This Week at State: May 31, 2019

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This Week at State: May 31, 2019

This Week at State: May 31, 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:

U.S. Welcomes Establishment of Independent Commission by Colombian Government

On May 25, the United States welcomed the Colombian government’s decision to establish an independent commission to examine allegations regarding the Colombian military. Cooperation between the United States and Colombia has strengthened the rule of law, promoted transparency and accountability, and increased respect for human rights. Colombia has made great strides in advancing human rights and strengthening the institutions that protect them.

U.S. Continues to Support Democracy in Venezuela

In a press statement on May 25, Spokesperson Ortagus reiterated U.S. support for the Venezuelan people’s desire to recover their democracy and bring the illegitimate Maduro regime to an end. May 25 marked the 17th day since the arrest and disappearance of Edgar Zambrano, First Vice President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, and one of 800 political prisoners being held by the Maduro regime. The U.S. condemns their illegal imprisonment demands their immediate release.

U.S. Protests Restrictions on Cuban Political Prisoner Dr. Eduardo Cardet

On May 27, the United States condemned the conditions placed on the movement and activities of Cuban human rights activist and political prisoner Dr. Eduardo Cardet. We denounce the Cuban regime’s deplorable prison conditions and continued abuses against Dr. Cardet and other political prisoners.

U.S. Government Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with Government of Guatemala

On May 27, the U.S. Government signed a new Memorandum of Cooperation with the Government of Guatemala to help stem the northward flow of illegal immigrants from Central America to the United States. Our two governments will enhance cooperation on border security; training; joint actions to counteract illicit flows of people, drugs, and money; and improvements in the identification, administration, and detention of illegal immigrants.

President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Advance the U.S. and Japan’s Global Partnership

President Donald J. Trump visited Japan May 25-28, 2019. The President and Prime Minister Abe reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance and noted that it is the cornerstone of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific. The two leaders also highlighted steps taken to strengthen security, economic, scientific, and cultural cooperation.

Meetings with Global Leaders

On May 28, Secretary Pompeo spoke by phone with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

On May 29, Secretary Pompeo spoke by phone with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to congratulate the government and people of Indonesia on the election of Joko Widodo and Ma’ruf Amin as their President and Vice President-elect, respectively.

State Department Welcomes Rising Leaders for Professional Fellows Congress

On May 28, the State Department convened 280 emerging leaders from 60 countries, as the Spring 2019 Professional Fellows concluded their intensive fellowships with U.S. businesses, government offices, and non-profit organizations. During the Professional Fellows Congress, Fellows expand their networks, advance their leadership skills, and translate their experiences in the United States into actionable projects to implement in their home communities.

U.S. Congratulates European Union on European Parliament Elections

In a press statement on May 28, the United States congratulated the citizens of the European Union member states on the successful conclusion of the European Parliament elections.

State Department Offers Condolences on Passing of General Prem Tinsulanonda

In a press statement on May 29, Spokesperson Ortagus offered condolences on the passing of General Prem Tinsulanonda to his family, friends, and the people of Thailand.

State Department Offers Condolences on Passing of Former Jamaican Prime Minister Seaga

In a press statement on May 30, Spokesperson Ortagus offered condolences to the people of Jamaica on the passing of the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honorable Edward Phillip George Seaga.

Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Berlin, Germany

On May 30, Secretary Pompeo began his travel to Berlin, Germany; Bern and Lugano, Switzerland; The Hague, The Netherlands; and London, United Kingdom. En route to Germany, Secretary Pompeo spoke to the traveling press about his expectations for the trip.

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