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Media Note – U.S. Delegation to the 62nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. Delegation attending the 62nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to be held March 12–23, 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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Media Note – Under Secretary Shannon Participates in G-7 Political Directors’ Meeting

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. will travel to Ottawa, Canada, March 11–12, to participate in the G-7 Political Directors’ meeting. Canada holds the G-7 presidency for 2018.

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call With President Mauricio Macri of Argentina

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina to discuss the strong partnership between the two countries.

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Remarks – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Djiboutian Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf at a Joint Press Availability

FOREIGN MINISTER YOUSSOUF: (Via interpreter) The Secretary of State has had two crucial meetings with myself and with the President of the United States. The Secretary of State is here at the beginning of his five-nation African tour, and Djibouti is extremely proud to be on the list of countries that the Secretary of State is visiting.

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Media Note – Reward Offer for Information on Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Factions Key Leaders

The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards for information leading to the identification or location of three key leaders associated with the terrorist organization Tehrik–e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and affiliated factions.

Remarks – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki at a Press Availability

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, first, let me thank Chairperson Faki for taking the time to meet with me. We had a very good meeting when I was able to host him at the high-level dialogue in Washington this past November, when we met with many other African leaders as well. And I’m really pleased to be here in the continent and I expressed to the chairperson and his colleagues that it was appropriate that I begin my visit to Africa here with the African Union leaders as well, to further our partnership with the African Union.

Remarks – Colonel Ryan Dillon, Spokesperson for the Global Coalition

In Syria, the fight continues against Daesh in the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV). Over the past two weeks, the Syrian Democratic Forces have completed clearance operations in Kharayij and Al Bahrah, north of Abu Kamal, as well as back-clearing more than 100 square kilometers between the Euphrates River and the Syria-Iraq border.

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Response to the Report of Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Madam Director, the United States warmly welcomes you back to the Permanent Council. Earlier this week I had the opportunity over a few days to strengthen my understanding of ODIHR’s activities and exchange views with ODIHR about how we can more effectively coordinate in our efforts. As a result, I have a much greater appreciation for the professionalism and dedication of your staff in carrying out your mandate in often quite difficult circumstances. I commend you on a well-run operation, which no doubt will continue to strengthen under your leadership.

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On the Transnistrian Settlement Process

The United States remains firmly committed to the core goal of achieving a comprehensive, peaceful, and sustainable settlement of the conflict based on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova with a special status for Transnistria within Moldova’s internationally-recognized borders. We are firmly committed to a results-oriented 5+2 settlement process.

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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

Mr. Chair, progress in implementing the Minsk agreements remains elusive. In its February 27 weekly report, the SMM recorded 52 sightings of weapons proscribed by the Minsk agreements within the established withdrawal lines: six in government-controlled areas and 46 in areas controlled by Russia-led forces.

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