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 Expresses Condolences on Passing of Former French President Chirac
On September 29, Secretary Pompeo, on behalf of the American people, offered his deepest condolences to the Chirac family and the people of France on the passing of former French President Jacques Chirac.
We express our deep condolences to the Chirac family and the people of #France on the passing of former French President Jacques Chirac. We remember his strong leadership and dedication to democracy and freedom, principles that ground our enduring ties with our French Allies.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 29, 2019
U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Russian Actors Involved in Efforts to Influence U.S. Elections
On September 30, the United States imposed sanctions on four entities and seven individuals associated with the Internet Research Agency and its financier, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, in response to Russian attempts to influence U.S. democratic processes.
Today, the United States continued to take action in response to Russian attempts to influence U.S. democratic processes. Our clear warning: efforts by foreign actors to undermine democracy will face consequences. https://t.co/MmUz34ndsa— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 30, 2019
State Department Imposes Visa Restrictions Against Cuban Officials Exploiting Cuban Doctors
On September 30, the State Department imposed visa restrictions on Cuban officials responsible for certain exploitative and coercive labor practices as part of Cuba’s overseas medical missions program.
What Castro presented as a humanitarian program turns out to be a cash cow for the #CastroCronies. We call on governments that currently engage with Cuba’s overseas medical programs to ensure safeguards against labor abuse and exploitation. https://t.co/sZ2u9tf2K6 pic.twitter.com/aQQimVCIib— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) September 30, 2019
U.S., Denmark, and Netherlands Release Joint Statement on Maritime Cybersecurity Event
On October 1-2, the United States, Denmark, and the Netherlands chaired a maritime cybersecurity event on the margins of the One Conference in The Hague, a three-day international conference focused on cybersecurity and the economic opportunities offered by cyberspace. The United States, Denmark, and the Netherlands affirmed the vision they share of a global, open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet and stable cyberspace.
Secretary Pompeo Travels to Italy, The Holy See, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Greece
On October 1-6, Secretary Pompeo is on travel to Italy, The Holy See, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Greece.
In Rome, Italy, the Secretary met with President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. He also met and held a press availability with Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. In his meetings, the Secretary discussed the importance of Transatlantic unity and our strong and enduring bilateral relationship.
Great meeting with Italian President Mattarella. #Italy continues to be one of our greatest partners and we reaffirmed our commitment to joint U.S.-Italy efforts to counter emerging global threats. pic.twitter.com/e50doSuVxt— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 2, 2019
He also visited Abruzzo to tour his ancestral home.
As a proud son of Abruzzo, I’m honored to visit my ancestors’ birthplace and to meet the wonderful people of Pacentro. More than 18 million Americans share Italian roots, and they continue to contribute to the story of American Greatness. pic.twitter.com/mFEZuRNETq— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 3, 2019
In The Holy See, Secretary Pompeo delivered keynote remarks at the U.S.-Holy See Symposium on Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations.
Securing and defending #religiousfreedom is not a choice; it's both a moral & national security imperative. We value the opportunity to collaborate with faith-based organizations around the world as we reaffirm international commitments to protect this unalienable right for all. pic.twitter.com/mGcgkJVZN5— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 2, 2019
He had a private audience with His Holiness Pope Francis, and met with Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Gallagher. Read more on the United States' and Holy See's Partnership in Advancing Religious Freedom, Combatting Human Trafficking, and Promoting Human Rights.
We have been working with the #HolySee to advance international #religiousfreedom worldwide for over 35 years. His Holiness @Pontifex is a key partner on this issue. I enjoyed our meeting this week. pic.twitter.com/W7yJ4yFanC— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 5, 2019
The Secretary then traveled to Montenegro. In meetings focused on strengthening our alliance with Montenegro, Secretary Pompeo met with President Djukanovic, Prime Minister Markovic, and Foreign Minister Marmanovic. Secretary Pompeo also participated in a joint press availability with Prime Minister Markovic.
Just arrived in #Montenegro, and welcomed the opportunity to meet with President Dukanovic. As an Ally, partner, and friend of Montenegro, the United States is committed to this country’s long-term success. pic.twitter.com/0wJC71tQio— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 4, 2019
In North Macedonia, Secretary Pompeo met with President Stevo Pendarovski, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, and other government officials, and delivered remarks to the press in a joint press availability with Prime Minister Zaev. Secretary Pompeo also toured the Holy Mother of God “Peribleptos” monastery complex in Lake Ohrid.
Discussed U.S. support for North Macedonia’s accession to @NATO & the #EU, implementation of Prespa Agreement, & economic development with President Pendarovski at beautiful Lake Ohrid. Our relationship will grow stronger through mutual commitment to peace, security & prosperity. pic.twitter.com/0zMXqVQUDe— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 4, 2019
On October 4, Secretary Pompeo continued his travel to Athens, Greece.
Winner of P3 Impact Award Announced at 2019 Concordia Summit
On October 3, the State Department's Office of Global Partnerships and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia announced the Bioko Island Malaria Elimination Project (BIMEP) as the winner of the P3 Impact Award at the 2019 Concordia Summit. The annual P3 Impact Award recognizes leading cross-sector collaborations that feature public, private, nonprofit, or non-governmental organizations addressing societal challenges.
U.S. and India Launch Flexible Resources Initiative
On October 4, the United States and India launched the Flexible Resources Initiative (FRI) under the U.S.-India Clean Energy Finance Task Force. FRI develops effective strategies to ensure India's power system has the flexibility it needs to integrate renewable energy over the next decade, while reliably meeting surging demand for electricity.
Great to see U.S.-India energy cooperation in action. The #FlexibleResourcesInitiative, announced today by @EnergyatState A/S Fannon and @FERChatterjee, will create opportunities to diversify the energy sources of India’s electricity grid, particularly through natural gas. AGW— State_SCA (@State_SCA) October 4, 2019
Rewards for Justice- Reward Offer for Those Involved in 2017 "Tongo Tongo" Ambush in Niger
In an October 4 media note, the State Department's Rewards for Justice Program announced a reward offer of up to $5 million for information leading to the identification or location of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the leader of the terrorist organization Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS).
UP TO $5 MILLION REWARD - For information that brings to justice ISIS-GS leader Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi who claimed responsibility for the 10/4/17 ambush that killed 4 @USArmy & 4 Nigerien Soldiers in Niger.— DSS (@StateDeptDSS) October 4, 2019
More info: @Rewards4Justice and https://t.co/JTbzjuwE4p pic.twitter.com/drRqU0gx4H
Meetings with Global Leaders
On October 2, Secretary Pompeo met with Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
Editor’s Note: This entry is also published in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.