This Week at State: August 16, 2019

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Meets with Foreign Minister Tandi Dorji in Thimphu, Bhutan.
Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan Meets with Foreign Minister of Bhutan Tandi Dorji in Thimphu, Bhutan, on August 12, 2019. (State Department photo by Nicole Thiher)

This Week at State: August 16, 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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