Today, USAID Administrator Mark Green and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump met with businesswomen in the coffee industry at Dumerso Coffee in Addis Ababa to discuss opportunities and challenges women entrepreneurs face in Ethiopia. During the meeting, Ms. Trump expressed the United States' support for improving opportunities for women to start and grow their businesses in Ethiopia.
4:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Pompeo visits the Center for Transitional Assistance for Migrants, in Cucuta, Colombia.
On April 12, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan led an interagency team of United States senior officials and experts to U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) headquarters in Miami, Florida, where he hosted ministers and disaster management officials from 18 Caribbean countries, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, and the Regional Security System to launch the new “U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership.”
The text of the following joint statement was issued by the governments of the United States, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago following the Ministerial of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership in Miami, FL on April 12, 2019.
The United States congratulates Yemeni parliamentarians who convened today for the first time since 2014. This is an important step taken by the Yemeni government to reinvigorate legitimate government institutions, resume progress on implementing the National Dialogue Conference outcomes, and complete the peaceful transition of power envisioned by the GCC Initiative.
DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Julie. Good morning, Your Excellencies, leaders from the region, partners, friends, representatives of CDEMA, RSS officials, and of course my colleague across the U.S. Government who are here, in particular Admiral Faller, who is our host this morning, and his colleagues at SOUTHCOM. In particular, I want to thank all of the officials from countries in the Caribbean who traveled here today to share your perspectives, experience, and knowledge, which is so important for us to share.
Today, the U.S. government will release the fourth collection of declassified documents pertaining to human rights abuses in Argentina between 1975 and 1983, culminating a historic effort by U.S. government agencies to release all such records from this period.
“This is how prosperity is built, how democracies are strengthened. Voters opting for bolder visions. Countries fighting their own internal foes and opening themselves up to new, external relationships. We cannot miss how momentous this moment is for the hemisphere.” – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, April 12, 2019.
Washington – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four companies that operate in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy, pursuant to E.O. 13850, as amended. Additionally, OFAC identified nine vessels, some of which transported oil from Venezuela to Cuba, as blocked property owned by the four companies. The United States is continuing to take strong action against the illegitimate regime of former President Nicolas Maduro, to include those that prop up Maduro’s regime and contribute to Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis.
FOREIGN MINISTER AMPUERO: (Via interpreter) Good afternoon, everyone. This morning, Secretary of State Mr. Michael Pompeo was received by President of the Republic Mr. Sebastian Pinera. After that, we had very fruitful working sessions in the foreign ministry. We've gone over through different topics including bilateral, regional, and global topics.