MS NAUERT: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the State Department. Thank you for coming in so early this morning for the unveiling of the International Religious Freedom Report.
Today marks a sad and shameful day in the history of this body. Simply put, it is a travesty that the Syrian regime – which continues to indiscriminately slaughter its own people with weapons banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention – should presume to preside over this body.
AMBASSADOR BROWNBACK: I want to thank Secretary Pompeo. I'm grateful to him, to President Trump, Vice President Pence, the administration for their effort in defending religious freedom. As he announced and stated, it's a top priority of this administration.
The United States and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, under the auspices of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), held the third and final regionally-focused workshop of the Initiative on Addressing the Challenge of Returning Families of Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Madrid, Spain on May 28-29, 2018.
On the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, the international community honors the more than 1 million peacekeepers who have served under the UN flag and risked their lives to protect civilians and promote peace.
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks this afternoon at a UN Security Council briefing on Ukraine.
This afternoon, the United States called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the latest attacks on Israel out of the Gaza Strip by Hamas and other militants. We expect the meeting to take place tomorrow afternoon.
For the next four weeks, Syria will hold the rotating presidency of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. The United States would have attempted to block Syria’s presidency, but the rules of the Conference on Disarmament prevented us from doing so.
Today, on the annual International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, we mark 70 years of UN peacekeeping, and the service and sacrifice of thousands of uniformed and civilian personnel.
SECRETARY POMPEO: I think it’s both. It’s something that the President has viewed as a serious threat to Middle East stability and therefore to American national security and also looks at the place that the Iranian people find themselves, and he thinks it’s a place America can help make a difference.