This week I leave for my first official visit to Sub-Saharan Africa – a trip we started planning back in November at a Ministerial of 37 African nations and the African Union.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced nearly $533 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nijeriya, as well as countries in the Lake Chad region, where millions are facing life-threatening food insecurity and malnutrition as a result of ongoing conflict or prolonged drought.
MR CABRERA: Good morning, everyone. Thank you so much for being with us today for a very, very special presentation. I’m honored to welcome our Secretary of State to George Mason, who, as you know, is on his way to a very important trip to Africa. And I’m slightly biased, but I think his choice of George Mason for this presentation couldn’t be any better.
MR SAYLES: So we have with us today Alice Wells. She’s a senior bureau official for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. She will be discussing on the record – so the ground rules are on the record – her recent trip to Kabul and also the Kabul Process conference from last week. So we’d like to, as you all know, keep the questions focused on what she’s here to brief on, and if you have other questions that kind of veer from that, we can cover them separately, but we’d like to keep it on topic to the extent possible. And with that, I will leave it to Senior Bureau Official Wells to give her opening, and then we’ll take your questions after that.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It's a great honor to have Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mrs. Netanyahu with us. They've been friends for a long time. We have, I would say, probably the best relationships right now with Israel that we ever had. I think we're as close now as, maybe, ever before.
The United States condemns the ongoing military offensive that the Assad regime, backed by Russia and Iran, is perpetrating against the people of Eastern Ghouta. After repeatedly delaying the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2401, which demanded a 30-day cessation of hostilities across Syria, Russia has gone on to ignore its terms and to kill innocent civilians under the false auspices of counterterrorism operations.
President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt. President Trump and President Al Sisi discussed opportunities to enhance the American-Egyptian partnership on a range of security and economic issues.
The United States strongly condemns the brutal attacks in West Africa that have occurred over the past few weeks, including the kidnapping by terrorists of more than 100 school girls
President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday in separate calls with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Emmanuel Macron of France. Both Chancellor Merkel and President Macron agreed with President Trump that the Syrian regime, and its Russian and Iranian supporters, should immediately and fully implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 2401, which calls for an immediate ceasefire across Syria.
MODERATOR: Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you very much for joining us for today’s teleconference. Today we will have senior State Department officials previewing the Secretary’s upcoming travel to the continent of Africa. I want to remind you that today’s call is on background, and I’ll describe the attribution in just a few seconds.