Did you miss any key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote will recap the latest U.S. Department of State highlights covering a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives. Here are the highlights from This Week at State:
Secretary Tillerson Traveled to East Asia
U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson concluded his first trip to the East Asia and Pacific Region with a final stop in Beijing, China on March 18. While in Beijing, Secretary Tillerson held meetings with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and President Xi Jinping to discuss a range of bilateral and multilateral issues, including strategic coordination to address the advancing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea.
“Since the historic opening of relations between our two countries more than 40 years ago, the U.S.-China relationship has been guided by an understanding of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation. It is important that the leaders of our two countries engage in further dialogue to develop a common understanding that will guide our relationship for the next half-century.” -- Secretary Tillerson’s remarks at press availability with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi
Prior to visiting China, Secretary Tillerson traveled to Japan and the Republic of Korea for meetings with senior officials to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues, including the growing threat presented by Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Secretary Tillerson Convened The Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS
On March 22, the U.S. Department of State hosted the Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS, the first full meeting of the Coalition since 2014. The Ministerial was an opportunity for Coalition members to review and redouble current efforts to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands. In his remarks before Coalition partners, Secretary Tillerson reaffirmed that the goal of the Coalition remains to defeat ISIS. He also outlined how the Coalition’s military campaign in coordination with civilian stabilization and normalization efforts in Iraq and Syria will lead to the destruction and defeat of ISIS.
U.S. Extended Condolences after Attack in London
President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Tillerson extended condolences to the victims and people of the United Kingdom following the March 22 terrorist attack in London.
“On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference.” -- Secretary Tillerson’s statement on the attack in London
President Trump spoke with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to offer his condolences following the attack, praising the quick work of security forces and first responders. President Trump pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.
U.S. Opposed UN Human Rights Council Agenda Item Seven
The United States’ opposition to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council’s Agenda Item Seven: “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.”
As an expression of our deeply-held conviction that this bias must be addressed in order for the Council to realize its legitimate purpose, the United States made the decision not to attend the Council’s Item Seven General Debate session.
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