This Week at State: August 9, 2019

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Secretary Pompeo delivers remarks at the State Library in New South Wales, Australia.
Secretary Pompeo delivers remarks at the State Library in New South Wales, Australia.

This Week at State: August 9, 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 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.

Secretary Pompeo also delivered remarks on “The Unbreakable Alliance” at the State Library of New South Wales.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

On August 7, Secretary Pompeo spoke by phone with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

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.

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