Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks this afternoon at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Secretary-General's report on Iran's compliance with international obligations under Security Council Resolution 2231.
Today the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons issued a report concluding that the chemical weapon sarin or a sarin-like substance was used in the attack on April 4, 2017 in Khan Shaykhun that killed nearly 100 people, including many children. The report’s conclusion is based on a wide range of gathered evidence, including the results of analysis of victims, environmental samples, and extensive witness interviews.
STAFF: Please be seated. Ladies and gentlemen, the Director of the Marshall Center, Lieutenant General Retired, Keith W. Dayton.
SECRETARY KELLY: Thank you, Richard. We have a lot of ground to cover today. Our nation is being targeted daily by terrorists, criminals, hackers, nation states, and more.
Today, following a U.S.-led effort, the United Nations budget committee significantly reduced the annual peacekeeping budget by over half a billion dollars, forcing the UN to work smarter and more efficiently in delivering its mandates.
President Donald J. Trump has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to visit France on Bastille Day. President Trump looks forward to reaffirming America’s strong ties of friendship with France, to celebrating this important day with the French people, and to commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.
This morning, Secretary Tillerson released the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, a reflection of global leadership on this key human rights issue and our principal diagnostic tool to assess government efforts across the three Ps of prosecution, protection, and prevention.
Today Secretary Tillerson met with Kuwaiti Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Information Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Sabah. The Secretary reaffirmed his strong support for Kuwait’s efforts to mediate the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt. During the meeting the leaders reaffirmed the need for all parties to exercise restraint to allow for productive diplomatic discussions.
AMBASSADOR COPPEDGE: Welcome to the Department of State. We have quite the full room. My name is Susan Coppedge and I am the Ambassador-at-Large for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. Prime Minister Modi, thank you for being here with us today. It’s a great honor to welcome the leader of the world’s largest democracy to the White House.