Under Secretary David Hale provided opening remarks and Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy chaired the fourth meeting of the Friends of Sudan in Washington, D.C., on October 21. Sudanese Finance Minister Ibrahim Elbadawi joined representatives from Egypt, France, Germany, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Norway, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the African Union, the European Union, the United Nations, the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank to discuss how the international community can support Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government’s economic reform efforts.
South Sudan faces a critical moment in the journey toward a peaceful and prosperous future. There are now less than four weeks for political leaders to form a transitional government as they committed to in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. The United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway (the Troika) have consistently welcomed assurances by the parties to implement the agreement and meet its deadlines, and hoped that recent meetings between South Sudan’s leadership show a renewed spirit of cooperation. We commend the actions of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to broker the agreement and maintain momentum and take hope from the continued reduction in overall violence in South Sudan.
Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched the BetterTogether, JuntosEsMejor, Challenge. With this new partnership, USAID and IDB will provide $13.5 million to crowdsource, fund, and scale innovative solutions that support Venezuelans inside the country, Venezuelans across Latin America and the Caribbean, and the communities hosting them.
Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel October 22-25 to Charleston, South Carolina, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Miami, Florida. In Charleston and Miami he will review U.S. passport facility operations.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen, it is an honor to be here, along with Administrator Bridenstine, distinguished members of Congress, and industry leaders to welcome you to this celebration of the 70th International Astronautical Congress.
Yesterday’s attack on worshippers at a mosque in Nangarhar, Afghanistan reveals the cowardice and cruelty of those who disregard human life and perpetuate violence against innocents.
On October 21-22, the United States, Bahrain, and Poland will co-host the Warsaw Ministerial’s Maritime and Aviation Security Working Group, in Manama, Bahrain, fulfilling a commitment made at the Ministerial to Advance Peace and Security in the Middle East in February 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.
Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts Christa Koch and Jessica Meir during the first all-woman spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS). Both Koch and Meir were members of NASA’s 2013 astronaut class, half of whom were women. Koch is currently serving on an extended mission to the ISS and is scheduled to achieve the record for the longest stay in space by a woman. The President was joined on the call by Vice President Mike Pence, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Secretary Pompeo, welcome once again to Jerusalem. Mike, we’ve had important discussions about strengthening our alliance, the region, the various challenges that we face together, and I want to thank you for – and the President for – your consistent support for Israel.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: