Good afternoon. Thank you, Mr. President, Vice-Presidents, and delegates. Today’s meeting of Western Hemisphere democratic countries marks a turning point for the horrific crisis in Venezuela. Your presence here sends a resounding message that freedom and democracy are values our nations cherish, dictators and tyrants will face accountability for crimes against their citizens, and we as a region stand united against the repression of the illegitimate narco-state of Maduro’s regime.
Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok, and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, co-hosted the second Ministerial Meeting on Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace, on the margins of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York. Twenty-six countries joined the United States to sign a statement highlighting their joint commitment to ensuring greater accountability and stability in cyberspace.
The United States welcomes UN Secretary General Guterres’ announcement that an agreement has been reached between the Government of Syria and the Syrian Negotiations Commission to form a Constitutional Committee facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva.
Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will lead the U.S. delegation to the 30th Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, which serves as the Organ of Consultation in Application of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (also known as the Rio Treaty) on September 23 in New York, NY. This meeting, on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, will discuss regional next steps on the worsening crisis in Venezuela, which continues to pose a clear threat to peace and security in the Western Hemisphere.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all. I want to thank the many world leaders who are here today. Thank you, Vice President Pence, for your work on this issue. I especially want to thank President Trump for being a champion of people of faith all around the world. The Bible says that “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.” And that’s what we are all doing here today.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning, everyone. Welcome to our big week here in New York.
Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach will travel to New York City on September 22 for meetings with his counterparts on the margins of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) High Level week.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced new financial assistance as part of the effort by the U.S. Government, announced by Vice President Mike Pence, to support ethnic and religious minorities displaced by the genocide perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). USAID awarded this funding to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and The Solidarity Fund Poland.
In a failed attempt to disrupt the global economy, the Islamic Republic of Iran attacked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This act of aggression was sophisticated in its planning and brazen in its execution. Regardless of transparent attempts to shift blame, the evidence points to Iran—and only Iran.
On behalf of the United States, it is my great pleasure to wish the people of Armenia a happy Independence Day. On September 21, 1991, the people of Armenia declared their independence from the Soviet Union.