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
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
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.