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:
U.S. Expresses Support for the People of Sudan
In a statement on August 17, Spokesperson Ortagus congratulated the people of Sudan on the signing of the Constitutional Declaration and political agreement between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council.
To the people of #Sudan, we congratulate you on today's signing of the Constitutional Declaration. The United States will continue to support you in your pursuit of a government that protects the rights of all Sudanese citizens and leads to free and fair elections.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 17, 2019
Statement in Commemoration of World Humanitarian Day
In a statement on August 19, Secretary Pompeo recognized the tireless efforts of humanitarian workers, who every day risk their personal safety on behalf of people whose lives are disrupted when crises hit. The United States recognizes the tremendous service of all humanitarian heroes who have devoted themselves to serving others through their unbounded generosity and unflagging resolve.
On #WorldHumanitarianDay we highlight the courageous women who deliver life-saving assistance to those in need in some of the most remote and dangerous places in the world. #WomenHumanitarians comprise over 40% of humanitarian workers worldwide. pic.twitter.com/caQRKRBtK1— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) August 19, 2019
Secretary Pompeo Travels to New York
On August 20, Secretary Pompeo traveled to New York to participate in a UN Security Council debate hosted by the Polish Mission to the United Nations on challenges to peace and security in the Middle East and the Administration’s support for multilateral solutions. The Secretary also met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on the margins of the event, and participated in a joint press availability with Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.
Constructive meeting with @UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres in NYC today. The U.S. will continue to work with the UN to achieve meaningful and effective multilateralism. pic.twitter.com/BY3sp5GGLF— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 21, 2019
In New York, Secretary Pompeo addressed the UN Security Council session on Middle East Peace and Security.
Addressed the @UN Security Council session on Middle East Peace and Security today chaired by Foreign Minister #Czaputowicz. We’re committed to building coalitions through the #WarsawProcess so the working groups we’ve created get off to a strong and effective start. pic.twitter.com/ElUbqifUmq— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 20, 2019
Secretary Pompeo Condemns the Injustices Committed Against Cuban Journalist
In a press statement on August 21, Secretary Pompeo strongly condemned the prosecution of Roberto Quinones. The United States calls upon the Cuban regime to immediately release Mr. Quinones and to cease their abuse and mistreatment.
We condemn the injustices committed against Cuban journalist Roberto Quiñones, arrested for reporting on Cuba’s repression of religious freedom. We will continue to use targeted sanctions to cut off resources from the Cuban regime which uses its income to repress its own people.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 21, 2019
U.S. Condemns the Use of Chemical Weapons
In a press statement on August 21, Spokesperson Ortagus commemorated the somber anniversary of the Assad regime's chemical weapons attack in the Ghouta district in Damascus -- killing more than 1,400 Syrians, many of them children.
.@statedeptspox: Today marks the somber anniversary of the Assad regime's #ChemicalWeapons attack in #Ghouta that killed over 1400 #Syrians, many of them children. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons anywhere by anyone in any circumstances. pic.twitter.com/VhM5rmL3WB— Department of State (@StateDept) August 21, 2019
U.S. Marks International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism
In a press statement on August 21, Secretary Pompeo expressed the United States' solidarity with the victims of terrorism and their families and condemned the suffering caused by terrorism around the world. We honor the strength and resilience of these victims and their families and the important role their engagement and voices contribute to preventing the recruitment and radicalization of potential terrorists.
August 21 marks International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. @StateDeptCT works with partner governments and civil society to raise awareness of victims’ needs as part of our comprehensive counterterrorism strategy. https://t.co/kiVgHE9p9p— Department of State (@StateDept) August 22, 2019
U.S. Offers Reward for Information Leading to Identification or Location of ISIS Deputies
On August 22, Spokesperson Ortagus announced new Rewards for Justice offers for information leading to the identification or location of ISIS Deputies: Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, Sami Jasim Muhammad al-Jaburi, and Mu‘taz Numan ‘Abd Nayif Najm al-Jaburi.
Secretary Pompeo Travels to Canada
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo traveled to Ottawa, Canada on August 22 for meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. Secretary Pompeo also held a joint press availability with Foreign Minister Freeland. Read more on "Canada and the United States: Strengthening Our Alliance."
Today, @SecPompeo traveled to Canada, where he met with Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau and Foreign Minister @cafreeland to discuss our strong bilateral relationship. While in Ottawa, he also met Canadian business leaders to discuss #USMCA. Trip details: https://t.co/5qT53IIscf pic.twitter.com/54LnrxfZMm— Department of State (@StateDept) August 23, 2019
International Commitment to Protect Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief
In a press statement on August 22, the Secretary marked the first International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. The day serves as a reminder of the need to promote and protect the unalienable right of religious freedom, and the consequences when countries fail to do so.
Troika Countries Welcome New Prime Minister of Sudan
In a joint statement on August 22, the United States, United Kingdom, and Norway congratulated Dr. Abdalla Hamdok on his appointment as Prime Minister of Sudan. The troika welcomes this step in creating a civilian-led government. The appointment of a civilian-led government presents an opportunity to rebuild a stable economy and create a government that respects human rights and personal freedoms.
The United Kingdom, United States and Norway congratulate Dr. Abdalla Hamdok on his appointment as Prime Minister of Sudan. We welcome this step in creating a civilian-led government. https://t.co/im8cXwqzel— Department of State (@StateDept) August 22, 2019
U.S. Concerned About Chinese Escalation Against Vietnam in South China Sea
In a press statement on August 22, Spokesperson Ortagus declared that the United States is deeply concerned that China is continuing its interference with Vietnam’s longstanding oil and gas activities in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) claim.
Meetings with Global Leaders
On August 21, Secretary Pompeo spoke by phone with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod.
Editor’s Note: This entry is also published in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.