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2017-10-23

Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in Rakhine State, Burma

Burma in recent years has emerged from a half-century of authoritarian rule and undertaken a significant transition to an open, democratic society. The U.S. Administration supports this transition and the elected civilian government as important means to achieve peace, stability, and prosperity in the interests of all peoples of Burma and the U.S.-Burma partnership.


Strong Women, Better World: How the State Department Supports Gender Equity through Sports Innovation

Last month, the Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP) kicked off its sixth year as 17 young female leaders from across the world began a month-long program in the United States focused on creating positive social change through sports innovation, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. Over the course of the exchange program, female executives from U.S. sports organizations work with the international mentees, providing valuable insight and guidance about business concepts in a sporting environment. Throughout the program, the international participants further develop management skills, networking tactics, and leadership strategies, all culminating in the development of a strategic plan for creating sports opportunities for underserved populations in their home communities.

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Readout of a Meeting between Ambassador Haley and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ambassador Haley thanked Prime Minister Hailemariam for his country’s leadership in continuing to host desperate people fleeing conflict in the region and for Ethiopia’s decades-long generosity hosting refugees from nearby countries.

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Readout of a Meeting between Ambassador Haley and African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs Minata Samate Cessouma

Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, met with African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs Minata Samate Cessouma at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ambassador Haley and Commissioner Samate discussed a range of topics of mutual concern on the continent, including the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and the situations in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mali.

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2017-10-22

Ongoing U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Rakhine State Crisis, Burma

The U.S. government has provided nearly $40 million in life-saving emergency assistance in direct response to the Rakhine State crisis since August 25. This brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance in FY 2017 to displaced Burmese in Burma and the region to nearly $104 million.


Remarks With Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you very much, Foreign Minister Jubeir, and as I commented earlier today, this is my third visit now to Riyadh this year as Secretary of State. It’s clearly an indication of the importance of the relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in particular I was pleased to come to participate in this inaugural meeting of the Coordination Council that’s been established between Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson And Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you very much, Foreign Minister Jubeir, and as I commented earlier today, this is my third visit now to Riyadh this year as Secretary of State. It’s clearly an indication of the importance of the relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in particular I was pleased to come to participate in this inaugural meeting of the Coordination Council that’s been established between Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

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Remarks With Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you very much, Excellency, and it’s again a pleasure to be in Doha, a place I’ve visited and known for many, many years. I want to thank His Highness the Emir for the very generous time he gave me so we could have an important discussion about a number of topics, and we just concluded also a very useful bilateral with His Excellency Foreign Minister al-Thani.

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Secretary of State Rex TillersonAt the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Inaugural Coordination Council Meeting

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Your Majesty, Prime Minister, Excellencies, and delegation members, it is indeed a pleasure to return to Riyadh, particularly for this endeavor. I thank His Majesty King Salman for his hospitality and for hosting us today for this important event.

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2017-10-20

Raqqa’s Liberation from ISIS

We congratulate the Syrian people and the Syrian Democratic Forces, including the Syrian Arab Coalition, on the liberation of Raqqa. The United States is proud to lead the 73-member Global Coalition that supported this effort, which has seen ISIS’s so-called caliphate crumble across Iraq and Syria. Our work is far from over but the liberation of Raqqa is a critical milestone in the global fight against ISIS, and underscores the success of the ongoing international and Syrian effort to defeat these terrorists.


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