Office of Press Relations
For Immediate Release
September 16, 2020
The following is attributable to Acting USAID Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa met today with the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK), the Right Honourable Dominic Raab, M.P. The Foreign Secretary leads the newly formed Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) after the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Acting Administrator Barsa noted USAID’s strong collaboration with the British Government on shared development and humanitarian-assistance priorities, including on the global response to the pandemic of COVID-19.
In addition, the Acting Administrator and the Foreign Secretary discussed rising food-insecurity in the Republic of Yemen, which is worsening as the country faces compounding shocks. They agreed on the need for robust funding from additional donors, provided according to humanitarian principles. The U.S. Government committed nearly $195 million in additional funding in Yemen in early September 2020, and remains the largest humanitarian donor in Yemen this year.
Acting Administrator Barsa and Foreign Secretary Raab agreed to remain in close contact to coordinate response efforts in Yemen and other crisis areas.