“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. Pompeo
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivers remarks and administers the Oath of Office to the 150th Foreign Service Specialist Class, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on December 14, 2018. Go to https://careers.state.gov to learn more.
This week, as we released 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, Under Secretary of State Andrea Thompson reflects on one of her most powerful and moving experiences this year.
To Walk the Earth in Safety 17th Edition: U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction
The United States is the world’s single largest financial supporter of efforts to address humanitarian hazards from landmines and unexploded ordnance in post-conflict countries and to reduce the availability of excess, loosely-secured, or otherwise at-risk weapons and munitions. The release of the 17th edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, the Department of State’s annual report summarizing the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program, highlights our enduring commitment to making post-conflict communities safer and setting the stage for their recovery and development.
Iranian President Rouhani has once again called for the destruction of Israel. Rouhani also encouraged Muslims worldwide to unite against the United States. This is a dangerous and irresponsible step that will further deepen Iran’s isolation. The Iranian people know better and do not agree with their government, which has badly represented them to the world for 39 years. The people have suffered under this tyranny for far too long.
Secretary Pompeo: Reports that Russian vessels rammed and fired on the Ukrainian ships, injuring Ukrainian crewmen, before seizing three vessels, represent a dangerous escalation and a violation of international law.
The United States condemns this aggressive Russian action. We call on Russia to return to Ukraine its vessels and detained crew members, and to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its territorial waters.
In advance of World AIDS Day 2018, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver keynote remarks at the PEPFAR Faith Communities and HIV Technical Summit at the Department of State at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Watch the event live on www.state.gov.
The Secretary will announce the latest lifesaving results achieved under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), including additional progress that is being made under the PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020). Visit www.pepfar.gov to learn more.
“On behalf of the Government of the United States of America and all Americans, I express my solidarity with the people of India and the city of Mumbai on the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai terrorist attack. We stand with the families and friends of the victims, whose loved ones were lost in this act of barbarism, including six American citizens. The barbarity of 26/11 shocked the entire world.” Read the Secretary’s full statement here.
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On Small Business Saturday, learn about the U. S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Direct Line program, which provides opportunities for U.S. small and medium-sized businesses to hear from experts at U.S. diplomatic missions in over 190 countries, where our staffs are trained to identify promising market sectors and to help U.S. exporters capitalize on new opportunities. Read more and register for future Direct Line programs here.
Thanksgiving reminds us that sharing a meal brings communities closer together, at home and abroad. As a popular American holiday, it also helps us think about how important it is to give back and serve others. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs helps create these moments every day through exchange programs. Read about how exchange program participants spent Thanksgiving in the United States and find out how you can become involved in our exchange programs.
“I’m blessed to be leading the finest diplomatic corps in the world. The State Department team puts its heart and soul into the service of our nation. Susan and I appreciate these patriots’ and their families’ commitment to the mission, and wish all Americans a Happy Thanksgiving.” – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo
Special Rep Brian Hook: When companies do business with #Iran’s regime, they’re likely financing terrorism—possibly on their own soil. Our sanctions aim to deprive the regime from its ability to export terrorism. We are on alert for sanction evasion and won’t hesitate to stop it.
Students. Teachers. Exchange participants and alumni. Colleges and universities. Professionals. Volunteers. What do they have in common? They all bring the power of international education to life during International Education Week (IEW)!
IEW is an annual celebration of international exchange programs. Held November 12-16, 2018, IEW is a joint initiative organized by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.
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Today we wish a happy #VeteransDay2018 to all who have bravely defended our nation and continue to do so. Learn how veterans at the State Department are continuing their service to our country through the #VIPFellowship program.
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Happy Veterans Day! Today we show our respect, gratitude, and support for the veterans who have bravely defended our country. One of the ways the State Department continues to show support is through the #VIPFellowship program, a professional fellowship that provides veterans with an on ramp to a career in foreign affairs. #VeteransDay
Happy 243rd birthday @marines! We celebrate the service and commitment of Marines and we are very thankful for the men and women who protect our diplomatic posts around the world. #MarineCorpsBirthday
The United States Marine Corps has supported U.S. diplomacy since the founding of our nation. Today, Marine Security Guards (MSGs) stand duty 24 hours each day, seven days a week, at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. Happy birthday, Marines!
Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? Each week, we recap the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives. Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xPw2u