The United States and Cuba held the seventh Bilateral Commission meeting in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 14. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs John Creamer led the U.S. delegation. The Cuban delegation was led by Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, the Foreign Ministry’s Director General for U.S. Affairs.
The United States remains concerned by reports of impending Syrian government operations in southwest Syria within the boundaries of the de-escalation zone negotiated between the United States, Jordan, and the Russian Federation last year and reaffirmed between Presidents Trump and Putin in Da Nang, Vietnam in November. The United States remains committed to maintaining the stability of the southwest de-escalation zone and to the ceasefire underpinning it.
We welcome the Center’s continued work on border management training, strengthening good governance and anti-corruption, promoting respect for international human rights, including the freedom of religion or belief, and combating trafficking in persons.
On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend my best wishes to our Muslim friends and partners celebrating Eid al-Fitr.
The United States is deeply dismayed by reports that former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, and Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed have been sentenced to prison without being afforded necessary procedural protections, including a fair trial with the opportunity to call defense witnesses and have defense counsel.
The United States remains concerned by reports of impending Syrian government operations in southwest Syria within the boundaries of the de-escalation zone negotiated between the United States, Jordan, and the Russian Federation last year and reaffirmed between Presidents Trump and Putin in Da Nang, Vietnam in November.
Mr. Chair, intense fighting near the Donetsk Filtration Station led to a temporary suspension of its operations last week, jeopardizing the water supply for over 350,000 people. While we welcome the reopening of the station, more must be done to ensure real and lasting security for the brave workers and SMM monitors who are committed to keeping the water running.
Madame Minister, the United States warmly welcomes you to the Permanent Council in your capacity as Chair of the Council of Europe Committee of Foreign Ministers. The OSCE shares many of Croatia's priorities during its Chairmanship, such as combating corruption, protecting national minorities, promoting strong local democratic institutions, and protecting cultural heritage.
MS NAUERT: And so this will be on the record, but again, we have the meetings with Japan and South Korea tomorrow, and so we're not going to get ahead of those.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Mr. Chairman, it's a great honor to be with you. And I know that we will have tremendous success together, and we will solve a big problem, a big dilemma that, until this point, has been unable to be solved. I know that, working together, we will get it taken care of. So it's a great honor. Thank you very much.