Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) pours resources into exporting destabilizing influence throughout the Middle East, even as the Iranian people are victims of a struggling economy.
Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson will travel to Paris, France, and London, the United Kingdom May 14-18, 2018.
MS FITZSIMMONS: Thank you, good morning from the State Department. Thank you to everyone for joining us for today’s background briefing on the upcoming opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. We have two briefers this morning. Our briefers are the United States Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who will be referred to as Senior Administration Official One. We are also joined by Special Assistant to the President, and Senior Director for Strategic Assessment of the National Security Council, Victoria Coates. She will be referred to as from here on as Senior Administration Official Two.
THE PRESIDENT: This is a great honor. Hopefully everything is going to work out at the highest level.
We witnessed another week of violence as a result of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
Since my esteemed Russian colleague raised again the U.S. opposition to a UN resolution on Combating the Glorification of Nazis as well as hate groups in the United States, please allow me to just take a moment to repeat our clear position on these issues. I will be very brief. I would just like to correct any possible misinterpretation.
The United States congratulates Armenia on its election May 8 of a new prime minister.
Ensuring respect for the freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief is a pillar of our shared OSCE commitments and the OSCE’s comprehensive concept of security. As recently as the Kyiv Ministerial meeting in 2013, participating States “committed to ensuring respect for and enjoyment of freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief for all.”
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, in Article 20, that “Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.” In Copenhagen in 1990, OSCE participating States reaffirmed that “Everyone will have the right of peaceful assembly and demonstration,” and “The right of association will be guaranteed.” These words are as powerful as they are clear, and must be respected in every participating State of the OSCE region, regardless of culture, language, or tradition.
On behalf of the U.S. government, please allow me to congratulate my colleagues in this room on the occasion of Europe Day and offer good wishes to your nearly 750 million co-citizens.