This Week at State: April 5, 2019

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This Week at State: April 5, 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Meetings with Global Leaders

On April 1, Secretary Pompeo met with Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor MelescanuSpanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell and spoke on the phone with Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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