MR ICE: Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this briefing on the situation in Ethiopia. I’m sure you’ve all seen Secretary’s Pompeo’s statements on the issue where the United States has clearly expressed our deep concern over the continued fighting and the situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani in Jerusalem, Israel.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is deploying a Disaster-Assistance Response Team (DART) to respond to back-to-back hurricanes in Central America, where Hurricane Iota made landfall yesterday as a powerful Category 4 storm just two weeks after Hurricane Eta hit the same region.
On behalf of the United States of America, I send congratulations to the Latvian people as you celebrate the 102nd anniversary of your independence.
Well, thank you, Mr. Foreign Minister. It’s great to be here with many important topics to discuss today. Your point is well taken, too – the world and certainly Georgia in the middle of a deadly challenge from this virus that was released from China. We will address this together, keep our people safe. We’ll get our economies back up and going again. This is central for the prosperity of our – of your country and of the region and of the world.
The Maximum Pressure campaign against the Iranian regime continues to be extraordinarily effective. Today, Iran’s economy faces a currency crisis, mounting public debt, and rising inflation. Prior to the Maximum Pressure campaign, Iran was exporting nearly 2.5 million barrels of oil per day.
On behalf of the United States Government and the American people, I warmly congratulate the people and government of Monaco on the occasion of your 164th National Day, la Fête du Prince.
“We know that the more the Middle East embraces Israel, the brighter their future will be.”
– Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, March 2, 2020
MODERATOR: Excellencies, welcome. Please take your seats. Prime Minister, please.
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Thank you. Secretary of State Pompeo, my dear friend Mike, it’s always a pleasure to see you in Jerusalem. Foreign Minister Dr. Al Zayani, it’s a pleasure to see you again, and it’s a tremendous pleasure to welcome you for the first time ever in Jerusalem.