This Week at State: October 4, 2019

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Remarks at Holy See Symposium on Working with Faith-Based Organizations​
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Delivers Remarks at the Holy See Symposium on Working with Faith-Based Organizations​ on October 2, 2019.

This Week at State: October 4, 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 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.

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.

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.

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.  

He also visited Abruzzo to tour his ancestral home. 

In The Holy See, Secretary Pompeo delivered keynote remarks at the U.S.-Holy See Symposium on Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations. 

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.

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.

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.

 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.

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).

 Meetings with Global Leaders 

On October 2, Secretary Pompeo met with Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

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