On behalf of the United States Government and the American people, I congratulate the people of France as you celebrate Bastille Day.
The United States condemns in the strongest terms the violence along the Armenia-Azerbaijan international border. We urge the sides to stop using force immediately, use the existing direct communication links between them to avoid further escalation, and strictly adhere to the ceasefire.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The United States champions a free and open Indo-Pacific. Today we are strengthening U.S. policy in a vital, contentious part of that region — the South China Sea. We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them.
For weeks this Council has struggled to come to terms with the efforts of two of its members to end cross-border humanitarian aid to the Syrian people. Good faith negotiations were met with intransigence and contempt, and resolutions repeatedly faced inexplicable veto. But today, the Council showed that resolve and unity is a powerful combination.
On July 10, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael Kozak accepted the chair of the Ninth Summit of the Americas on behalf of the United States. The United States will host the Summit in 2021.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas today to discuss Germany’s priorities for its presidencies of the Council of the European Union and the United Nations Security Council, which began July 1.
MS ORTAGUS: Great. Thank you and good morning, everyone. It’s great to be with the Foreign Press Center today. This is my first briefing with all of you, actually, and the Secretary, of course, was with you a few years ago, so we are delighted to be back with all of the foreign press represented here in Washington and New York.
We reject the report and opinions released today by UN Special Rapporteur Callamard related to the U.S. strike that killed Islamic Republic Guard Corps Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani.
The United States commends the Government of Indonesia and local authorities in Aceh for their response to the arrival of 99 Rohingya refugees on June 24 in Indonesian waters and recognizes Indonesia’s close coordination with UNHCR and IOM.