This Week at State: August 24, 2018

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This Week at State: August 24, 2018

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:

Secretary Pompeo Announces New Special Representative for North Korea

On August 23, Secretary of state Michael R. Pompeo announced Steve Biegun is joining the U.S. Department of State team as the Special Representative for North Korea.

Special Representative Biegun will lead the Department’s efforts to achieve President Trump’s goal of the final, fully-verified denuclearization of North Korea, as agreed to by Chairman Kim Jong Un. As Special Representative, he will direct all U.S. policy on North Korea, lead negotiations, and spearhead our diplomatic efforts with our allies and partners.

Secretary Pompeo Remarks on Passing of Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

On August 18, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo remarked on the passing of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and express my condolences to the Annan family and to the people of his home country of Ghana. Mr. Annan spent his life advocating for peace and human dignity during his long career at the United Nations … I join the international community in remembering his remarkable service to the world.”

- Secretary Pompeo

United States Welcomes Newly Elected Pakistani Prime Minister

In an August 18 statement, Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert welcomed the newly elected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on taking the oath of office.

“For over 70 years, the relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been a vital one. The United States looks forward to working with Pakistan’s new civilian government to promote peace and prosperity in Pakistan and the region.”

- Spokesperson Nauert

Secretary Pompeo Marks World Humanitarian Day

Secretary Pompeo marked World Humanitarian Day on August 19, recognizing the commitment and dedication of humanitarian aid workers who risk everything to serve those in need, and honoring those who have lost their lives to protect the world’s most vulnerable people.

“On this World Humanitarian Day, the United States remains committed to saving lives and we recognize the tremendous service of all humanitarian heroes, including the many brave aid workers and partners on the ground who work tirelessly every day to help people in need.” -

Secretary Pompeo

United States Welcomes Afghanistan Ceasefire Announcement

The United States welcomed the announcement by the Afghan government of a ceasefire conditioned on Taliban participation in an August 19 statement from Secretary Pompeo

“The United States supports President Ghani's offer for comprehensive negotiations on a mutually agreed agenda. ‎We remain ready to support, facilitate, and participate in direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban. There are no obstacles to talks. It is time for peace.”

- Secretary Pompeo

United States Commends Mali on Presidential Elections

The United States commended the people of Mali for their participation in the presidential election on July 29 and the runoff on August 12 in an August 20 statement.

Secretary Pompeo Shares Eid al-Adha Message

On August 20, Secretary Pompeo extended his warm wishes and Eid Mubarak to Muslims around the world celebrating Eid al-Adha.

Secretary Pompeo Speaks with Global Leaders

On August 20, Secretary Pompeo spoke with New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters.

On August 21, Secretary Pompeo met with Macedonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov and with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al

Thani. The Secretary also spoke by telephone with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan.

On August 22, Secretary Pompeo met with Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi and United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Hunt. The Secretary also spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan by phone.

On August 23, Secretary Pompeo spoke with Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Monica Juma and with Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland

Germany Accepts Former Nazi Slave-labor Camp Guard Jakiw Palij

In an August 21 statement, the United States expressed its deep appreciation to the Federal Republic of Germany for re-admitting former Nazi slave-labor camp guard Jakiw Palij, who was removed from the United States on August 20.

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