This Week at State: June 14, 2019

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This Week at State: June 14, 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:

State Department Comments on Moldovan Elections

In a press statement on June 9, State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus called on all Moldovan parties to show restraint and agree on a path forward through political dialogue.

Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks at the World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony

On June 10, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks at the World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony at the State Department. Secretary Pompeo stated, “We celebrate the individual laureates who have devoted their lives to agriculture and to food security.  They’ve made a difference for millions of people around the globe. From agricultural scientists to founders of nonprofits to members of Congress and world leaders, the laureates have made a remarkable and enduring contribution to the world of those in need.”

Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks to the Press

On June 10, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks to the press on the recent agreement reached between the United States and Mexico to confront the tide of illegal immigration and other problems along the southern border.

U.S. and Japan Hold Extended Deterrence Dialogue in North Dakota

The Government of the United States and the Government of Japan held a bilateral Extended Deterrence Dialogue on June 10-12 in Minot, North Dakota. The Dialogue provided an opportunity for our nations to hold in-depth discussions on how to maintain and strengthen deterrence as part of our security and defense cooperation.

State Department Offers Condolences on Passing of Former First Lady Lee Hee-Ho

In a press statement on June 11, Spokesperson Ortagus offered condolences on behalf of the Government of the United States to former First Lady Lee Hee-ho’s family and the people of the Republic of Korea on her passing.

Meetings with Global Leaders

On June 11, Secretary Pompeo met with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze. After their meeting, Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Bakhtadze delivered statements to the press as part of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission.

On June 12, Secretary Pompeo met with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in Washington, DC and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in Prague to build on discussions held by Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Lavrov during their May 14 meeting in Sochi, Russia.

On June 13, Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan John J. Sullivan spoke by phone with the newly appointed Republic of Korea Vice (ROK) Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young. The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to continue working closely together to address common security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, including the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK.

U.S. and Bangladesh Release Joint Statement Following Partnership Dialogue

On June 11, the Governments of the United States and Bangladesh issued a joint statement on the occasion of the seventh U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue held on June 10 in Washington, D.C. The two governments reaffirmed their commitment to enduring partnership, highlighting close cooperation on security, development, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and counterterrorism.

State Department Promotes Sound Mining Sector Governance and Resilient Energy Mineral Supply Chains

On June 11, the State Department released a fact sheet on the Energy Resource Governance Initiative. Increasing demand for renewable energy, electric vehicles, and battery storage technologies will create unprecedented demand for energy resource minerals. Energy Resource Governance Initiative (ERGI) is a Department of State, Bureau of Energy Resources-led effort designed to promote sound mining sector governance and resilient energy mineral supply chains.

Secretary Pompeo Comments on the Release of the United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security

In a June 11 press statement, Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed the State Department’s role in realizing the United States’ Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security. The strategy directs the Department of State to ensure women and girls’ meaningful participation and safety in efforts to promote stable and lasting peace as well as enhance U.S. partners’ capacity to advance women, peace, and security.  

State Department Announces Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to India, Sri Lanka, Japan, and the Republic of Korea

The State Department announced Secretary Pompeo will travel to India, Sri Lanka, Japan, and the Republic of Korea June 24-30, 2019, to broaden and deepen our partnerships with key countries to advance our shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Executive Order Promotes Agricultural Biotechnology for the Benefit of Americans

On June 11, President Trump directed the State Department to join the Department of Agriculture and other agencies in making the case abroad for acceptance for American biotech exports, opening markets for U.S. businesses and farmers and minimizing unjust barriers to trade.

Ambassador Donald Booth Appointed as Special Envoy for Sudan

On June 12, Ambassador Donald Booth was appointed as Special Envoy for Sudan. Ambassador Booth will lead U.S. efforts to support a political solution to the current crisis that reflects the will of the Sudanese people.

U.S. and Argentina Convene Workshop on Countering Hizballah’s Terrorist Activities in Western Hemisphere

From June 11-12 in Buenos Aires, the United States and the Government of Argentina convened a workshop on countering Hizballah’s terrorist and illicit activities in the Western Hemisphere. The workshop was held in advance of the upcoming Western Hemisphere Ministerial that the Government of Argentina will host July 19 in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Hizballah attack on the Mutual Israelite Association of Argentina community center in Buenos Aires.

State Department Announces 25th Experience America Visit to San Diego

On June 12, the State Department announced the 25th Experience America trip to San Diego, California, with members of the foreign Diplomatic Corps, June 16-18, 2019. More than 35 foreign ambassadors - representing countries across four continents - will join Chief of Protocol of the United States Sean P. Lawler to engage local business and community leaders and spotlight America’s communities.

Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks at India Ideas Summit and U.S.-India Business Council

On June 12, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks at the India Ideas Summit and 44th Annual Meeting of the U.S.-India Business Council. Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed the deep importance of the U.S.-India relationship and outlined areas for cooperation, including trade and economic development, defense, energy, space, and communications.

Read more about the Secretary’s speech in this DipNote blog.

U.S. Comments on Restoring Fundamental Freedoms in Nicaragua

In a press statement on June 12, Spokesperson Ortagus acknowledged that the recent release of more than 100 Nicaraguan citizens who were imprisoned for exercising their fundamental freedoms allowing them to be reunited with their families and loved ones. However, Spokesperson Ortagus noted that dozens still remain in prison, and that the Nicaraguan government has placed legal conditions on those released.

Secretary Pompeo Comments on Attacks in the Gulf of Oman

On June 13, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks to the media sharing the assessment of the United States Government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman. Secretary Pompeo called on Iran to "meet diplomacy with diplomacy, not with terror, bloodshed, and extortion." And he underscored that the United States will defend its forces, interests, and stand with our partners and allies to safeguard global commerce and regional stability.


State Department Comments on Fugitive Returns from Manila


In a press statement on June 14, Spokesperson Ortagus commented on the location and apprehension of 11 U.S. fugitives wanted for crimes ranging from conspiracy to commit murder, securities fraud, child abuse, and sexual assault. “The State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service worked with the U.S. Marshals Service and Philippine law enforcement partners to return these fugitives to face justice in the United States,” she said.


Secretary Pompeo Wishes the President of the United States and the U.S. Army a Happy Birthday

On June 14, Secretary Pompeo extended birthday wishes to both President Trump, and the United States Army.

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