On December 4, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto attended the Somalia Security Pact Review in Mogadishu. The meeting was chaired by President Farmaajo and provided the opportunity for stakeholders invested in Somalia’s security and stability to discuss the development of Somali security institutions.
Recent events – including the disruption of a high-level corruption investigation, the arrest of officials from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), and the seizure of sensitive NABU files – raise concerns about Ukraine’s commitment to fighting corruption.
Today, the Government of the United States and the Government of Israel entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to advance the common goals of reducing energy poverty and increasing access to energy in sub-Saharan Africa through innovative partnerships between private enterprise, African governments, and foreign assistance.
President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France. The Presidents agreed on the need for the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to resolve their differences through dialogue.
The United States has decided to end participation in the UN process to develop a Global Compact on Migration (GCM).
And just a reminder, we were just talking about the spa and everything there at the hotel, this is a country that exists within a few dozen kilometers of four nations altogether -- Jordan and Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel. But we all met there peacefully in that beautiful setting, and a reminder that when there's the political will to work together, countries with different domestic agendas, different foreign policies, can certainly work together when there's the political will
Today, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration.
DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Ambassador Birx. You and your team at the department, and the efforts you lead throughout the interagency, are why we are able to stand here today and reflect upon so many positive stories. Thank you for all you’ve done, you and your team. We’re grateful for your leadership and for your commitment to ridding the world of HIV/AIDS.
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.