The governments of the State of Qatar and the United States held the inaugural Strategic Dialogue in Washington D.C. on January 30, 2018. U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson and U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis co-chaired the opening session jointly with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Khalid al-Attiyah and Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. U.S. Secretary of Energy James R. Perry and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. participated in sessions with Qatari Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed al-Sada and Qatari Minister of Economy and Commerce Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, respectively. U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin and Qatari Minister of Finance Ali Sharif al-Emadi co-chaired the closing ceremony.
At the U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue held today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Foreign Minister Mohammed Al Thani welcomed the outcome of recent discussions on civil aviation aimed at ensuring a level playing field in the global aviation sector while maintaining the Open Skies framework of U.S. international aviation policy.
Tonight, the President made it clear that America is finally leading again. We know our country is always stronger when we take clear action that puts the safety and security of Americans first. For the first time in a long time, our friends know that they can count on the United States to have their backs, and our enemies know that we will no longer give them passes when they threaten American interests.
Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan on January 29 and 30, where he met with President Ghani, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, and other government officials. The Deputy Secretary extended his condolences to the families of the victims and all those affected by the recent terrorist attacks throughout the country. He condemned the senseless acts of terror and commended the Afghan security forces and all first responders for their bravery in responding.
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans:
America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs, and our wealth. Our nation has lost its wealth and we’re getting it back.
Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will visit Brazil January 29–February 1 to review consular operations at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia and at the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro.
The United States strongly condemns the attacks against police that took place in Colombia and Ecuador this past weekend. We mourn all those who lost their lives in these cowardly acts and our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and those injured.
Moderator: Greetings to everyone from the U.S.-European Media Hub in Brussels. I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from across Europe and thank all of you for joining today’s discussion.
Today we are pleased to be joined from New York by Ambassador Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations. Ambassador Volker has recently returned from a trip to Ukraine and Dubai which included talks with his Russian counterpart Vladislav Surkov, so this is a very timely discussion. We thank you, Ambassador Volker, for taking the time to speak with us today.
From January 27–29, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan visited Iraq to participate in the fifth U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee and for meetings with senior Iraqi government officials.
Ambassador Nikki Haley accompanied the UN Security Council on a visit to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., today to see first-hand evidence of Iran’s violations of its international commitments. The visit comes as several UN bodies are looking into Iranian noncompliance with Security Council resolutions.