Traveling across Africa and meeting with government officials, business leaders, civil society, and Africa’s dynamic youth is my favorite part of the job as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. These trips are the best way to hear a range of views and to discuss concrete ways to strengthen cooperation between the United States and our African partners.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Europe and Eurasia Brock Bierman will travel to Brussels, Belgium, Paris, France, and Chisinau, Moldova June 26-July 11, 2019.
Today, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao and Argentine Minister of Transport Guillermo Dietrich signed a Protocol of Amendment that modernizes the 1985 Air Transport Services Agreement between the United States and Argentina. The signing of this important agreement is the result of a year of negotiations led by the Department of State with the Departments of Transportation and Commerce, and their Argentine counterparts.
From July 16-18, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will convene the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Advancing international religious freedom for all remains one of the defining challenges of the 21st century and is a top foreign policy priority of this administration.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. With so much going on in the world right now, sometimes it’s easy to forget about America’s commitment here in Afghanistan, but the world should know that the Trump administration hasn’t forgotten and the American people have not forgotten. We must represent their interests here as ardently as ever. That’s why it was a critical time for me to make it back to Afghanistan.
Thank you, Mr. President. We are pleased to vote in favor of this resolution authorizing the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). This is a historic moment. Today, we establish a new UN Special Political Mission that replaces the 15 year-long peacekeeping mission in Haiti. MINUJUSTH, and its predecessor mission, MINUSTAH, made important strides in the areas of stability and security, democratic governance and institutional development, and the promotion and protection of human rights in Haiti.
“I truly believe that our two nations have an incredibly unique opportunity to move forward together, for the good of both of our peoples, the Indo-Pacific region, and indeed the entire world.” – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, June 12, 2019
MR PALLADINO: Thanks for coming. We are lucky to have with us today our Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. Mr. Abrams will make some opening remarks and then be happy to take some questions. Please.
Today, the United States and Ukraine signed a new memorandum of understanding on Conventional Weapons Stockpile Management.
We, the Political Directors of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS Small Group, met today in Paris at the invitation of French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves le Drian to reaffirm our determination to continue the fight against Daesh/ISIS in the post-liberation era and to create conditions for an enduring victory against the terrorist group through a durable, multifaceted effort.