to the unexplained health incidents that have affected a number of U.S. government personnel and family members stationed overseas. The Health Incidents Response Task Force serves as the coordinating body for Department and interagency activities, including identification and treatment of affected personnel and family members, investigation and risk mitigation, messaging, and diplomatic outreach. The Task Force includes interagency partners, such as the Departments of Health and Human Services, Commerce, Justice, Defense and Energy, as well as other members of the foreign affairs community. ​At this time, 24 U.S. government personnel and family members who served in Cuba have been medically-confirmed as having symptoms and clinical findings similar to those noted following concussion or minor traumatic brain injury. On May 16, 2018, a U.S. government employee serving in China was medically-confirmed with similar findings. The precise nature of the injuries suffered by the affected personnel, and whether a common cause exists for all cases, has not yet been established. U.S. government personnel and family members at affected locations have been directed to alert their mission’s medical unit if they note new onset of symptoms that may have begun in association with ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-05
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Senior State Department Officials on the U.S.-Turkish Working Group on Syria
    Special Briefing Senior State Department Officials Via Teleconference June 5, 2018 MODERATOR: Good morning, and thanks so much for joining us for today’s background call on the U.S.-Turkish working group on Syria. Joining us today we have [Senior State Department Official One]. He’ll be referred to as Senior State Department Official One. Also joining us is [Senior State Department Official Two]. He’ll be referred to as Senior State Department Official Number Two. As a reminder, the call is on background and the contents of the call are embargoed until the call ends. With that, I’ll hand it over to our Senior State Department Official One. Hi, [Senior State Department Official One], go ahead. SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: Thanks, [Moderator]. Yesterday the Secretary of State and the Turkish foreign minister endorsed a roadmap which is a broad political framework designed to fulfill the commitment that the United States had made to move the YPG east of the Euphrates and to do so in a way that contributes to security and stability of Manbij and in a fashion that is mutually agreed between the United States and Turkey in every aspect. It’s important to note that this is a broad political framework, and the implementation of this will require details that remain to be negotiated – and as I said, they will need to be ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-05
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: The Importance of an Independent Anti-Corruption Court for Ukraine
    Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 5, 2018 The United States calls on the government of Ukraine to implement deep, comprehensive, and timely reforms that reflect the demands the people of Ukraine made during the Revolution of Dignity: an end to systemic corruption, faster economic growth, and a European future for all Ukrainians. The establishment of a genuinely independent anti-corruption court is the most important, immediate step the government can take to meet those demands and roll back corruption that continues to threaten Ukraine’s national security, prosperity, and democratic development. The United States fully supports the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which will determine whether a new law establishing the court is consistent with Ukraine’s commitments under its IMF program. We agree with the IMF that any legislation establishing an anti-corruption court must include a central role for a council of international experts to ensure the selection of qualified judges. The United States wants to be clear that legislation establishing the court must satisfy the IMF, which provides essential financial support to the Ukrainian government. We, therefore, encourage the Ukrainian government to discuss relevant legislative proposals directly with the IMF and to pass a bill that meets IMF requirements. The anti-corruption court has important work to do on behalf of the people of Ukraine. ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-05
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Support for Ongoing Defeat ISIS Operations in Syria
    Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 5, 2018 We welcome the launch on Sunday of operations by the Syrian Democratic Forces against ISIS terrorists in Dashisha, Syria. Dashisha is a notorious ISIS stronghold in northeast Syria from which ISIS has terrorized the Syrian and Iraqi people for many years. These operations have been planned over many months in coordination with Iraqi forces across the border to ensure ISIS terrorists have no escape. The Department of State has been proud to lend diplomatic support through this planning process together with our Department of Defense colleagues and Coalition Partners. The Department of State is also focused on the phase after ISIS. We will help ensure that the Government of Iraq has the support it needs to fully secure it borders against ISIS and other terrorist threats, pursuant to our Strategic Framework Agreement with Iraq. We will also work to ensure that all the diverse people of northeast Syria, including Arabs, Kurds, Christian, and Turkmen, have an appropriate say in defining the future of Syria pursuant to the political process set forth in the UN Security Council Resolution 2254. The fighting over the days ahead will be extremely difficult. We have full confidence in our partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces, and we are proud to work with them to ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-05
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Sweden National Day
    Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 5, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations and happiness as you celebrate the 209th anniversary of your constitution on June 6th. The Swedish-U.S. relationship dates back centuries, to 1638 when the first Swedish immigrants arrived at Nya Sverige on the Delaware River. We are proud to have 200 years of unbroken diplomatic relations. Our special friendship is strengthened by the daily contributions of Americans of Swedish heritage to so many areas of American life: technology, culture, sports, science, and more. Your constitution reflects many of our bedrock, shared values of democracy and freedom. Together, we work as partners to defeat ISIS, to bolster economic and human rights-based development in the world, and to prosper from joint trade and investment. As a valued NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner, you are a leader on the global stage, and Sweden’s commitment to addressing world development challenges makes you one of our strongest bilateral partners. In the Arctic, your contributions to research and development have strengthened global knowledge of the region. As you mark this special day with friends and family, the United States wishes you peace and prosperity in the coming year. ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-05
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in the Organization of American States General Assembly
    Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 4, 2018 Secretary Pompeo participated today in the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly in Washington, D.C. with foreign ministers and senior representatives of other OAS member states. As the OAS celebrates the 70th anniversary of its charter, member states took stock of the important work the OAS has accomplished to advance hemispheric peace, security, human rights, understanding between nations, and prosperity for our societies. The Secretary called on member states to live up to the purposes and principles of the OAS Charter as well as the mechanisms provided for in the Inter-American Democratic Charter and to suspend Venezuela from the organization due to its failure to respect democratic rule and constitutional order. He urged the Nicaraguan government to implement the recommendations issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights May 21 in order to seek peaceful resolution to the recent unrest and ensure respect for human rights. He also pressed member states to put the OAS on more sustainable financial footing by implementing a new quota payment system. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-04
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira
    Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 4, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Today Secretary Pompeo met with Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira. The Secretary remarked on the importance of our strong bilateral relationship and expressed appreciation for Brazil’s support in advancing mutual priorities in the region and globally. The Secretary reaffirmed the importance of the recent launch of the U.S.-Brazil Permanent Forum on Security, our ongoing joint bilateral law enforcement initiative to address transnational crime. During the meeting, they discussed how best to address the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, especially the lack of credibility and legitimacy of the elections on May 20. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-04
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Violence at the June 2 Opposition March in Bamako, Mali
    Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 4, 2018 The United States condemns the Government of Mali’s refusal to allow the opposition political march that was requested for June 2, and the subsequent use of violence and tear gas by security forces to break up the peaceful protest by political opposition leaders in Bamako. Attacking unarmed marchers engaged in peaceful dialogue is an affront to core democratic values. The United States urges the Government of Mali to allow for peaceful assembly by all citizens and groups, and encourages the government to support public dialogue, freedom of association, and freedom of expression at all times and particularly now, in advance of the July elections. The Malian people, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-04
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Volcanic Eruption in Guatemala
    Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 4, 2018 The United States will assist the families affected by Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who perished as a result of this terrible natural disaster. Our Embassy in Guatemala is in touch with Guatemalan authorities and stands ready to support their efforts as needed. We express our steadfast support for the Guatemalan people during this difficult time. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-04
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Remarks at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS)
    Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State OAS Headquarters Washington, DC June 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you, Secretary General Almagro and your team, for organizing this 48th General Assembly of the OAS. We are incredibly grateful for your leadership. It is a pleasure to be here at the OAS for the first time as Secretary of State of the United States of America, and I am delighted to meet many of my fellow foreign ministers here and today. I would also like to acknowledge the great work of our permanent representative, Ambassador Trujillo, and his team, and – as well as all of those – work of the perm-reps to the Organization of American States. Before I continue, I’d like to express our solidarity with the Guatemalan people and send our condolences to the families and loved ones of those who perished as a result of the volcano eruption in Guatemala on Sunday. Just as we did when this first body met 70 years ago, the United States continues to place a great deal of value on the OAS and its role in forging a hemisphere distinguished by democracy, peace, respect for human rights, and cooperation. We must all do our part to strengthen the OAS to deal ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-04
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Suicide Bombing on Ulema Council Meeting
    Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 4, 2018 The United States condemns the suicide attack on religious leaders and scholars in Kabul who gathered in the name of peace. Prior to the bombing, Afghanistan’s ulema issued a fatwa that rejected any justification for jihad against the Government of Afghanistan, denied the legitimacy of suicide attacks under Islamic law, and called on all parties to halt fighting. Today’s attack targeting civilians and those religious leaders working towards peace in Afghanistan exposes the terrorists’ inhumanity and contradicts the Islamic principles and legitimacy they claim to defend. The United States stands by the Afghan government, Afghan security forces, and supports the Afghan ulema in their efforts to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan. We remain committed to supporting the Afghan people’s efforts to achieve peace, security, and democracy for their country. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-04
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Denmark National Day
    Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 4, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations on your Constitution Day on June 5th. Our countries have maintained diplomatic relations since 1801, and our friendship is robust and deeply rooted in our shared values. In the Arctic, championing human rights, promoting stability, strengthening civil society, and expanding trade and investment, Denmark has been a true and faithful partner. American ties to the Kingdom stretch from Greenland, where American scientists conduct research, to the Faroe Islands where we work together on economic diversification, and to Denmark itself. We value this important relationship and our mutual goals for peace and security so evident in our NATO Alliance. As you celebrate democracy and the importance of civic responsibility, know that your American partners share those same ideals and wish you happiness in the years to come. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-06-04
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Mother’s Day Violence in Nicaragua
    Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 31, 2018 The United States condemns the Nicaraguan government’s violent response to peaceful Mother’s Day marches in Managua and other cities yesterday, including assaults on mothers mourning their children killed since protests began April 18. The United States also condemns the beatings of journalists and attacks against local TV and radio stations. The international community and the citizens of Nicaragua have repeatedly urged the Nicaraguan government to order its police and thugs to stop the violence, respect human rights, and create conditions for a peaceful path forward. Those individuals responsible for human rights violations will be held accountable by the international community in international fora. The United States urges an immediate investigation by the independent interdisciplinary group of experts to investigate the deaths and violence in Nicaragua, as agreed upon by the Nicaraguan government and Inter American Commission on Human Rights. Despite the suspension of the church-led dialogue, the United States supports peaceful negotiations to end the crisis. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-05-31
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: India and Pakistan Agree To Uphold Ceasefire
    Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 31, 2018 The United States welcomes reports that the militaries of India and Pakistan have reaffirmed their commitment to fully implement the 2003 ceasefire along the Line of Control. The normalization of relations between Pakistan and India is vital to both countries and the region. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-05-31
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Amendments to the Terrorist Designations of al-Nusrah Front
    Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 31, 2018 The Department of State has amended the designation of al-Nusrah Front – an al-Qa’ida affiliate in Syria – to include Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other aliases. These aliases have been added to al-Nusrah Front’s designations as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224. In January 2017, al-Nusrah Front launched the creation of HTS as a vehicle to advance its position in the Syrian uprising and to further its own goals as an al-Qa’ida affiliate. Since January 2017, the group has continued to operate through HTS in pursuit of these objectives. The Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, noted that “today’s designation serves notice that the United States is not fooled by this al-Qa’ida affiliate’s attempt to rebrand itself. Whatever name Nusrah chooses, we will continue to deny it the resources it seeks to further its violent cause.” Today’s actions notify the U.S. public and the international community that HTS is an alias of al-Nusrah Front. Terrorism designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments. ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-05-31
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs Release of Foreign Relations of the United States
    Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 31, 2018 The Department of State released today this second, revised edition of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977–1980, Volume IX, Arab-Israeli Dispute, August 1978–December 1980. As part of the Foreign Relations subseries devoted to the foreign policy of the administration of President Jimmy Carter, this volume is the second of two volumes that document U.S. efforts to achieve a negotiated settlement to the Arab-Israeli dispute. This revised edition incorporates critical material found since the publication of the first edition in 2014. This added material consists largely of personal handwritten notes taken at the September 5–17, 1978, Camp David summit by Samuel W. Lewis, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 1978 until 1985. Department of State historians found these notes while researching volumes for the administration of President Ronald Reagan, amidst Department material dating largely from the 1980s. Discovered subsequent to the initial publication of Foreign Relations, 1977–1980, volume IX, Arab-Israeli Dispute, August 1978–December 1980, these documents add significantly to the record of U.S. diplomacy at Camp David. While they do not alter substantively the portrait of U.S. diplomacy at the summit already represented in the first edition of the volume, this material enhances the documentary record. Department of State historians also located a more complete version of a document already published in ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-05-31
    11 months ago
  • Press Releases: U.S. Department of State Concludes $30 Million Settlement of Alleged Export Violations by FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 25, 2018 The Department of State has concluded an administrative settlement with FLIR Systems, Inc. of Wilsonville, Oregon, to resolve alleged violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), 22 U.S.C. § 2751 et seq., and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130. The Department of State and FLIR have reached this settlement following an extensive compliance review by the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance in the Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. The U.S. Department of State and FLIR have reached an agreement pursuant to ITAR § 128.11 to address alleged unauthorized exports of defense articles, including technical data; the unauthorized provision of defense services; violation of the terms of provisos or other limitations of license authorizations; and the failure to maintain specific records involving ITAR-controlled transactions. FLIR’s alleged unauthorized exports also included the retransfer of ITAR-controlled technical data and provision of defense services to dual national employees of Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Cuba to which the United States restricts exports of defense articles and defense services. The settlement demonstrates the Department’s role in strengthening U.S. industry by protecting U.S. defense articles, including technical data, from unauthorized export through the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs’ Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). The settlement also highlights the importance ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-04-25
    12 months ago
  • Press Releases: Fortune’s Most Powerful Women To Mentor 16 Women From Around the World
    Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 24, 2018 Global women leaders from 13 countries arrived in the United States this week for the Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. The 16 participants will spend a month engaging in skills trainings, panel discussions, networking events, and mentorships with executives from the Fortune Most Powerful Women community. This partnership leverages the expertise of American leaders in the public and private sectors to support women’s economic empowerment. The United States is a leader in championing gender equality. Now in its 13th year, this program includes over 300 alumnae who have worked with mentors from America’s most prestigious companies, such as Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, and Accenture. This year’s class of emerging-leader mentees includes women from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Kenya, Macedonia, Mongolia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, and Vietnam. The program is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State, Fortune Most Powerful Women, and Vital Voices Global Partnership. For press inquiries, contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at [email protected]. Follow #FortuneMPW on social media for updates. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-04-24
    12 months ago
  • Press Releases: Joint Statement of the Second Public-Private Sector Roundtable Discussion on U.S.-Japan Cooperation on Third Country Infrastructure
    Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2018 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Japan. Begin Text: Today, the U.S. Department of State and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of the cooperation under the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue led by Vice President Mike Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, hosted the Second Public-Private Sector Roundtable Discussion on U.S.-Japan Cooperation on Third Country Infrastructure. During the roundtable, a wide range of U.S. and Japanese government agencies and numerous companies identified avenues to expand cooperation to assist Indo-Pacific and other nations in securing quality infrastructure and best value solutions that meet their sustainable social and economic goals. More than 150 government officials and private sector representatives attended the roundtable and they identified specific activities in the areas of commercial cooperation, joint financing and risk mitigation, policy advocacy, and capacity building. Participants discussed opportunities to cooperate more effectively in the fields of (1) energy, (2) transportation, (3) water and sanitation, and (4) telecommunication. Participants welcomed concrete progress from U.S.-Japan cooperation, including: (1) A photovoltaic (solar power) project in Jordan, the first co-financing project from the MOU between Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI); ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-04-23
    12 months ago
  • Press Releases: Press Availability in Toronto, Canada
    Press Availability John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Toronto, Canada April 23, 2018 ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be here in Toronto for the G7 ministerial meeting. Toronto is a beautiful city (inaudible) and lovely weather, beautiful facilities here at the university. Very grateful for our hosts here. The Government of Canada and Foreign Minister Freeland has put together a terrific program for us. So on behalf of the United States and President Trump, I want to extend our sincerest appreciation to Canada and to Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Minister Freeland for their active leadership of the G7. The United States wholeheartedly supports the emphasis of our Canadian host on building a more peaceful and secure world for all. We also applaud Canada’s efforts to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment through strategic partnerships that seek to tackle challenges faced by women across the globe. Our conversations over the past few days have been very productive, and the U.S. remains committed to working closely with our G7 partners on all of the critical issues that we discussed, and we look forward to our leaders building upon our conversations when they gather in Charlevoix in June for the G7 leaders’ conference. Among the number of shared priorities discussed is our collective commitment to ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-04-23
    12 months ago
  • Press Releases: Acting Secretary Sullivan To Release the 2017 Human Rights Reports
    Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 19, 2018 Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan will deliver on-camera remarks on the release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador Michael Kozak from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will take questions in the Briefing Room immediately following Acting Secretary Sullivan’s remarks. Promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to who we are as a country, and the United States will continue to support those around the world struggling for human dignity and liberty. The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are required by U.S. law and document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories. Remarks will be open to the press and streamed live on www.state.gov. Journalists should be seated in the State Department’s Press Briefing Room (room 2209) no later than 12:45 p.m. It is accessible from the 23rd Street Entrance of the Department. Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-04-19
    1 year ago
  • Press Releases: On the Occasion of Israel’s National Day
    Press Statement John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC April 19, 2018 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I offer best wishes and congratulations to all Israelis as you mark the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence on April 19. The State of Israel has prevailed over every challenge it has faced over the past 70 years. In just a short time, the people of Israel have created a successful nation that has flourished and continues to thrive. The United States established our diplomatic presence in Jerusalem well before the State of Israel was born, over 170 years ago. This year, we look forward to opening the new Embassy of the United States in Jerusalem on May 14 which coincides with the 70th anniversary of President Truman recognizing the nascent State of Israel. Israel and the United States have an unshakeable bond that has endured and grown even stronger over the past seven decades. As President Trump said in Jerusalem last May, “…let us never forget that the bond between our two nations is woven together in the hearts of our people – and their love of freedom, hope, and dignity for all.” The United States will continue to be a steadfast ally of Israel and will stand together ... read more
    Source: Dept of State – Press ReleasesPublished on 2018-04-19
    1 year ago