This Week at State: August 3, 2018

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This Week at State: August 3, 2018

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. 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:

Secretary Pompeo Addresses Indo-Pacific Business Forum

On July 30, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivered a keynote address outlining America’s Indo-Pacific economic vision to the Indo-Pacific Business Forum, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.

“I am here to say emphatically that the Trump administration is committed to expanding our economic engagement in the Indo-Pacific region. We seek to capitalize on opportunities in accordance with the principles of freedom and openness.”

- Secretary Pompeo

During the forum, Secretary Pompeo also announced $113.5 million in new U.S. economic initiatives to support the Indo-Pacific region in foundational areas of the future, such as digital economy, energy, and infrastructure.

For additional coverage of the Indo-Pacific Business Forum, check out this blog.

State Department Hosts Mandela Washington Fellows Summit

The State Department hosted more than 700 young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa, July 30-August 1, for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit. The Mandela Washington Fellowship, part of the State Department’s Young African Leaders Initiative, aims to foster and build relationships that support and expand U.S.-Africa cooperation on shared goals.

For more on the Mandela Washington Fellows Summit, check out this blog.

Secretary Pompeo Meets with Omani Foreign Minister

On July 30, Secretary Pompeo met with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi at the State Department, discussing the importance of continued support for the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Yemen, the need to avoid further escalation of hostilities there, and the importance of promoting regional stability and cooperation in the Gulf region.

Deputy Secretary Sullivan Meets with Humanitarian Organizations on the Situation in Yemen

On July 31, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and USAID Administrator Mark Green met with representatives from international and non-governmental organizations to discuss developments in Yemen, including the dire humanitarian situation there, the importance of maintaining unimpeded access to ports and road networks, and U.S. support for the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Yemen.

State Department Applauds Facebook's Action Targeting Malign Activity

In an August 1 statement, Spokesperson Nauert addressed Facebook’s action to target malign activity, calling this activity “part of a broader external campaign aimed at weakening America and threatening our way of life by pitting citizens against each other and sowing discord in general.”

“We demand that Russia and all other malign actors immediately cease this reckless behavior. As President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Secretary Pompeo have said repeatedly, the United States will not tolerate foreign, including Russian, attempts to subvert our democratic processes and institutions.”

- Spokesperson Nauert

Secretary Pompeo Comments on Korean War Repatriations

On August 1, Secretary Pompeo commented on the remains of U.S. service members repatriated from North Korea.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the honorable carry ceremony on August 1 in Hawaii.

Secretary Pompeo Travels to Malaysia and Singapore

Secretary Pompeo traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 2-3, and Singapore, Singapore on August 3.

In Malaysia, Secretary Pompeo met with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir to discuss strengthening the Comprehensive Partnership and advancing common security and economic interests based on our strongly shared democratic values.

In Singapore, Secretary Pompeo participated in the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial and the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial, where he reinforced our commitment to partnerships in the lower Mekong region, and reaffirmed U.S. dedication to ASEAN and our friends and allies in the region.

On the margins of ASEAN, Secretary Pompeo also held meetings with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The Secretary’s trip continues in Singapore on August 4 and in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 4-5. Follow along with full coverage of the Secretary’s trip here.

Follow the State Department on Twitter and Facebook for additional information and updates.

Editor’s Note: This entry is also published in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.