Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post.
Here are the key moments from This Week at State:
USAID Administrator and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Travel to Northern Iraq
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback led a U.S. delegation to northern Iraq June 30 - July 3 to visit persecuted ethnic and religious communities who were widely displaced and suffered unspeakable atrocities under the genocidal rule of ISIS.
Secretary Pompeo Meets with Global Leaders
On July 2, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq Jan Kubis, at the Department of State. Secretary Pompeo also attended President Donald J. Trump’s meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, at the White House.
State Department Provides Update on Iran Diplomacy
In a special briefing on July 2, Director of Policy Planning Brian Hook provided an update on the United States’ Iran diplomacy efforts.
The Secretary outlined a clear and compelling vision for a better future for the Iranian people. This future can only be realized, though, if Iran meets 12 demands to become a normal country. Normal countries don’t terrorize other nations, proliferate missiles, and impoverish their own people.
- Brian Hook, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Director of Policy Planning
United States Congratulates President-Elect of Mexico, Commends African Union Summit
Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert congratulated Mr. Lopez Obrador on his election as the next president of Mexico in a July 2 statement.
"We look forward to working with the Peña Nieto administration during the transition period, and with President-elect Lopez Obrador when the new administration takes office on December 1, to continue strengthening our partnership and advancing common goals for both our nations.”
- Spokesperson Nauert
In a separate statement on July 2, Spokesperson Nauert commended the African Union (AU) on the 31st AU Summit, held in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
Secretary Pompeo Speaks with Russian Foreign Minister
Secretary Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke on July 3. The two discussed the upcoming meeting between President Trump and President Putin, as well as issues related to Syria and DPRK.
United States Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Sahel
In a July 3 statement by Spokesperson Nauert, the United States condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Mali and Niger.
“The United States stands with the nations of the G5 Sahel and international partners in responding to the growing threats from terrorist organizations in the region and in ensuring the continued development and prosperity of the people of the Sahel.”
- Spokesperson Nauert
United States and Netherlands Announce Next Global Entrepreneurship Summit
In a joint statement released by the White House on July 3, the United States and the Netherlands announced their intent to co-host the next Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the Netherlands.
Excited to announce the U.S. will co-host the next Global Entrepreneurship Summit with the #Netherlands – the first summit in the #EU. I’m looking forward to empowering entrepreneurs to collaborate & innovate, to realize solutions that create economic growth worldwide. @MinPres— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 4, 2018
State Department Announces Application Period for Virtual Student Federal Service eInternships
On July 3, the State Department announced that the application period for the Virtual Student Federal Service is open from July 1-31 via USAJobs.gov. Interested U.S. college students can check out the available eInternship projects at https://vsfs.state.gov/.
State Department Marks the 4th of July Independence Day Holiday
The State Department commemorated the July 4th holiday, sharing U.S. culture, the holiday’s traditions, and thanking our colleagues around the world.
President Reagan said July 4 is more than America's birthday. It's a reminder that for the first time it was decided that we're all born with certain God-given rights. Today, we remember this truth & the gift of freedom bestowed on us. Happy #FourthofJuly from my family to yours. pic.twitter.com/ndYdGyBmT5— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 4, 2018
To see more photos from July 4th celebrations at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, check out this blog.
Secretary Pompeo Travels to North Korea
Secretary Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang, July 5-7, to continue moving the conversation forward between U.S. and North Korea.
Three weeks since the Singapore Summit, my team has worked tirelessly to keep the conversation moving forward. pic.twitter.com/joMcgWDRxc— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 6, 2018
The Secretary’s trip will continue July 7-12 with stops in Tokyo, Hanoi, Abu Dhabi, and Brussels.
United States Sanctions Three Nicaraguans
In a July 5 statement, Spokesperson Nauert highlighted the Global Magnitsky designations of three Nicaraguans who have been involved in serious human rights abuse or engaged in corruption. Senior Administration Officials also gave a background briefing on this issue.
The sanctions on Francisco Javier Diaz Madriz, Fidel Antonio Moreno Briones, and Jose Francisco Lopez Centeno show the United States will expose and hold accountable those responsible for the #Nicaragua government’s ongoing violence and intimidation campaign against its people. pic.twitter.com/NVPRbwXJEw— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) July 5, 2018
Editor’s Note: This entry is also published in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.