This Week at State: November 16, 2018

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This Week at State: November 16, 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:

U.S. Commemorates 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo traveled to Paris, France, November 10-11, where he joined President Donald J. Trump in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War, including visits to memorial sites and cemeteries to honor our shared sacrifice and reaffirm the Transatlantic Alliance.

Meetings with Global Leaders

While traveling in Paris with President Trump, on November 10 Secretary Pompeo met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. On November 11, the Secretary spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

On November 13, Secretary Pompeo met with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan in Washington, DC. The Secretary met with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Khalid Al-Attiyah and spoke by phone with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on November 14.

Secretary Pompeo met with Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak  and spoke by phone with with Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie on November 15. On November 16, the Secretary met separately with Republic of Korea Minister of Unification Cho Myoung-gyon, Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini, and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. The Secretary also spoke by phone with Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah.

State Department Celebrates International Education Week

From November 12-16, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education celebrated International Education Week (IEW). Throughout the week, both organizations encouraged Americans to seek opportunities to study abroad and welcome international students to study in the United States.

To open IEW, the State Department, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, released the annual Open Doors report of data and trends in international academic mobility.

Learn more about this data and the latest trends in this DipNote.

Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Papua New Guinea

Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan traveled to Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Papua New Guinea from November 11-18. In Japan, the Deputy Secretary met with Japanese Vice Minister Takeo Akiba.  Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert gave an update on the Deputy Secretary's travels in a briefing to the press on November 13:

The Deputy Secretary also accompanied Vice President Michael R. Pence to the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Singapore, as well as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Papua New Guinea. On the margins of the East Asia Summit, Deputy Secretary Sullivan met with Lao Foreign Minister Saleumaxay and Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn.

U.S. Condemns Sham "Elections" in Russia-Controlled Eastern Ukraine

In a November 12 statement, Spokesperson Nauert condemned the recent elections facilitated in Russia-controlled Eastern Ukraine.

State Department Takes Action to Counter Iran’s Global Terrorism

On November 13, Ambassador Nathan Sales delivered remarks at the Washington Institute’s Counterterrorism Lecture Series regarding Hizballah and Iran’s sponsorship of global terrorism. Ambassador Sales also gave remarks at the November 13 Department Press Briefing.

"Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism...The resources Iran uses to fund its global terrorist campaign come directly out of the pockets of ordinary Iranians.”

- Ambassador Sales

Overseas Security Advisory Council Hosts 33rd Annual Briefing

On November 14, 2018, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) hosted 1,500 private sector security professionals at its 33rd annual briefing in Washington, DC. This year’s theme was “Protecting Your Organization in a Changing World.”

The United States and United Kingdom Hold Strategic Dialogue

The United States and the United Kingdom held the U.S.-UK Strategic Dialogue in Washington on November 14, co-chaired by U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and UK Political Director Richard Moore.

The Way Forward in Syria

On November 14, Secretary Pompeo’s Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffries delivered remarks to the media on the way forward in Syria.

U.S. and the Netherlands Launch the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

On November 15, during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the United States of America and the Kingdom of the Netherlands officially launched the ninth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be held June 4-5, 2019 at the World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands.

Secretary Pompeo also announced that he will lead the U.S. delegation to #GES2019.

Special Representative Brian Hook Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

During his trip to Israel, Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on November 15 to discuss cooperation on countering Iranian threats.

U.S. Sanctions Individuals Involved in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

On November 15, the United States imposed sanctions on seventeen Saudi Arabian individuals for serious human rights abuse resulting from their roles in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi at the Consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2.

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