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 Delivers Remarks at the Army War College
On April 1, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Secretary Pompeo focused on the important connection between the State Department and Department of Defense and the ways we can work together around the world.
Spoke today at the @ArmyWarCollege about the undeniable connection between American service members and American diplomats. If we do our job right as diplomats at the @StateDept, we can keep the men and women serving in our armed forces out of harm’s way. pic.twitter.com/lIo06Sa2LS— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 1, 2019
State Department Announces Jamaica as our 79th partner under the Hague Convention
In a media note on April 1, the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil ASpects of International Child Abduction entered into force between the United States and Jamaica. The United States now has 79 partners under the Convention.
On April 1, Jamaica became our 79th partner under the Hague Convention on International Parental Child Abduction. The Hague Abduction Convention is one of our most important tools to prevent international parental child abduction. https://t.co/nrv6JU1InC— Department of State (@StateDept) April 3, 2019
Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks to Families of Americans Held Captive Abroad
On April 2, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks to families of Americans held captive abroad. The Secretary began by thanking the families and the many U.S. government colleagues who worked on this critical mission.
It was an honor to speak yesterday with the families of American citizens held captive abroad. I told them @StateDept & the @realDonaldTrump Administration carry their loved ones in our hearts, and we are committed to doing our very best every day to bring their loved ones home. pic.twitter.com/Qu2lYoZ52W— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 3, 2019
U.S Pre-Positions Humanitarian Assistance in Curacao for the People of Venezuela
On April 3, the U.S announced it is pre-positioning humanitarian aid in Curacao for the people of Venezuela, who continue to suffer from the former Maduro regime's corruption and gross mismangement of the economy.
Today, the United States is pre-positioning humanitarian aid in Curaçao for the people of #Venezuela, who continue to suffer from the former Maduro regime’s corruption and gross mismanagement of the economy. #EstamosUnidosVE https://t.co/ceKJFn6YID— Department of State (@StateDept) April 3, 2019
State Department Announces Appointment of Morgan Ortagus as State Department Spokesperson
On April 3, Secretary Pompeo released a Statement appointing Morgan Ortagus as our new State Department Spokesperson.
Pleased to welcome Morgan Ortagus as our new @statedeptspox. Her experience as an intelligence analyst & public affairs officer in foreign policy & national security will benefit America. She'll lead our fight to communicate & defend US foreign policy. Welcome to our team Morgan. pic.twitter.com/kSqTdPFNzv— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 3, 2019
State Department Released the 18th Edition of the To Walk the Earth in Safety
On April 3, the Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs released the 18th Edition of the To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.
Conventional Weapons Destruction assistance provides the U.S. with a powerful and flexible tool to help partner countries manage their stockpiles of munitions and more. https://t.co/VPPzHdShrO @StateDeptPM— Department of State (@StateDept) April 3, 2019
Secretary Pompeo Delivered Remarks at the Reception to Celebrate NATO's 70th Anniversary
On April 3, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks at the Reception to celebrate NATO's 70th Anniversary at Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Honored to welcome our #Allies to Washington for the @NATO #ForMin. This year we celebrate 70 years of transatlantic cooperation and I look forward to discussing how we can strengthen our Alliance for future generations. pic.twitter.com/Nt7FjnyT9Q— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 4, 2019
Meetings with Global Leaders
On April 2, Under Secretary Hale met with Ghanaian Foreign Minister SHirley Botchewey and Azerbaijani Ambassador to the United States Elin Suleymanov.
On April 3, Secretary Pompeo met with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Ykiya Amano, Democratic Republic of the Congo President Felix Tshisekedi, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.
On April 4, Secretary Pompeo met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. Also, Deputy Secretary met with the Foreign Ministers of the Visegrad Group and Greek Foreign Minister George Katrougalos.
Secretary Pompeo Delivered Remarks at the Meeting of the North Atlanditc Council in Foreign Ministers' Session 1
On April 4, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks at NATO's first session. Secretary Pompeo outlined the need to adapt NATO to confront emerging threats. Russion aggression, radical Islamic terrorism, uncontrolled migration, cyber attacks, threats to energy security, Chinese strategic competition jeopardize our people and ideas.
Today’s meetings demonstrate the continued value of #NATO70. Our Alliance is strong, but must adapt to new challenges & invest in necessary capabilities, including the protection of 5G technology. I call on all of our #Allies to continue making progress toward their Wales Pledge. pic.twitter.com/5zYRz3PXYM— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 4, 2019
As we celebrate #NATO70, we honor an Alliance that has been and still is the bulwark of international peace and security. The U.S. affirms our unconditional support for @NATO and Article 5. Together, we are #AlliedStrong. pic.twitter.com/H6KwSLCH3q— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 4, 2019
Thank you to our @NATO Allies who joined me in Washington this week. Through our continued cooperation, NATO will stand as the bulwark of international peace into the future. pic.twitter.com/tYoxNV1oca— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 4, 2019
State Department Releases a Joint Statement on Fighting Near Gharyan, Libya
In a media note on April 4, the governments of France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States released a joint statement stating their concernon the fighting near Gharyan, Libya and urged all parties to immediately de-escalate tensions, which are hindering prospects for UN political mediation.
The governments of France, Italy, UAE, UK & U.S. are deeply concerned by fighting near Gharyan, #Libya & urge all parties to immediately de-escalate tensions which are hindering prospects for @UN political mediation. We believe there is no military solution to the Libya conflict. pic.twitter.com/Ntirirdmco— Department of State (@StateDept) April 4, 2019
U.S. and Hungary Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement
On April 4, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto signed a U.S.-Hungary Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA). The DCA builds on many aspects of the strong U.S.-Hungary defense relationship and will facilitate greater partnerships to address shared threats and global challenges.
Today, the United States and #Hungary signed a Defense Cooperation Agreement. Both our countries signed this agreement to deepen the U.S.-Hungary security partnership. This is a major step in strengthening the bilateral relationship. https://t.co/6LccxdzGuv pic.twitter.com/0zfqZgTKxr— Department of State (@StateDept) April 4, 2019
U.S. Sanctions Companies Enabling Shipment of Venezuelan Oil to Cuba
On April 5, the U.S. sanctioned two companies, Ballito Bay Shipping Inc. and ProPer in Management Inc., operating in Venezuela's oil sector and the vessel Despina Andrianna used to transport oil to Cuba.
Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan Travels to Dinard, France
On April 5, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan traveled to Dinard France to lead the U.S. Delegation to the G-7 Foreign Affairs Ministerial. The Deputy Secretary will engage in discussions on a broad range of issues, including the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, destabilizing Iranian behavior in the Middle East, the responsible conduct of states in cyber space, and the final denuclearization of North Korea.
Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan is in Dinard, France, leading the U.S. delegation to the @G7 Foreign Affairs Ministerial. He will engage in discussions on a broad range of issues, including Venezuela, Iran, cyber space, and North Korea. #G7France https://t.co/uauCDcE3Aj— Department of State (@StateDept) April 5, 2019
In France, DepSec Sullivan joined @G7 partners for a family photo. At the ministerial, they are discussing global issues, including the crisis in Venezuela, Iran’s destabilizing behavior, and the final, fully verified denuclearization of DPRK. #G7France https://t.co/9u5UjrSykP pic.twitter.com/bhlLmiCoNR— Department of State (@StateDept) April 5, 2019
Signing of Protecting Power Arrangement for the U.S. in Venezuela
On April 5, the U.S. and Switzerland reached an arrangement regarding the Swiss acting as a protecting power for U.S. interests in Venezuela.
The U.S. and #Switzerland reached an arrangement on April 5 regarding the Swiss acting as a protecting power for U.S. interests in #Venezuela. The U.S. extends our appreciation to the Swiss for offering to undertake this important function and assist U.S. citizens on our behalf. pic.twitter.com/kKyFJVrPZj— Department of State (@StateDept) April 5, 2019
Editor’s Note: This entry is also published in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.