The United States congratulates the people of Ecuador on successfully participating in a peaceful and fair national referendum on February 4, 2018. We commend Ecuador’s inclusion of independent observers from international organizations and the diplomatic community to help safeguard transparency.
The United States considers the global eradication of ISIS a top American foreign policy priority. With our help and that of our partners in the 74-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Iraq has liberated all of its territory and is now focused on the important work of stabilizing and rebuilding liberated areas. Kuwait has taken a leading role in advancing that goal.
The Department of Defense and the Office of Military Commissions will allocate seats for news media aboard military chartered aircraft for travel from Joint Base Andrews to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to cover military commission pre-trial proceedings scheduled for United States v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad et. al., Feb. 26 – Mar. 2.
QUESTION: Hi Heather. After the Pakistan attack, Afghan delegation prepared some documents on evidence to show to Pakistan authority. And for the first time, Pakistani authority accepted that – they are – they blamed themselves almost. And after that, Pakistan delegation came to Afghanistan to discuss about peace process or something like that, but still it didn’t work. Pakistani army shooting rockets against – towards Afghanistan. What do you think – although President Trump said they are not able to talk again with the Taliban regarding peace process in Afghanistan?
The United States is disappointed that the President of Poland has signed legislation that would impose criminal penalties for attributing Nazi crimes to the Polish state. We understand this law will be referred to Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal. Enactment of this law adversely affects freedom of speech and academic inquiry.
SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, first let me thank President Kuczynski for allowing me to come by and call on him and for our meeting this morning. This is really a very strong bilateral relationship that exists between the United States and Peru. We talked about a number of areas of cooperation between the United States and Peru, both in terms of security measures but also economic and trade, and how to strengthen democracy in this part of the world – so important to both of us.
February 6 marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). The United States stands in solidarity with governments and communities around the world working to end this human rights abuse.
SECRETARY TILLERSON: None whatsoever. I’ve just – I’ve had a very warm welcome in every country we’ve visited. I think it’s important to remember that out of the 20 trade agreements that the U.S. has in place, 12 of them are with countries in this hemisphere.
The United States is gravely alarmed by continued allegations of the use of chlorine gas by the Syrian Regime to terrorize innocent civilians, this time in Idlib Province near Saraqib.
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a UN Security Council briefing on chemical weapons use in Syria.