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:
Growth in the Americas
On December 17, the U.S. government launched 'America Crece,' the expanded Growth in the Americas initiative to partner with governments across Latin America and the Caribbean in a whole-of-government initiative to support economic development that leads to job creation.
We have a long history of partnership across Latin America, built on our shared values and close ties. Proud that the new #GrowthInTheAmericas initiative will develop critical infrastructure to increase opportunity and foster greater regional prosperity. #AmericaCrece pic.twitter.com/IN5P9XhSqB— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 17, 2019
U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue
On December 18, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper co-hosted Indian Minister of Defense Ragnath Singh and Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar for the second U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue at the Department of State in Washington D.C.
Secretary Pompeo said "our common values of democracy, freedom, respect for the rule of law are a great foundation for our expanding partnership. They are the basis for my hope for a new age of ambition between our two democracies. Today’s dialogue built on steady progress over this past year. We secured new agreements on space exploration and defense industrial collaboration. We agreed to establish a new exchange program for legislators from our two countries. We launched new initiatives to help secure internships for innovators in each of our two countries. And we’re excited to support India’s Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure."
Human Rights and the Iranian Regime
On December 19, Secretary Pompeo hosted a symposium on reclaiming and supporting Iranian human rights, and delivered a speech on "Human Rights and the Iranian Regime," at the Department of State.
Over 40 years in power, the regime in Iran has shown only disrespect for the Iranian people. This disrespect has destabilized Iran’s internal order, weakened its economy, and made it a pariah state in the eyes of the free world. pic.twitter.com/UBccFKHC45— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 19, 2019
On December 19, Secretary Pompeo lauded the passage of President Trump's U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreeement by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the #USMCA is a historic milestone in @realDonalTrump’s effort to modernize our trade relations. This agreement with #Mexico and #Canada will allow us to work more effectively to achieve economic prosperity for our nations.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 19, 2019