In his address at an event on The Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom in September 2019, President Trump said: “Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution, to stop the crimes against people of faith, release prisoners of conscience, repeal laws restricting freedom of religion and belief, protect the vulnerable, the defenseless, and the oppressed.”
We are pleased to announce that Poland will host the “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom” in Warsaw from July 14-16, 2020. The Ministerial will be organized in close cooperation with the United States and include participation from countries from across the world.
Applications are now being accepted for the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Virtual Air Quality Fellowship program. This fellowship is a vital component of DOS and EPA’s collaborative efforts to improve access to continuous air quality data worldwide. The fellowship program is managed by the Greening Diplomacy Initiative in the Office of Management Strategy and Solutions.
On February 3, the State Department hosted a ceremony for the signing of an agreement between the U.S. government, the Bailiwick of Jersey, and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the return of more than $308 million to the Nigerian people. In the 1990s, the assets were stolen by former military dictator Sani Abacha, and stashed abroad.
One of the single biggest promises I made to the American people was to replace the disastrous NAFTA trade deal. In fact, unfair trade is perhaps the single biggest reason that I decided to run for President. Following NAFTA's adoption, our Nation lost one in four manufacturing jobs. Many politicians came and went, pledging to change or replace NAFTA -- only to do so and then absolutely nothing happened. But unlike so many who came before me, I keep my promises. We did our job. Six days ago, I replaced NAFTA and signed the brand new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law.
President Trump continues to lead an American foreign policy that bolsters our security and prosperity, strengthens our alliances and partnerships, and protects our precious freedoms.
The United States once again condemns the continued, unjustifiable, and ruthless assaults on the people of Idlib by the Assad regime, Russia, Iran, and Hizballah. The February 3 mortar attack on Turkish observation posts by the Assad regime forces is a grave escalation and follows ongoing vicious attacks impacting civilians, humanitarian workers, and infrastructure.
Since 2017, the United States has provided over $656 million in aid to the Venezuela crisis, of which nearly $473 million is humanitarian assistance for the close to 4.8 million Venezuelans who have been forced to flee their country and those facing acute humanitarian needs inside Venezuela. The Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) provided more than $208 million of that total to provide Venezuelans with food and shelter, register for services, and integrate them into host countries.
Today, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo joined the five foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, The Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in Tashkent, Uzbekistan for a minister-level meeting of the C5+1.
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael Kozak will travel to Mexico and Guatemala from February 4 through 8 to promote regional prosperity, security, and democratic governance.