The United States is concerned by reports of violent clashes around the town of Altun Kupri in northern Iraq. We are monitoring the situation closely, and call on all parties to cease all violence and provocative movements, and to coordinate their activities to restore calm.
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow will travel to Israel, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq October 22-November 1, for discussions on a variety of international security issues.
The United States strongly condemns the October 20 terrorist attacks in Kabul and Ghor, as well as the other attacks carried out across the country this week. We commend the Government and security forces of Afghanistan for their response to these attacks
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced some of the key engagements that will occur during Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin’s upcoming trip to the Middle East. This White House support mission is a follow-up to President Donald J.
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will showcase U.S. government efforts to conserve snow leopards at an event at the U.S. Department of State on October 19. The event will celebrate the successful completion of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Wildlife Fund project on Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities, and will highlight the international cooperation and conservation efforts of 12 snow leopard range countries.
Given the multiple chemical attacks that we have seen in Syria, renewing the mandate for the Joint Investigative Mechanism – the UN’s primary tool for investigating the horrific use of chemical weapons in Syria – is critical. We need to ensure accountability for these attacks, which have killed hundreds of innocent civilians, including children who were sleeping or trying to attend school. There is overwhelming support in the Security Council to renew this mandate to continue this important work – as there should be.
In Riyadh, Secretary Tillerson will take part in the inaugural Coordination Council meeting between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The Secretary will also meet with various Saudi leaders to discuss the conflict in Yemen, the ongoing Gulf dispute, Iran, and a number of other important regional and bilateral issues.
The United States has great confidence in the thorough and impartial work of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), a team led jointly by the United Nations and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), responsible for investigating confirmed uses of chemical weapons in Syria.
The United States condemns the Venezuelan government’s latest anti-democratic action: requiring newly elected governors to submit to the illegitimate Constituent Assembly to be sworn into office. The use of this illegitimate, parallel institution to take over the country’s constitutional authorities is alarming.
My relationship with India dates back to about 1998, so almost 20 years now, when I began working on issues related to India’s energy security. And I’ve had many trips to the country, obviously, over those many years. And it was a real privilege to do business with the Indian counterparts then, and it’s been a great honor this year to work with the Indian leaders as Secretary of State. And I do look forward to returning to Delhi next week for the first time in my official capacity. This visit could not come at a more promising time for U.S.-Indian relations and the U.S.-India partnership.