The United States offers its congratulations to Narendra Modi and his National Democratic Alliance on their decisive victory in India’s national elections.
Today, I made a determination pursuant to section 36 of the Arms Export Control Act and directed the Department to complete immediately the formal notification of 22 pending arms transfers to Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia totaling approximately $8.1 billion to deter Iranian aggression and build partner self-defense capacity.
Today, the United States of America and the Kingdom of the Netherlands are pleased to announce Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and business leader Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga will lead the closing session at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in The Hague, The Netherlands.
On May 23, 2019, the United States of America hosted the 16th U.S.-EU Information Society Dialogue (ISD) in Washington, D.C. Robert Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State, and Roberto Viola, Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), European Commission, co-chaired the dialogue.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom from May 30 to June 5.
QUESTION: I’m wondering if there is any effort to work through the Europeans to send messages of restraint or otherwise to the Iranians.
MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. The Secretary actually talked about this a little bit in the past week, in the sense of his broader discussions with the Europeans.
The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Tom Babington:
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Middle East Bureau Assistant Administrator Mike Harvey visited Lebanon May 21-22. Harvey met with Lebanese business leaders and discussed mobilizing the private sector to meet immediate refugee-driven pressures, while addressing long-term development goals.
Chairman Engel, Ranking Member McCaul, distinguished Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to testify. Chairman Engel, Ranking Member McCaul, I want to thank you for your committee’s close attention to this issue. Last November I testified before the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee and I’m honored to have the opportunity to be here before the Full Committee today. Our tactics have evolved over the course of the past months, but we remain steadfast in our resolve to pursue the strategic goals in Syria I outlined last time.
Under Secretary David Hale will travel to Ecuador May 22-23 to strengthen our growing bilateral partnership. He will meet with President Lenin Moreno and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Valencia and launch the new Bilateral Political Dialogue that President Moreno and Vice President Pence agreed to during Vice President Pence’s visit to Quito in June 2018.
The United States continues to closely watch the military operations by the Assad regime in northwest Syria, including indications of any new use of chemical weapons by the regime.
Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of May 19, 2019.