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.
The U.S. and Germany have a strong and enduring friendship -- and we do ask more of our friends and Allies. Increased defense investment and the protection of energy security and diversity are not only key to European security, but also to global security and the @NATO Alliance. pic.twitter.com/ozwFlXAHb5— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) May 31, 2019
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.
My meetings with @ignaziocassis demonstrated that our ties run deep. We discussed the U.S.-Switzerland relationship and ways to further advance trade and investment, collaborate in research and development, and counter transnational crime and terrorism. pic.twitter.com/Yi1lM3Gvmj— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 2, 2019
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..
The United States is honored to co-host #GES2019 with our Dutch friends. The U.S. and the #Netherlands share an abiding belief in the power of entrepreneurship and how governments can help create the conditions necessary for businesses to thrive. pic.twitter.com/C9ZD9JWsxl— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 3, 2019
Entrepreneurs need the right to private property, rule of law, and the freedom to develop their business without unnecessary regulations. With events like #GES2019, we are proud to help entrepreneurs do what they do best: solve problems and create value for the world. pic.twitter.com/1NGrxjOk9q— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 3, 2019
On June 4, Secretary Pompeo joined President Donald J. Trump on his state visit to the United Kingdom.
It is my pleasure to accompany President @realDonaldTrump on his state visit to the United Kingdom. As the President has said, the U.S.-UK Special Relationship is “a bond that is like no other.” pic.twitter.com/mCxe3vVXTO— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 4, 2019
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.
On behalf of the Government of the United States, I want to convey my condolences to former First Lady Ani Yudhoyono’s family and the people of Indonesia on her passing. In this time of mourning, please accept our deepest sympathy. pic.twitter.com/ItduS0XF12— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) June 2, 2019
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.
We honor the heroes of the Chinese people who bravely stood up 30 years ago in #Tiananmen Square to demand their rights. Those events still stir our conscience, and the conscience of freedom-loving people around the world. https://t.co/Rn4FMmFxPL #Tiananmen30— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 3, 2019
Today, we call on China to release all those held for seeking to exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms, to halt the use of arbitrary detention, and to reverse counterproductive policies that conflate terrorism with religious and political expression. #Tiananmen30— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 3, 2019
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.
I would like to wish all Muslims a blessed Eid al-Fitr. As you attend Eid prayers, share gifts, and visit each other’s homes on this joyous occasion, we extend our best wishes to you. https://t.co/1cUu9NLR7n #EidMubarak pic.twitter.com/ky1nlJZuRv— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 4, 2019
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.
Today, the U.S. took sweeping action to prevent U.S. dollars from flowing to the Cuban regime & funding its repressive, destabilizing activities in #Venezuela and on the island. The Cuban people, like all people, deserve a free, stable, prosperous nation. #Cuba— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 4, 2019
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.
The U.S. condemns the recent attacks on protesters in #Sudan. We send our condolences to the victims and families who lost loved ones. The U.S. remains committed to working with the people of Sudan, along w/ our international partners, in pursuit of a peaceful solution in Sudan. pic.twitter.com/EVKaqjjyRJ— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) June 6, 2019
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.
Good morning, #GES2019! It was definitely three days to remember in The Hague. Be sure to check out all of our photos at https://t.co/IqGvyvfrAE! We’ll be adding even more in the coming days. pic.twitter.com/3UxZGm18QM— The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (@theGESsummit) June 6, 2019
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.
Congratulations to the 2019 #GISTCatalyst winner @UXtina! Her business @spellboundAR truly represents the next wave of entrepreneur-led innovation that #GES2019 is proud to promote. pic.twitter.com/6zOfwkWXLD— The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (@theGESsummit) June 5, 2019
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.
75 years ago, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. We remember and honor those who fought for freedom on D-Day, and the thousands who made the supreme sacrifice to liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny. pic.twitter.com/zuTOzCqUfv— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 6, 2019
Editor’s Note: This entry is also published in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.