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.
The United States condemns the Venezuelan government’s latest anti-democratic action: requiring newly elected governors to submit to the illegitimate Constituent Assembly to be sworn into office. The use of this illegitimate, parallel institution to take over the country’s constitutional authorities is alarming.
My relationship with India dates back to about 1998, so almost 20 years now, when I began working on issues related to India’s energy security. And I’ve had many trips to the country, obviously, over those many years. And it was a real privilege to do business with the Indian counterparts then, and it’s been a great honor this year to work with the Indian leaders as Secretary of State. And I do look forward to returning to Delhi next week for the first time in my official capacity. This visit could not come at a more promising time for U.S.-Indian relations and the U.S.-India partnership.
The Secretary gave a speech today on U.S.-India relations for the next hundred years to implement President Trump’s new strategy for South Asia. And the policy – the policies that you heard today in the Secretary’s speech were the culmination of several months of deliberation within the national security cabinet on the best approach to address challenges in South Asia and on the opportunities.
In the ensuing three years of fighting, we halted ISIS' advance and have beaten them back on all fronts. Our partners have removed ISIS from 87 percent of territory they once held, liberating more than 6.5 million people. And this July, with coalition support, our Iraqi Security Force partners achieved a hard-fought victory liberating Mosul, the largest city ISIS has held.
Well, thank you so much, John, and it is a real pleasure to be back in the building. And I was asking John if the building was meeting all the expectations that we had when this project was undertaken, and I see so many faces in the room that were a big part of bringing this to a reality. I think he told me there’s four simultaneous events going on today, and I said, “Perfect. That’s exactly what we had in mind.”
“Our goal in discussing the Middle East is to work on peace, security, and human rights for the region. We can’t talk about stability in the Middle East without talking about Iran. That’s because nearly every threat to peace and security in the Middle East is connected to Iran’s outlaw behavior.
Thanks, Dr. Huxley, for that kind introduction -- I'm truly honored to address this accomplished group of leaders here at the Fullerton Lecture. Your diverse and informed opinions are part and parcel of the incubator of ideas that makes this region such an impactful place.
I’d like to start today talking a little bit about our Deputy Secretary’s travel to Tokyo, Japan. Deputy Secretary John Sullivan held some bilateral meetings in Tokyo today with his counterpart, the Japanese vice foreign minister, as well as the national security advisor.
On October 13, National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster spoke to Chad President Idriss Deby Itno to underscore the importance of the bilateral relationship and Chad’s effort as a key partner in countering terrorism.