SECRETARY POMPEO: First of all, thank you, Foreign Secretary Videgaray, for hosting me today. I appreciate it. I also want to thank President Pena Nieto and President-elect Lopez Obrador,
The United States reiterates its strong support for religious freedom and the freedom of members of religious groups, including Ukraine’s Orthodox community, to govern their religion according to their beliefs, free of outside interference.
SECRETARY POMPEO: So I came here to do a couple things. First, to thank the Panamanian people for being such good partners with the United States for so many years, also to meet with President Varela to talk about the important strategic issues in which our two countries are engaged. I was hoping to get here in time to see the Comfort, but I missed it by a few hours. It was doing such good work for the region helping take good medical care of so many people. But I wanted to get here. We have important issues in front of us in the region and for Panama, and I wanted to get here to see President Varela to discuss them with him.
I am pleased to announce that following the May 14 opening of the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, we plan to achieve significant efficiencies and increase our effectiveness by merging U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem into a single diplomatic mission. I have asked our Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, to guide the merger.
SECRETARY POMPEO: So I’d had on my list to go see President Varela for a while. It took me six months to get here. They have been an important partner of ours for a long time.
A/S Mitchell: Thank you, Damon, for that warm introduction, and I’d like to thank Atlantic Council for having me here to speak today at a very important conference.
Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined representatives of other donors to sign political commitments(link is external) aimed at eliminating sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment in international assistance.
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks this morning at a UN Security Council open debate on the Middle East.
In his four years and four months as UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura has worked tirelessly to find a solution to the Syrian crisis, saved lives by working to deescalate the violence that has engulfed the country, and eased suffering by constantly pressing for unhindered delivery of vital medical and humanitarian aid to Syrians in need.
The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the identification or location of Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) senior regional leader Khalid Saeed al-Batarfi, and is increasing from $5 million to up to $10 million its reward for information leading to the identification, location, arrest, and or conviction of the leader of AQAP Qasim al-Rimi.