This Week at State: October 25, 2019

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Secretary Pompeo delivers remarks at the Heritage Foundation behind a podium.
Secretary Pompeo delivers remarks at the Heritage Foundation President's Club Meeting on October 22, 2019.

This Week at State: October 25, 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:

Condemning Afghanistan Mosque Attack

On October 19, Secretary Pompeo condemned the mosque attack in Nangarhar, Afghanistan. Afghans, and people around the world, have the right to live and worship together in safety. 

Troika Statement on the Formation of South Sudan’s Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity

In an October 21 media note, Spokesperson Ortagus encouraged the parties, especially the current government, to take concrete steps to build trust through enhanced cooperation. South Sudan faces a critical moment in the journey toward a peaceful and prosperous future. There are now less than four weeks for political leaders to form a transitional government as they committed to in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. 

U.S. and UK Host International Strategic Trade Controls and Border Security Conference

On October 21, Spokesperson Ortagus announced that the United States and the United Kingdom would host the 16th International Strategic Trade Controls and Border Security Conference in Edinburgh, October 22-24, 2019. This conference brought together more than 200 export control and border security practitioners from 85 partner countries involved in dual-use and conventional arms policy, licensing, and enforcement to promote the development of effective strategic trade management and counter proliferation measures.

U.S. Announces $1.5 Million to Advance Resilience and Energy Initiatives

In an October 21 media note, Spokesperson Ortagus affirmed the United States' commitment to advancing security, diplomacy, prosperity, energy, education, and health in the Caribbean. As part of this ongoing effort the United States is providing $1.5 million to increase disaster preparedness and resilience under the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership. 

Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks at the Heritage Foundation

On October 22, Secretary Pompeo spoke on “Trump Administration Diplomacy: The Untold Story” at the Heritage Foundation President's Club Meeting. The Secretary discussed foreign policy gains made by promoting religious freedom, changing the global conversation on China, and applying  maximum pressure to the Iranian regime. 

Congratulations on Canada’s Elections

In an October 22 press statement, Secretary Pompeo congratulated Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party on their success in Canada’s recent federal election. Canada’s commitment to democracy is an example to countries around the world.

Friends of Sudan Supports the Planned Reforms of Sudan’s Economy

In an October 21, Under Secretary David Hale delivered opening remarks at the fourth meeting of the Friends of Sudan in Washington, D.C. The Friends of Sudan expressed strong support for Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government. 

Joint Communique on U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue

On October 22, Special Envoys and Special Representatives of the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States met in EU Headquarters, Brussels. Respectful of the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, participants exchanged views on the current status of the Afghan peace process and discussed ways to support the Afghan people’s desire for a lasting peace.

36th Anniversary of the Beirut Barracks Bombings

On October 23, Secretary Pompeo remembered the barbaric 1983 Beirut barracks bombings. He said, “Our outrage over this despicable act of terrorism perpetrated on those patriotic men and women remains as deep as ever.” 

U.S. Announces $1.21 Billion To Support Blue Economy

In an October 23 media note, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach announced the United States’ 23 new commitments valued at 1.21 billion dollars to promote sustainable fisheries; combat marine debris; and support marine science, observation, and exploration. 

Welcoming U.S. Senate Approval of NATO Accession Protocol for North Macedonia

In an October 23 press statement, Secretary Pompeo welcomed the U.S. Senate Approval of NATO Accession Protocol for North Macedonia. The approval by the United States Senate of the protocol to the NATO treaty on the accession of North Macedonia underscores the U.S. commitment to transatlantic security and represents an important step forward in North Macedonia’s progress toward becoming a NATO Ally. 

U.S. Announces Improvements to Tourism Safety Messaging for U.S. Travelers

On October 23, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs announced several important updates to our Safety and Security Messaging for U.S. citizen travelers. As more U.S. citizens travel abroad each year and engage in new, and sometimes riskier, forms of tourism, the Department of State is committed to providing clear, timely, and reliable information to help U.S. citizen travelers make informed decisions and travel safely. 

Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Wichita, Kansas

Secretary Pompeo traveled to Wichita, Kansas on October 24-25 to focus efforts on ensuring economic prosperity as part of the Administration’s Pledge to American Workers.

On October 24, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks at the Workers Development Roundtable. The Secretary highlighted that a thriving American economy, built on the strong foundation of free enterprise, is a guiding light for nations seeking liberty and prosperity around the world.

Meetings with Global Leader

On October 22, Secretary Pompeo spoke by phone with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi and met with Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák

On October 23, Secretary Pompeo met with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine’s Metropolitan Epiphaniy as well as Tony Perkins of Washington Watch

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