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 Concludes Trip to Thailand, Australia, and the Federated States of Micronesia
On August 3, Secretary Pompeo continued his travel in Sydney, Australia to lead the U.S. delegation to the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) along with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
As part of AUSMIN, the United States and Australia released a joint statement, as well as a separate statement regarding progress towards health security cooperation. Secretary Pompeo also held a joint press availability with Secretary Esper, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne, and Australian Minister of Defense Linda Reynolds, and participated in a number of interviews, including with Sky News.
Today, @SecPompeo held a joint press conference with Secretary of Defense @EsperDoD, Australian Foreign Minister @MarisePayne, and Australian Defence Minister @lindareynoldswa in Sydney, Australia. pic.twitter.com/pxQtLflqFe— Department of State (@StateDept) August 4, 2019
Secretary Pompeo also delivered remarks on “The Unbreakable Alliance” at the State Library of New South Wales.
Spoke with Australia’s government leaders in the historic Mitchell Reading Room at @statelibrarynsw about the importance of the U.S.-#Australia partnership. Thank you to Foreign Minister @MarisePayne and Tom Switzer of @CISOZ for hosting our talk. #AUSMIN pic.twitter.com/bKuv8ldPzQ— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 5, 2019
Secretary Pompeo then traveled to Kolonia, where he met and held a joint press availability with Micronesian President David W. Panuelo, Marshallese President Hilda C. Heine, and Palauan Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold B. Oilouch. Secretary Pompeo also laid a wreath at the Memorial to Federated States of Micronesia Veterans of U.S. Armed Forces.
Wrapping up a great week in Thailand, Australia, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Reaffirming our commitment to #ASEAN and strengthening our economic and security partnerships in this region are critical to achieving a free and open #IndoPacific, which will benefit us all. pic.twitter.com/nxhILvr3PV— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 6, 2019
U.S. Condemns Attacks in Southern Yemen
On August 3, the United States strongly condemned the attacks carried out August 1 and 2 in southern Yemen. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to those injured.
The U.S. strongly condemns the attacks carried out August 1 and 2 in southern #Yemen. These attacks are unacceptable. It is critical that Yemenis work with @OSE_Yemen toward a political settlement that ends the conflict and brings peace, prosperity, and security to Yemen. pic.twitter.com/gTUnvYX84M— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) August 3, 2019
U.S. Comments on Ceasefire in Idlib Province
On August 3, the United States welcomed news that a ceasefire has been declared in Northwest Syria. Only a political solution can ensure a stable and secure future for all Syrians.
We welcome news that a ceasefire has been declared in #Idlib, but what is truly critical is that the attacks against civilians must stop. We will appreciate any efforts undertaken towards this important goal. pic.twitter.com/XRhoblpblR— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) August 4, 2019
United States and Poland Announce Warsaw Process Working Groups
On August 5, the United States and Poland announced details of the upcoming Warsaw Process Working Groups. These working groups will drive momentum on areas of consensus to advance shared security interests in the Middle East and enhance regional cooperation.
The U.S. and Poland are proud to partner with nations around the world to convene the #WarsawProcess Working Groups. This historic collaboration will advance shared security interests in the Middle East and enhance cooperation. https://t.co/uH2kWGsm0X pic.twitter.com/eLSnb87h82— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 5, 2019
Venezuela: U.S. Releases Facts on Nicolas Maduro Regime, Imposes Maximum Pressure
On August 5, President Trump signed an Executive Order blocking all property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within possession or control of any United States person. The E.O. is designed to directly target the former Maduro regime and those who support it.
On August 5, the United States imposed full blocking sanctions on the Government of #Venezuela, to target the former Maduro regime and those who support it. General licenses enable humanitarian aid and protect the government led by @JGuaido. https://t.co/sh8Ju2eGcg— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 6, 2019
On August 6, the State Department released a fact sheet detailing that the former regime of Nicolas Maduro has consistently violated and abused the human rights and dignity of the country’s citizens, plundered its natural resources, and driven a once-prosperous nation into economic ruin with Maduro’s authoritarian rule and ruinous economic policies.
Meetings with Global Leaders
On August 5, Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale met with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre in Mogadishu, Somalia.
On August 6, Under Secretary Hale met with Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Ambassador Macharia Kamau and Head of Public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua in Nairobi, Kenya.
State Department Recognizes the 52nd Anniversary of the Founding of ASEAN
In an August 7 press statement, Secretary Pompeo congratulated the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat on the 52nd anniversary of the founding of ASEAN on August 8. Throughout its history, ASEAN has helped foster a more stable, prosperous, and peaceful region. The United States remains committed to ASEAN’s central role in the region.
Joint Statement on Meeting of the United States, Greece, Cyprus, and Israel on Energy Cooperation
On August 7, the governments of the United States, Greece, the Republic of Cyprus, and Israel released a statement regarding cooperation in the field of energy, in which they affirmed their shared commitment to promote peace, stability, security, and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
State Department Comments on Violence in Aden
In a statement on August 9, Spokesperson Ortagus commented on the outbreak of violence and deadly clashes in Aden. Spokesperson Ortagus said, “We call on all parties to refrain from escalation and further bloodshed, and to resolve their differences through dialogue. Inciting further divisions and violence within Yemen will only increase the suffering of the Yemeni people and prolong the conflict.”
State Department Hosts Conference on Women’s Economic Empowerment: Minerals, Responsible Sourcing, and the Jewelry Supply Chain
The State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs hosted a conference on August 8 entitled Women’s Economic Empowerment: Minerals, Responsible Sourcing, and the Jewelry Supply Chain at the U.S. Department of State.
Editor’s Note: This entry is also published in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.