MODERATOR: Good afternoon. Thank you for joining us for today’s call. We’re pleased to have a senior State Department official here today to discuss on background the Secretary’s upcoming travel to Europe. For your reference and not – for your reference and not for reporting, we’d like to welcome [Senior State Department Official]. From here forward [Senior State Department Official] will be known as a senior State Department official. He’s going to offer brief remarks at the top, and then we’ll turn it over to you for questions.
Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan will deliver closing remarks at an event for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence at the Department of State’s George C. Marshall Center on December 4, 2017.
Secretary Tillerson met today with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. Secretary Tillerson reaffirmed the United States’ full support for Prime Minister al-Sarraj, the Government of National Accord, and the Libyan Political Agreement. Secretary Tillerson thanked Prime Minister al-Sarraj for his stalwart partnership in counterterrorism efforts and defeating ISIS, and conveyed the United States’ commitment to supporting the Libyan people’s efforts to build a more stable, unified, and prosperous future.
On World AIDS Day, we honor those who have lost their lives to AIDS, celebrate the progress we have made together in combatting this disease, and continue our commitment toward ending AIDS as a public health threat.
The United States is deeply concerned by the November 28 ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal of Bolivia to declare inapplicable provisions of the country’s constitution that prohibit elected officials, including the President, from serving more than two consecutive terms. The decision disregards the will of the Bolivian people as confirmed in recent referenda.
On the eve of World AIDS Day 2017, the United States announced that the impact of President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has reached historic highs through the program’s rapid acceleration of HIV prevention and treatment efforts, driven by transparent, accountable, and cost-effective investments.
Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Libya Prime Minister Fayez Serraj at the Pentagon today to discuss our defense relationship and regional security challenges.
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES N. MATTIS: Mr. Prime Minister, Ambassador and members of the delegation, welcome to the Pentagon. It's very good to have you here, on your first official visit to the Pentagon. Just let me express my appreciation for our counterterrorism partnership.
À l'occasion, de la Journée mondiale de lutte contre le sida, les États-Unis réitèrent leur engagement à mettre fin au VIH/sida. Cette journée permet aussi d’honorer la mémoire de millions de personnes qui ont perdu la vie à cause de cette maladie. Les énormes progrès réalisés par la communauté mondiale de la santé dans la lutte contre le VIH/sida continuent toutefois d'être encourageants.
MS NAUERT: Hi, everyone. Good afternoon. Hope you’re all having a good day. Many of you may have received a notice from us earlier today about World AIDS Day, and tomorrow is World AIDS Day, so to start with today I’d like to introduce our Ambassador Deborah Birx.