Thank you, Foreign Minister Blok, for chairing this meeting. And thank you to Under-Secretary-General Lowcock for once again laying out the facts about what’s happening in Syria. I also want to personally welcome Karen Pierce to the Council, and I know all of us here look forward to working with you, though today we have a very difficult subject to address.
On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I want to thank President Mirziyoyev and the Government of Uzbekistan and President Ghani and the Government of Afghanistan for bringing us together to reaffirm our support for peace and stability in Afghanistan, as well as security and prosperity across the region.
The National Security Advisors of the United States of America, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates met at the White House on Friday, March 23, to discuss issues of strategic importance to the three countries, including joint efforts to counter the Iranian regime's malign influence and provocative behavior.
On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury.
Today, the United States began the process of expelling 12 intelligence operatives from the Russian Mission to the United Nations who have abused their privilege of residence in the United States. After a review, we have determined that the 12 intelligence operatives engaged in espionage activities that are adverse to our national security. Our actions are consistent with the United Nations Headquarters Agreement.
Today President Donald J. Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing.
Thank you very much, Mr. President.
We gather today to commemorate a shameful and brutal period in the world’s history. We remember the over 10 million men, women, and children who lost their lives and their dignity at the hands of the transatlantic slave trade.
On March 22, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to affirm the longstanding and vital U.S.-Saudi ties, as well as our strong and enduring bilateral relations.
At the 37th Human Rights Council session in Geneva, February 26-March 23, the U.S. addressed urgent human rights situations around the world. This session brought attention to human rights issues in Iran, Syria, North Korea, Burma, Cambodia and South Sudan, among others.
Today, the UN Human Rights Council adopted five resolutions condemning Israel. At the same time, the Council adopted only one resolution each against North Korea, Iran, and Syria. Every March, the Council sets aside only two sessions to debate human rights violations and abuses in all countries and another entire session just to debate a single country, Israel.