This Week at State: June 7, 2019

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This Week at State: June 7, 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’s Travel to Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom

From May 30 to June 5, Secretary Pompeo traveled to Berlin, Germany; Bern and Bellinzona, Switzerland; The Hague, Netherlands; and, London, United Kingdom. In Berlin, Secretary Pompeo met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

In Bellinzona, Switzerland, on June 2, Secretary Pompeo met with and held a joint press availability with Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis. Secretary Pompeo also participated in media interviews with the Sinclair Broadcast Group and Radio Television Suisse.

On June 3, Secretary Pompeo traveled to the Netherlands to address the ninth Global Entrepreneurship Summit alongside Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and to reinforce U.S.-Dutch ties during meetings and a press availability with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok. Secretary Pompeo also spoke with RTL Nederlands and Euronews.. 

On June 4, Secretary Pompeo joined President Donald J. Trump on his state visit to the United Kingdom.

State Department Express Condolences on Passing of Former First Lady Ani Yudhoyono

In a press statement on June 2, Spokesperson Ortagus conveyed her condolences on behalf of the Government of the United States to former First Lady Ani Yudhoyono’s family and the people of Indonesia on her passing.

Meetings with Global Leaders

On June 2, Secretary Pompeo spoke with Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah.

On June 3, Secretary Pompeo spoke by phone with Iraqi Kurdistan Region President-elect Nechirvan Barzani.

On June 4, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale spoke with Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman about the brutal crackdown against peaceful protestors by Sudan’s Transitional Military Council on June 3.

On June 6, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Greek Defense Minister Evangelos Apostolakis.

Secretary Pompeo Comments on 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

On June 3, Secretary Pompeo honored the heroic protest movement of the Chinese people that ended on June 4, 1989, when the Chinese Communist Party leadership sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to violently repress peaceful demonstrations calling for democracy, human rights, and an end to rampant corruption.

Secretary Pompeo Wishes All Muslims a Blessed Eid al-Fitr

On June 3, Secretary Pompeo wished all Muslims a blessed Eid al-Fitr as Muslim communities around the world attend Eid prayers, share gifts, and visit each other’s homes.

United States Restricts Travel and Vessels to Cuba

On June 4, the United States took strong action to prevent U.S. travel to Cuba from enriching the Cuban military, security, and intelligence services by announcing new restrictions on authorized travel and vessels to the island. Going forward, the United States will prohibit U.S. travelers from going to Cuba under the previous ‘group people-to-people educational’ travel authorization. In addition, the United States will no longer permit visits to Cuba via passenger and recreational vessels, including cruise ships and yachts, and private and corporate aircraft.

United States Comments on Developments in Sudan

On June 4, the Troika-- the United States, Norway, and the United Kingdom -- condemned the violent attacks in Sudan on June 3, which resulted in the killing and injuring of many peaceful civilian protesters. In a press statement on June 5, the United States offered condolences to the victims and families who lost loved ones, and called on Sudan’s Transitional Military Council and the Rapid Support Forces to desist from violence.

State Department Offers Condolences on Passing of Israel’s First Lady

In a press statement on June 4, Spokesperson Ortagus offered our deepest condolences on behalf of Secretary Pompeo and the American people to President Reuven Rivlin, his family, and the people of Israel on the passing of Israel’s First Lady, Nechama Rivlin.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 Showcases Innovation

The 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, co-hosted by the U.S. and Dutch governments, showcased the depth and breadth of innovations that are improving lives around the world, and the critical role of governments in enabling environments for innovation to thrive.

In addition, the State Department’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative hosted a GIST Catalyst Competition at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, offering science and technology entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase their businesses on a global stage. The competition’s winners took home over $650,000 in entrepreneurial resources.

Secretary Pompeo Commemorates D-Day

On June 6, 1944, D-Day, more than 130,000 American and Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, and thousands more parachuted in behind enemy lines, on a mission to retake Europe from the control of Nazi Germany. 

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