Thank you very much. I’d like to thank President Duque, Secretary General Almagro, and your respective teams for organizing this 49th General Assembly of the Organization of American States. We appreciate your strong and tireless leadership.
Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated two Maduro regime officials who continue to engage in significant corruption and fraud to the detriment of the people of Venezuela. Persistent countrywide blackouts are the latest and worst in a long history of electricity outages, stemming from years of massive corruption, neglect, and mismanagement of Venezuela’s electricity infrastructure by the illegitimate Maduro regime.
Ambassador Jeffrey: I’m here today to talk about Syria. I’m not going to talk about the various things that the Acting Secretary of Defense is doing. First of all, he’s doing a press conference at 2:45, and I don’t want to take any of his thunder away, plus I haven’t been with him, haven’t been in any of his meetings. Again, so my focus will be on Syria.
Ambassador Jeffrey: I’m here today to talk about Syria. I’m not going to talk about the various things that the Acting Secretary of Defense is doing.
Today, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jon Piechowski joined U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires John Creamer in Mexico City to announce new winners in the latest Innovation Fund grant competition. The grant-winning teams in the first Mary Street Jenkins-sponsored Innovation Fund competition will support eight new partnerships between 16 higher education institutions in the United States and Mexico,
Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier will lead the U.S. delegation to the 49th Regular Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) to be held in Medellín, Colombia June 26-28, 2019.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone. It’s great to be here. It’s great for me to be able to get in here so quickly after the election, the enormous election that Prime Minister Modi won. Having run a few campaigns myself, it was incredibly impressive, and the mandate that he’s received I think is incredibly important.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Today is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, marking the 32nd anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. President Reagan, a strong advocate for the convention, said in 1988, at the time that the United States signed the Convention that, “[r]atification of the Convention by the United States will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today.”
AMBASSADOR JUSTER: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. As the United States ambassador to India, I have the distinct privilege of introducing our speaker tonight, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Secretary Pompeo’s career has combined service in the public and private sectors in a manner that makes him uniquely qualified to address many of the important challenges in today’s world and in the U.S.-India relationship. After graduating first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Secretary Pompeo served for five years in the U.S. Army. He then went to the Harvard Law School and following graduation, worked at one of the top law firms in the country.