STUTTGART, Germany – A safe, stable, secure and prosperous Africa is an enduring United States interest. Niger is an important partner to the U.S. The United States and Niger have a long-standing bilateral relationship. Our militaries have been stalwart allies focused on working together to deter and to defeat terrorist threats in the West African nation and across the Sahel region.
Ambassador Nikki Haley will travel to Ethiopia, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo October 23-28. In addition to meeting with government officials, African Union officials, and representatives of UN agencies and programs, Ambassador Haley will meet with men, women, and children on the ground for whom UN operations are there to protect and support.
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.