MODERATOR: Thank you very much, and thank you, everyone, for joining us today. I’m glad to have with us today [Senior State Department Official]. He’s going to talk to us today on background about Secretary Pompeo’s travel tomorrow to Mexico City.
The United States and China jointly hosted a regional workshop on Counter Nuclear Smuggling from July 10 - 12, 2018, at the China National Nuclear Security Center of Excellence outside of Beijing. This collaboration reaffirmed the commitment of both nations to partner together against the threat of nuclear terrorism.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much, everybody. Appreciate it. We’ve had a very amazing two-day period in Brussels. And we really accomplished a lot, with respect to NATO. For years, Presidents have been coming to these meetings and talked about the expense -- the tremendous expense for the United States. And tremendous progress has been made; everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they’ve never thought of before.
Since the July 1 ceasefire, violations remain at low levels, but key pieces of civilian infrastructure remain at risk, most especially the Donetsk Filtration Station. Despite explicit security guarantees, the SMM observed more than 1500 ceasefire violations within a 15 kilometer radius of the Station between June 25 and July 1. We applaud the efforts of those, especially the SMM, who are facilitating the movement of employees to and from the station, but the sides can and must do more to implement a ceasefire there and end the threat to 300,000 Ukrainian citizens’ drinking water.
The United States warmly welcomes you, Ambassador Scanlan, to the Permanent Council for your final report. Your leadership and support helped the Sides to bring about unprecedented progress towards resolving a seemingly intractable security challenge during a time of great insecurity in Europe.
This year marks 23 years since the Srebrenica genocide. Today, we Americans join together with the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina to honor the memory of the more than 8,000 men and boys who perished in Srebrenica.
Twenty-two women entrepreneurs from 13 African countries arrive in the United States this week to connect with their American counterparts and accelerate the growth of their businesses. The businesswomen in this year’s African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) join a network that has created thousands of jobs and over 20 women’s business associations in sub-Saharan Africa.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will accompany President Donald J. Trump to Helsinki, Finland, for the President's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16. While in Helsinki, Secretary Pompeo will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss a range of issues on the U.S.-Russian agenda.
This week, we remember Russian human rights defender and Novaya Gazeta journalist Natalya Estemirova and Forbes journalist and editor, Paul Klebnikov, an American citizen.
The eighth EU-U.S. Energy Council met today in Brussels. This was the first meeting of the Energy Council during the Administration of President Donald J. Trump and allowed for a substantial exchange of views, in an open and constructive atmosphere, on the opportunities for transatlantic energy cooperation.