"On behalf of the Department of State, I would like to wish a Merry Christmas to all those celebrating." — Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, December 25, 2018 #MerryChristmas
The United States conveys our deepest condolences for the loss of life and destruction from the tsunami that struck West Java and southern Sumatra, Indonesia, on December 22. We continue to monitor the situation closely and are in close communication with Indonesian authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those in Indonesia affected by the natural disaster. We are currently not aware of any U.S. citizens directly affected, but stand ready to assist as needed.Tsunami in West Java and Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
"From our family to yours, wishing our State Department team and the American people we serve a very Merry Christmas, a happy holiday season, and a happy new year! May your days be full of peace and your New Year filled with joy. Look forward to seeing you around the world in 2019!" -- Secretary of State Michael R. PompeoSecretary Pompeo on Twitter
“From our family to yours, wishing our @StateDept team and the American people we serve a very #MerryChristmas, a happy holiday season, and a happy new year! May your days be full of peace and your New Year filled with joy. Look forward to seeing you around the world in #2019!”
Each week, we recap the latest from the U.S. Department of State and cover a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives. Go to https://blogs.state.gov to read more.This Week at State: December 21, 2018
Read Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo's interview with Steve Inskeep of NPR.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi. The Secretary discussed the recent territorial defeat of ISIS in Syria and underlined U.S. commitment to Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity noting the Coalition will continue to work closely with Iraqi Security Forces to defeat ISIS remnants. The Secretary also reiterated his support for the continuation and deepening of the long-standing U.S.-Iraq partnership, as articulated in the Strategic Framework Agreement.Secretary Pompeo's Call With Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Iraqi President Barham Salih. Secretary Pompeo discussed the recent territorial defeat of ISIS in Syria with President Salih and reaffirmed U.S. support for Iraq as it continues to fight ISIS remnants and builds a more stable, prosperous future. The Secretary also stressed the importance of our long-term bilateral partnership, anchored by the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, and the necessity of supporting Iraq’s economic development and independence.Secretary Pompeo's Call With Iraqi President Barham Salih
The Nica Act sends another strong message that the United States will continue to press the Ortega regime for a return to democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. We stand with the people of Nicaragua as they demand early, free, fair and transparent elections.United States Actions To Promote Democracy in Nicaragua
Read about the Trump Administration's new Africa strategy.A New Africa Strategy
Ambassador John Bolton delivered remarks laying out the Trump Administration's new Africa strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC on December 13.
The Troika (United States, Norway, and the UK) join the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in condemning the appalling harassment and abuse of monitors from the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mission (CTSAMVM) on Tuesday, December 18. We are particularly concerned at reports that the attack on the monitors was carried out by the South Sudanese National Security Service. It is imperative that the Government of South Sudan investigate and hold accountable those found responsible. Any action that compromises the safety, integrity, and free movement of the CTSAMVM mission is unacceptable and a breach of the September 12th Peace Agreement, to which the Government of South Sudan is a party. CTSAMVM’s verification mission is essential to ensuring accountability for actions that undermine peace. In doing so, it plays an essential role in building the confidence needed if a lasting peace in South Sudan is to be realized.Joint Statement on Harassment of East African Monitoring Group Near Juba
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy answers questions on U.S. Africa policy including the Trump administration's new Africa strategy at the Department of State on December 21, 2018.LiveAtState with Ambassador Tibor Nagy, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs
The United States is disappointed by the Government of Bangladesh’s inability to grant credentials and issue visas within the timeframe necessary to conduct a credible international monitoring mission to the majority of international election monitors from the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), which the United States funded through the National Democratic Institute. As a result, ANFREL was forced to cancel its observation mission for the December 30 national election. The lack of an international observation mission makes it even more important for the Government of Bangladesh to complete the accreditation of all the local NGOs that constitute the Election Working Group, which includes some funded by USAID, so they can conduct the vital work of monitoring the election.
In the lead up to any democratic election there must be space for peaceful expression and assembly; for independent media to do its job covering electoral developments; for participants to have access to information; and for all individuals to be able to partake in the electoral process without harassment, intimidation, or violence. We encourage the Government of Bangladesh to uphold its commitment to a democratic process by ensuring all Bangladeshis are free to peacefully express themselves and participate in December 30 election.
The the United States Government announced historic action to confront the illegal immigration crisis facing the United States.United States Action To Confront Illegal Immigration
As a longtime veteran of law enforcement and security, Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent Wendy Bashnan – the first woman to serve as Director of the NATO Office of Security – jumped at the opportunity to work in a large international organization. Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xExhV‘Standing on the Sidelines of History’: Diplomatic Security Agent Wendy Bashnan Directs NATO Security
As a longtime veteran of law enforcement and security, Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent Wendy Bashnan – the first woman to serve as Director of the NATO Office of Security – jumped at the opportunit
Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, participates in a "LiveAtState" discussion on December 18, 2018.LiveAtState with Ambassador Kurt Volker
"The United States welcomes Bulgaria’s defense modernization plans and looks forward to the country’s imminent selection of a new multirole fighter aircraft." -- Secretary of State Michael R. PompeoBulgaria's Defense Modernization
On Wednesday in Warsaw, Deputy Secretary John Sullivan reaffirmed to Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz the United States’ ironclad commitment to the NATO Alliance and celebrated the centennial of Poland’s reclaimed independence. He applauded the continued strengthening of our bilateral relationship and commended Poland for the country’s commitment to spend 2.5% of GDP on defense by 2030. He also witnessed the signing of an agreement between the Polish Oil and Natural Gas Company (PGNiG) and Sempra Energy, which will assist in energy diversification for Poland.
While in Poland, he also met with President Duda’s Chief of Staff, Minister Szczerski, as well as representatives from civil society and the business community.
Nearly 100,000 United Nations (UN) peacekeepers help stabilize conflict-affected countries, maintain peace and security, and protect civilians around the world. The UN requires all personnel to meet strict standards to qualify for service as peacekeepers and to uphold the highest standards of conduct, professionalism, and accountability while they are deployed. While the vast majority of men and women who serve do so with honor and integrity, acts of misconduct unfortunately do occur, including incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) against the very people peacekeepers are deployed to protect. Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xExhPGlobal Peace Operations Initiative Combats Sexual Violence and Abuse with Training in Nepal
Nearly 100,000 United Nations (UN) peacekeepers help stabilize conflict-affected countries, maintain peace and security, and protect civilians around the world.
To help elevate the status of women around the globe, the U.S. Department of State recently convened more than 100 business owners, community leaders, and peacekeepers on two important International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLP). Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xExhUStrengthening Global Networks of Women in Business and Security
To help elevate the status of women around the globe, the U.S. Department of State recently convened more than 100 business owners, community leaders, and peacekeepers on two important International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLP).
On December 17-18, the United States and Europol convened the seventh meeting of the Law Enforcement Coordination Group (LECG) on countering Hizballah’s terrorist and illicit activities in Europe. Governments from the Middle East, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America participated in this session, along with Europol and INTERPOL. Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xExhnSeventh Meeting of the Law Enforcement Coordination Group Focused on Countering Hizballah's Terrorist Activities