U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green visited the cities of Goma, Butembo, and Katwa in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on June 15. The Administrator met with healthcare workers at an Ebola Treatment Unit in Katwa, community and local leaders at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Butembo, and representatives from the NGO community.
Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier will be in Lima, Peru, June 15-18 for meetings with Minister of Foreign Relations Nestor Popolizio, Minister of Economy and Finance Carlos Oliva, and Minister of Defense Jose Huerta, among other Peruvian officials.
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi following recent Iranian attacks in the region. The Secretary shared our assessment that Iran was responsible for attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
The United States and Tunisia convened the second session of the Joint Economic Commission in Washington, D.C. on June 14. Under Secretary for International Trade at the Department of Commerce, Mr. Gil Kaplan, and State Department Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ambassador Joan Polaschik, led the U.S. delegation, supported by colleagues from across the U.S. government.
Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan spoke by phone today with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to convey deep concerns regarding Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov’s planned travel to Xinjiang, China.
Alice Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, and W. Patrick Murphy, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, will travel to Brussels June 18 to meet with counterparts from the European Union, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy. The participants will discuss issues of mutual interest, including the United States’ enduring role in promoting security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as in Afghanistan.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon. It is the assessment of the United States Government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today. This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in Washington, D.C. The Secretary and Foreign Minister reiterated their mutual commitment to restoring democracy in Venezuela and Nicaragua. They discussed Cuba’s destabilizing interference in Venezuela.
The recent release of more than 100 Nicaraguan citizens who were imprisoned for exercising their fundamental freedoms means that these Nicaraguans, who have sacrificed greatly in the struggle for genuine democracy in Nicaragua, will be reunited with their families and loved ones.