SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone. It’s great to be here. It’s great for me to be able to get in here so quickly after the election, the enormous election that Prime Minister Modi won. Having run a few campaigns myself, it was incredibly impressive, and the mandate that he’s received I think is incredibly important.
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Today is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, marking the 32nd anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. President Reagan, a strong advocate for the convention, said in 1988, at the time that the United States signed the Convention that, “[r]atification of the Convention by the United States will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today.”
AMBASSADOR JUSTER: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. As the United States ambassador to India, I have the distinct privilege of introducing our speaker tonight, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Secretary Pompeo’s career has combined service in the public and private sectors in a manner that makes him uniquely qualified to address many of the important challenges in today’s world and in the U.S.-India relationship. After graduating first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Secretary Pompeo served for five years in the U.S. Army. He then went to the Harvard Law School and following graduation, worked at one of the top law firms in the country.
Traveling across Africa and meeting with government officials, business leaders, civil society, and Africa’s dynamic youth is my favorite part of the job as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. These trips are the best way to hear a range of views and to discuss concrete ways to strengthen cooperation between the United States and our African partners.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Europe and Eurasia Brock Bierman will travel to Brussels, Belgium, Paris, France, and Chisinau, Moldova June 26-July 11, 2019.
Today, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao and Argentine Minister of Transport Guillermo Dietrich signed a Protocol of Amendment that modernizes the 1985 Air Transport Services Agreement between the United States and Argentina. The signing of this important agreement is the result of a year of negotiations led by the Department of State with the Departments of Transportation and Commerce, and their Argentine counterparts.
From July 16-18, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will convene the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Advancing international religious freedom for all remains one of the defining challenges of the 21st century and is a top foreign policy priority of this administration.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. With so much going on in the world right now, sometimes it’s easy to forget about America’s commitment here in Afghanistan, but the world should know that the Trump administration hasn’t forgotten and the American people have not forgotten. We must represent their interests here as ardently as ever. That’s why it was a critical time for me to make it back to Afghanistan.
Thank you, Mr. President. We are pleased to vote in favor of this resolution authorizing the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). This is a historic moment. Today, we establish a new UN Special Political Mission that replaces the 15 year-long peacekeeping mission in Haiti. MINUJUSTH, and its predecessor mission, MINUSTAH, made important strides in the areas of stability and security, democratic governance and institutional development, and the promotion and protection of human rights in Haiti.