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 Sends Warm Wishes on Eid al-Adha
On August 11, Secretary Pompeo sent his warmest wishes to Muslims around the world celebrating Eid al-Adha-- from friends and allies to Muslim colleagues across the State Department.
I would like to send all Muslims around the world warm wishes on Eid al-Adha. May this Eid bring you all joy and happiness as you celebrate with friends and family. Eid Mubarak! pic.twitter.com/pXUMmyyGdz— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 11, 2019
State Department’s Zoohackathon Combats Wildlife Trafficking
In an August 11 media note, the State Department announced that its Zoohackathon promotes technology solutions, builds cross-sector collaboration, raises awareness, and empowers communities to combat wildlife trafficking. The 2019 Zoohackathon will be held in 15 cities around the world.
#Zoohackathon promotes technology solutions, builds cross-sector collaboration, raises awareness & empowers communities to combat #wildlifetrafficking https://t.co/osX7uIg24d #WorldElephantDay pic.twitter.com/SgZnzvCFDV— U.S. Department of State | Science Diplomacy USA (@SciDiplomacyUSA) August 12, 2019
United States Joins Joint Statement on the Truce in Libya
On August 11, the governments of the United States, France, Italy, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom released a joint statement welcoming the truce in Libya, and inviting all parties to effectively cease hostilities across Libya.
United States Congratulates Alejandro Giammattei on Election as President of Guatemala
On August 12, the United States congratulated Alejandro Giammattei on his election as the next president of Guatemala. We commend the people of Guatemala for their participation in a successful, free, fair, and transparent election.
Congratulations @DrGiammattei on your election as President of #Guatemala. We look forward to a new chapter in Guatemala-U.S. relations and continuing our close partnership in addressing irregular migration. https://t.co/tz7oA86lr4— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 12, 2019
Meetings with Global Leaders
On August 13, Secretary Pompeo met with Chinese Director Yang Jiechi.
On August 15, Secretary Pompeo met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad El-Din Rafik Al-Hariri.
On August 15, Secretary Pompeo spoke by phone with Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei.
Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Visit to Bhutan
On August 12-13, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan traveled to Thimphu, Bhutan, where he met with His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Prime Minister Tshering, Foreign Minister Dorji, and Minister of Economic Affairs Sharma. Deputy Secretary Sullivan discussed a range of issues, including the importance of protecting and enhancing a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.
Thrilled that my Deputy, John Sullivan, is visiting #Bhutan this week -- the highest-level @StateDept official to visit in over two decades, underscoring the U.S. respect for Bhutan as a key partner and contributor in advancing a rules-based order in the #IndoPacific. pic.twitter.com/t587XAnXL8— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 13, 2019
Secretary Pompeo Designates Salah Gosh & His Family Members
On August 14, Secretary Pompeo publicly designated Salah Gosh & his family members under Section 7031(c) for his involvement in gross violations of #HumanRights in #Sudan. Those designated are ineligible for entry into the U.S. We will continue to hold accountable those who violate human rights.
Today I publicly designated Salah Gosh & his family members under Section 7031(c) for his involvement in gross violations of #HumanRights in #Sudan. Those designated are ineligible for entry into the U.S. We will continue to hold accountable those who violate human rights.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 14, 2019
Editor’s Note: This entry is also published in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.