Today, the Departments of State and the Treasury took joint action against Russia’s continued and blatant disregard for international norms. Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xExhRSanctions Announcement on Russia
"This week, as we release To Walk the Earth in Safety, the Department’s annual report on U.S. support worldwide for clearing landmines and other explosive remnants of war, it takes me back to one of the most powerful and moving experiences since becoming Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security this year. In August, I traveled to Vietnam’s Quang Tri province, along what had once been the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Vietnam." Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xExU7Vietnam: In a Legacy of War, a Path to Partnership
This week, as we release To Walk the Earth in Safety, the Department’s annual report on U.S. support worldwide for clearing landmines and other explosive remnants of war, it takes me back to one of the most powerful and moving experiences since becoming Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security this year.
The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has released the 17th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program. For more than 20 years, the United States has led the international donor community in promoting peace and security worldwide by partnering with nations to reduce the availability of excess, loosely-secured, or otherwise at-risk small arms and light weapons and munitions, as well as to address humanitarian hazards from landmines and unexploded ordnance in post-conflict countries. Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xExUV | Read the report here: https://go.usa.gov/xExUpTo Walk the Earth in Safety: New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction
Ambassador Nikki Haley delivers remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Middle East on December 18, 2018. A transcript is available at https://usun.state.gov/remarks/8869.UN Security Council Meeting on the Middle East
Ambassador James Jeffrey, U.S. Special Representative for Syria Engagement, delivers keynote address at the Atlantic Council's "The Future of U.S. Policy in Syria" program on December 17, 2018.Ambassador James Jeffrey on "The Future of U.S. Policy in Syria"
The United States and Mexico seek to continue modernizing our bilateral engagement to reflect changes in the world and to ensure our citizens directly benefit. We are committed to promoting strong regional economic growth, good jobs, and expanded opportunity for all of our citizens.
This declaration reflects the importance both countries attach to our bilateral relationship. The spirit of cooperation between our countries is strong with institutional, economic, familial, and cultural bonds that link the United States and Mexico and are the foundation of our bilateral relationship.
Read more here: https://go.usa.gov/xExUQ
Secretary Pompeo holds a joint press availability with Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and Canadian Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan, at Department of State on December 14, 2018. A transcript is available here: https://go.usa.gov/xExUNU.S.-Canada 2+2 Ministerial - Joint Press Availability
Secretary Pompeo and Acting Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs George Katrougalos deliver brief statements as part of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue at the Department of State on December 13, 2018. Read more about Secretary Pompeo's meeting with Acting Foreign Minister Katrougalos here: https://go.usa.gov/xEqSQU.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue
"The United States commends participants from the Yemen consultations in Sweden for making progress on key initiatives, including a cease-fire and withdrawal of forces in Hudaydah, prisoner exchanges, and opening humanitarian corridors to the city of Taiz. Although many details remain subject to further discussion, these consultations between the Republic of Yemen Government and the Houthis marked a pivotal first step. All parties have an opportunity to build upon this momentum and improve the lives of all Yemenis. Moving forward, all must continue to engage, de-escalate tensions, and cease ongoing hostilities. This is the best way to give these and future consultations a chance to succeed. The United States thanks UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths for his leadership on these efforts, continued optimism, and ability to inspire reconciliation. We also thank the Government of Sweden for hosting, as well as the governments of Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the many others that helped facilitate and support the consultations. The work ahead will not be easy, but we have seen what many considered improbable begin to take shape. Peace is possible. The end of these consultations can be the beginning of a new chapter for Yemen."
-- Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo
#ICYMI This week, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan hosted the first ministerial in many years dedicated to counterterrorism cooperation in the Western Hemisphere. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xEqSZState Department Hosts Ministerial on Counterterrorism Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere
Deputy Secretary Sullivan hosted the first ministerial in many years dedicated to counterterrorism cooperation in the Western Hemisphere in Washington, D.C. Senior officials from thirteen key North, Central, and South American partner countries and multiple U.S. agencies attended the gathering.
The work of the State Department benefits the “Peach State” of Georgia -- from Atlanta to Savannah -- in a number of areas including education, entrepreneurship, and food security.
Assistant to the President for National Security 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. Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xEqS4A 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.
Secretary Pompeo delivers remarks to the press at the United Nations, in New York City on December 12, 2018. A transcript is available here: https://go.usa.gov/xEqSaSecretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks to the Press at the United Nations
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Paris, France November 10-11.
On November 10, he will arrive in Paris, where he will join President Trump in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War, including visits to memorial sites and cemeteries to honor our shared sacrifice and reaffirm the Transatlantic Alliance. On November 11, Secretary Pompeo will attend the formal WWI commemoration ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe and a working lunch with international partners hosted by Foreign Minister Le Drian to discuss cooperation on global priorities, including ways to counter Iranian malign behavior and to advance the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The Secretary will also participate in the President’s meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Yesterday, during bilateral meetings in Washington, D.C., Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and the Sudanese Foreign Minister Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed discussed the launch of the “Phase II” framework for our bilateral engagement. Phase II is designed to expand our bilateral cooperation, facilitate meaningful reforms to enhance stability in Sudan, and achieve further progress in a number of areas of longstanding concern. The United States welcomes Sudan’s commitment to making progress in key areas. Those key areas include expanding counterterrorism cooperation, enhancing human rights protections and practices, including freedoms of religion and press, improving humanitarian access, ceasing internal hostilities and creating a more conducive environment for progress in Sudan’s peace process, taking steps to address certain outstanding terrorism-related claims, and adhering to UN Security Council resolutions related to North Korea. As part of this process, the United States is prepared to initiate the process of rescinding Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism if the determination is made that all of the relevant statutory criteria have been met, and if Sudan makes progress in addressing each of the six key areas of mutual concern prioritized by the Phase II framework. The United States is ready to cooperate with Sudan and to monitor progress as we seek meaningful developments for the benefit of the Sudanese people and the region.
The United States condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the November 5 kidnapping of students and staff from the Presbyterian Secondary School of Nkwen near Bamenda, Cameroon. We call for the immediate and safe return of these students and staff to their families. The United States expresses grave concern over the burgeoning Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon’s Northwest and Southwest regions. We urge an immediate halt to the indiscriminate targeting of civilians and burning of houses by Cameroonian government forces and to attacks perpetrated by both Anglophone separatists against security forces and civilians. The systematic intimidation based on ethnic and religious affiliation, including in Yaoundé and Douala, must stop. In memory of American missionary Charles Wesco and all others who have lost their lives in the Anglophone Crisis, we urge all sides to end the violence and enter into broad-based reconciliatory dialogue without preconditions.U.S. Concerned Over Violence Uptick in Cameroon
Find out how the State Department's work benefits the people of the “Centennial State,” Colorado. #State4StatesFrom Denver to Durango: The State Department's Impact on Colorado
The State Department's work benefits the “Centennial State” of Colorado and directly impacts its agro-business, eco-tourism, academic, and defense sectors among other areas.
"On behalf of the Department of State, I would like to wish all those celebrating #Diwali a joyous and prosperous holiday.
"Also known as the 'Festival of Lights,' this special occasion celebrates the triumph of light over darkness. Nearly a billion celebrants from around the world will light the diya, or lamp, as a reminder that good ultimately overcomes evil, understanding over ignorance, and kindness over animosity. Diwali is also a time of reflection and prayer when observers perform seva, or selfless service, without any expectation of reward or payment.
"As those celebrating decorate their homes with vibrant lights, I would also like to recognize the achievements of our friends in the United States observing Diwali who make important contributions to our country on a daily basis.
"Again, to those celebrating this joyous time I wish you a happy Diwali."
-- Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo
Yesterday, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Republic of Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides at the State Department. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Christodoulides agreed on the importance of enhancing the U.S.-Republic of Cyprus relationship and welcomed the signing by Foreign Minister Christodoulides and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell of the Statement of Intent on strengthening and developing the bilateral security relationship. The Statement of Intent will advance shared interests in combatting terrorism, enhancing maritime and border security, and promoting regional stability. The Secretary reaffirmed longstanding U.S. policy on resources in the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and also said the United States continues to support Cypriot-led, UN-facilitated efforts to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation, which would benefit all Cypriots.Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Republic of Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides
Learn how the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is working with #Malawi to revamp the nation’s power sector and advance economic opportunity for women.Women Are Powering Change in Malawi
With the completion of our five-year compact, MCC and the Government of Malawi have set the stage for more reliable power to be delivered across the country. At the same time, infrastructure upgrades and institutional reforms have secured the foundation for private sector investment while optimizing the potential benefits to women and local communities by promoting women’s economic empowerment through new job opportunities and reforms that incent...