This Week at State: November 1, 2019

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivers remarks on “The China Challenge” at the Hudson Institute’s Herman Kahn Award Gala at the JW Marriott in New York City, New York, on October 30, 2019.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivers remarks on “The China Challenge” at the Hudson Institute’s Herman Kahn Award Gala at the JW Marriott in New York City, New York, on October 30, 2019.

This Week at State: November 1, 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:

25th Anniversary of Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty

On an October 26 press statement Secretary Pompeo noted the twenty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the State of Israel, an agreement that began a tradition of peaceful and respectful cooperation that continues today.

Secretary Pompeo Celebrates International Religious Freedom Day

On October 27, Secretary Pompeo commemorated the 21st anniversary of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act), landmark legislation that - for the first time - made promoting and defending international religious freedom a specific focus of U.S. foreign policy.

Secretary Pompeo Comments on Death of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

On October 27, Secretary Pompeo commented on the death of ISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, who was taken down during a raid on his hideout by U.S. Special Forces in northwest Syria. While there is still work to do to ensure ISIS’s enduring defeat, Baghdadi’s death follows the path of scores of other ISIS leaders that have been removed from the battlefield and can no longer commit heinous atrocities or spread their vile ideology of hatred to poison and recruit vulnerable minds.

U.S. Responds to Irregularities in Bolivia’s Presidential Election

In an October 27 press statement, Secretary Pompeo stated that the United States believes that the Bolivian people have the right to choose their leaders in free and fair elections. The Secretary reaffirmed, the United States stands with our partners in the region and the OAS observers in calling for an accurate accounting of the votes cast, or if that is not feasible, a second round that is credible and transparent.

State Department Comments on Protests in Iraq

In a press statement on October 27, Spokesperson Ortagus noted that the United States is closely monitoring the situation in Iraq and calls on all sides to reject the cycle of violence. We extend our condolences to the families of those killed during the demonstrations this weekend. We mourn the loss of life and wish those injured a swift and full recovery.

U.S., Russia, China, and Pakistan Joint Statement on Peace in Afghanistan

On October 28, the United States, Russia, China, and Pakistan released a joint statement from their meetings on Afghanistan, held in Moscow on October 24-25, 2019. Respectful of the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, participants discussed ways to support the Afghan people’s desire for a lasting peace.

Secretary Pompeo Congratulates Argentina on Presidential Elections

On October 28, Secretary Pompeo congratulated the people of Argentina on holding successful presidential elections. We stand ready to work with Alberto Fernandez as the new President of Argentina to address the interests our countries share.

President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

On October 29, Secretary Pompeo chaired the second meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force t oMonitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. The Task Force meeting underscored the Administration’s strong commitment to combat human trafficking and inspire engagement across the federal government throughout the following year.

Secretary Pompeo Comments on Political Situation in Lebanon

On October 29, in light of Prime Minister Hariri’s resignation, the United States called on Lebanon’s political leaders to urgently facilitate the formation of a new government that can build a stable, prosperous, and secure Lebanon that is responsive to the needs of its citizens.

Secretary Pompeo Congratulates Next IAEA Director General

On October 29, Secretary Pompeo congratulated Ambassador Rafael Grossi of Argentina on his election as the next IAEA Director General. The United States strongly supports the IAEA in all aspects of its mission and stands ready to assist Ambassador Grossi in ensuring that the Agency is prepared to meet the growing challenges of the 21st century.

State Department Expresses Condolences on Passing of Sadako Ogata

On October 30, the State Department, along with our international partners and donor governments, remembered the life and work of Sadako Ogata, former UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who led the agency from 1991 to 2000.

Secretary Pompeo Speaks on U.S.-China Relations at Hudson Institute

On October 30, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks on “The China Challenge” at the Hudson Institute’s Herman Kahn Award Gala in New York City, New York.


Meetings with Global Leaders

On October 28, Secretary Pompeo spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and spoke by phone with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.

On October 31, Secretary Pompeo spoke by phone with Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Secretary Pompeo Imposes New Sanctions on Iran and Extends Nuclear Restrictions

In a press statement on October 31, Spokesperson Ortagus shared that Secretary Pompeo is continuing restrictions on the Iranian regime’s nuclear program. The Secretary made two determinations with sanctions implications pursuant to Section 1245 of the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 (IFCA): one identifying the construction sector of Iran as being controlled directly or indirectly by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); and one identifying four strategic materials as being used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic missile programs. 

Foreign Ministers of the Small Group on Syria Release Joint Statement

The Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America welcomed the launch of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva on October 30, 2019 and released a joint statement.

Secretary Pompeo Comments on the Cancellation of APEC Leaders’ Week Meetings and COP25 in Chile

In a statement on October 31, Secretary Pompeo expressed support Chilean President Sebastian Piñera who made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming APEC Leaders’ Week Meetings and COP25 in Chile. 

State Department Presents 2019 Secretary's Award for Corporate Excellence

On October 31, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks and recognized four companies at the 20th Annual Ceremony of the Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE).

State Department Releases Annual Country Reports on Counterterrorism

On November 1, the U.S. Department of State released the 2018 Country Reports on Terrorism. The report covers developments in countries in which acts of terrorism occurred, countries that are state sponsors of terrorism, and countries determined by the Secretary to be of particular interest in the global war on terror.

State Department Announces Secretary Pompeo's Upcoming Travel to Germany

The State Department announced that Secretary Pompeo will travel to Germany from November 6-8 to underscore important bilateral relationships, meet with key leaders, and commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Secetary Pompeo Comments on the Situation in Iraq

In a statement on November 1, 2019, Secretary Pompeo urged the Government of Iraq to listen to the legitimate demands of the Iraqi people who have taken to the streets to have their voices heard.

Spokesperson Ortagus also commented on the situation in Iraq.


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