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UN Chief says ending poverty ‘a question of justice’ on International Day

Highlighting that for the United Nations, eliminating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest global challenges and priorities, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed the fundamental connection between eradicating poverty and upholding equal rights for all.

Press Releases: Tenth U.S.-Vietnam Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
October 16, 2018

The U.S. Department of State will host the plenary session of the tenth U.S.-Vietnam Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology, in cooperation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology, to discuss opportunities for U.S.-Vietnam collaboration and ways to enhance science and technology cooperation on Wednesday, October 17, at the Department of State Annex located at 1800 G Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will provide opening remarks followed by Vice Minister Bui The Duy of the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology.

The opening plenary session remarks, gift exchange, and speaker photo are open to the press beginning at 8:45 am. Pre-set time for cameras is 8:00 a.m. from 1800 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20006. Final access time for writers and stills is 8:30 a.m. from 1800 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.

Media representatives may attend through an RSVP to OES-PA-DG@state.gov. The day of the event, participants are asked to please provide one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), or (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization, or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist.

Additionally, media must present an official government photo identification card for building access (i.e., U.S. driver's license or passport).

For further information, please contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov.


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Press Releases: Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison Travel to Ukraine and Denmark To Advance Anti-Corruption Initiatives

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
October 16, 2018

Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Kirsten D. Madison will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, and Copenhagen, Denmark, October 17-23, to participate in anti-corruption focused events and discussions.

While in Ukraine, Assistant Secretary Madison will meet with officials from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, the State Border Guard Service, and members of civil society to advance U.S.-supported justice sector reform in Ukraine. She will also give remarks at a graduation ceremony for the Patrol Police Academy, which the United States helped establish.

Following engagements in Ukraine, Assistant Secretary Madison will travel to Denmark to participate in the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) on October 22. Organized by Transparency International, the IACC is the world’s premier global forum for bringing together senior government officials, civil society, and the private sector to tackle the increasingly complex challenges posed by corruption.

The State Department, through INL, combats corruption worldwide by helping governments and civil society build transparent and accountable public institutions. These efforts support the strong, stable, and fair societies overseas that offer a level playing field for U.S. businesses, and counter the transnational crime and instability that threatens Americans’ security.

For more information, please contact INL-PAPD@state.gov, and follow the INL Bureau @StateINL on Twitter and Facebook.


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Press Releases: Meetings With Saudi Leadership

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State Washington, DC
October 16, 2018

On Sunday, President Donald J. Trump directed me to travel to Saudi Arabia to impress upon Saudi Arabia’s leadership that it is essential to determine what happened to Jamal Khashoggi. Today, I met with King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Foreign Minister al-Jubeir and did just that.

We had direct and candid conversations. I emphasized the importance of conducting a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation, and the Saudi leadership pledged to deliver precisely on that.

This evening, the President called the Crown Prince, who conveyed that a serious and credible investigation is already underway. He pledged that the work of the Saudi public prosecutor will produce a full and complete conclusion with full transparency for the world to see.

During each of today’s meetings the Saudi leadership strongly denied any knowledge of what took place in their consulate in Istanbul.

My assessment from these meetings is that there is serious commitment to determine all the facts and ensure accountability, including accountability for Saudi Arabia’s senior leaders or senior officials.

The President has asked me to travel to Turkey to meet with senior leaders. We will remain in close contact with Saudi and Turkish authorities as they complete this process and ultimately announce their findings.


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Nigeria: UN chief ‘appalled’ by killing of aid worker; calls for release of remaining hostages

The United Nations Secretary-General strongly condemned on Tuesday the killing of an aid worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in north-east Nigeria. He said he was “appalled” by her death on Monday.  

UN ‘stands in solidarity’ with cyclone-hit India – Secretary-General Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed sadness at the loss of lives and devastation caused by Cyclone Titli in India and said that the Organization is ready to provide assistance.

World Food Day: here’s what the UN is doing to fix ‘intolerable’ wrong of hunger

“In our world of plenty, one person in nine does not have enough to eat”, said United Nations chief António Guterres on Tuesday, marking World Food Day. With this year’s theme, “our actions are our future”, the UN and its partners, held events and launched information campaigns worldwide, to amplify one message: achieving zero hunger by 2030 is possible, provided we “join forces”.

Conflict diamonds and climate change: Cooperate, don’t compete over natural resources urges Guterres

The struggle over natural resources often lies at the heart of violent conflicts, fuelling strife in many parts of the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, urging governments and everyone with a stake in valuable resources, to think hard about how they are managed and exploited.

Press Releases: United States and Belize Sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
October 16, 2018

Today the United States and Belize signed a new Air Transport Agreement. This Open Skies Agreement expands the two countries’ already strong commercial and economic ties by facilitating greater air travel and commerce. It will benefit airlines, travelers, businesses, shippers, airports, and localities by permitting unrestricted reciprocal market access for passenger and all-cargo airlines to fly between our two countries and beyond. The Agreement further commits both governments to high standards of safety and security. The Agreement entered into force today upon signature, superceding the U.S.-UK Air Services Agreement that has applied to U.S.-Belize air services since 1977.


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UN experts report: Business ‘dragging its feet’ on human rights worldwide

Too many businesses are putting profit above human rights and “ignoring” their obligations, while governments fail to “regulate and lead by example”, according to a United Nations human rights report, published on Tuesday.

Congolese expelled from Angola returning to ‘desperate situation’: UN refugee agency

Congolese nationals forced back across the border to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after being expelled from neighbouring Angola, “are returning to a desperate situation,” a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson said on Tuesday.

UN migration agency: young Rohingya girls, largest group of trafficking victims in camps

More than a year into the crisis in Cox’s Bazar, the number of Rohingya refugees has reached nearly one million, with young girls in Bangladesh refugee camps sold into forced labour accounting for the largest group of trafficking victims, reported the UN Migration Agency (IOM) on Tuesday.

Press Releases: EU-U.S. Cyber Dialogue Joint Elements Statement

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
October 16, 2018

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On the occasion of the fifth meeting of the EU-U.S. Cyber Dialogue in Brussels on 10 September 2018, the European Union (EU) and United States reaffirmed their strong partnership in favour of a global, open, stable and secure cyberspace where the rule of law fully applies, where the same rights that individuals have offline are protected online, and where the security, economic growth, prosperity, and integrity of free and democratic societies is promoted and preserved.

During the dialogue, the EU and United States shared information on developments in their respective cyber strategies, policies, and legislation, including the EU Joint Communication on “Resilience, Deterrence and Defence: Building Strong Cybersecurity for the EU” and the U.S. recommendations on deterrence and international engagement pursuant to the U.S. Executive Order 13800 on “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.” Both sides welcomed progress made to increase global capabilities to protect against, detect, deter, and respond to malicious cyber activities and underlined the need for coordination and cooperation in order to safeguard a global, open, stable, and secure cyberspace.

The EU and United States reaffirmed their strong commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms online and condemned undue restrictions on freedom of expression and censorship in violation of international human rights law. The EU and United States also reaffirmed their strong support for the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance and encourage all stakeholders to strengthen existing Internet governance mechanisms, including the Internet Governance Forum as the premier multi-stakeholder venue for dialogue on Internet-related public policy issues. The EU and United States also underlined the need to address the digital divide to enable economic growth, social development, and increasing cyber resilience towards cyber threats and stressed their commitment to continued capacity building assistance to this end, including through the Global Forum for Cyber Expertise.

The EU and United States endorsed the work to date by the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (UNGGE), including its landmark 2013 and 2015 reports, and look forward to a new UNGGE to take that work forward, including on the issue of how existing international law applies to State behaviour in cyberspace. The EU and United States reaffirmed their adherence to certain voluntary, non-binding norms of responsible State behaviour in cyberspace during peacetime. In addition, both sides welcomed important, ongoing work and progress on the development and implementation of cyber confidence building measures to reduce misperceptions and the risk of escalation stemming from the use of information and communications technologies. The EU and United States reaffirmed the importance of the Budapest Convention as a basis for national legislation and international cooperation in fighting cybercrime.

In order to keep cyberspace stable and secure, the EU and United States are committed to hold States accountable for actions that are contrary to the growing consensus on responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. The EU and United States affirmed the need to strengthen their cooperation in this regard, through both continued dialogue and practical collaborative efforts.

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The fifth EU-U.S. Cyber Dialogue took place on 10 September 2018 in Brussels, co-chaired by the EEAS Acting Head of Division for Security Policy Rory Domm and the U.S. Department of State Deputy Coordinator for Cyber Issues Michele Markoff. Both were joined by a number of directorates-general, departments, and other bodies. In addition, a number of EU Member States took part as observers. A stakeholder outreach event was also held in the margins of the dialogue. The next EU-U.S. Cyber Dialogue will take place in Washington in 2019.

For updates on U.S. cyber policy, follow the State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues at @State_Cyber on Twitter. Please send interview requests to SCCI_Press@state.gov.


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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
October 16, 2018

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. The Secretary reiterated the President’s concern with respect to Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, as well as the President’s desire to determine what happened. The Secretary welcomed Saudi Arabia’s support of the Turkish authorities’ investigation. The Secretary and the Crown Prince agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation that provides answers. The two also discussed regional and bilateral issues.


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Press Releases: U.S. Assistance to Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Iraq

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
October 16, 2018

As part of the continued commitment by Vice President Pence, Secretary Pompeo, and USAID Administrator Green to support ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq as highlighted earlier this year at the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the United States is proud to announce over $178 million in U.S. foreign assistance to support these vulnerable communities in Iraq. This brings total U.S. assistance for this population to nearly $300 million since Fiscal Year 2017, implemented by both the State Department and USAID.

The preservation of Iraq’s rich historical pluralism is critical to reintegrating persecuted ethnic and religious minority communities into a peaceful Iraq. U.S. efforts to meet this objective span government agencies and are being implemented urgently, in close partnership with local faith and community leaders. Our efforts focus on the following areas:

Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response (GRPR)

  • Over $133 million in recently launched activities supporting the four pillars of USAID’s GRPR Program, bringing total funding for GRPR to $239 million.
    • Meeting Immediate Needs: Over $51 million in life-saving humanitarian assistance to populations from the Ninewa Plain and western Ninewa, includes safe drinking water, food, shelter materials and household items, medical care, and psychosocial support.
    • Helping Restore Communities: $9 million in funding to support early recovery needs and restore access to services like health and education.
    • Promoting Economic Recovery: $68 million in funding to improve access to jobs and markets, support local businesses, and revive the local economy.
    • Preventing Future Atrocities: $5 million to address systemic issues affecting minority populations and prevent future atrocities.

Clearing the Explosive Remnants of War

  • Approximately $37 million in funding to support explosive remnants of war (ERW) survey, clearance, and risk education in and around minority communities. This support has enabled the Department to significantly expand the number of U.S.-funded ERW survey, clearance, and risk education teams across Ninewa and fulfills the Secretary’s pledge to expand ERW clearance efforts in Iraqi minority communities made at the July 2018 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.

Social, Economic, and Political Empowerment

  • $8.5 million in additional assistance to projects that provide psychosocial services, legal support, and initiatives to help collect evidence of human rights abuses; increase minority representation in local and provincial government; increase access to justice for children; strengthen rule of law; and provide livelihoods support and access to economic opportunities for vulnerable groups bringing the FY 2017 total to $18.5 million.

Preservation of Historic and Cultural Heritage Sites

  • $2 million in ongoing programming to support the preservation of cultural heritage sites in Northern Iraq that were targeted for destruction by ISIS and other terrorist groups, safeguarding, preserving, and restoring access to significant cultural heritage sites of minority communities.


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Press Releases: Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan's Lunch With Religious Leaders

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
October 16, 2018

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

In Baghdad on October 14, Deputy Secretary Sullivan participated in a working lunch with Iraqi religious leaders. The Deputy Secretary was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Doug Silliman, Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Major General Ricky Waddell, National Security Council Director for Iraq Matthew Zais, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs Andrew Peek.

The Deputy Secretary underlined that the United States is deeply committed to assisting persecuted religious groups, including Christian and Yazidi communities in Iraq who suffered genocide at the hands of ISIS. He emphasized the United States’ view that ensuring people of all beliefs have a secure future in Iraq is integral to the region’s stability and peace.

The United States has provided nearly $1 billion since FY 2017 in development and security assistance in Iraq, of which nearly $300 million is specifically prioritized in geographic regions with concentrations of religious component communities, such as the Ninewa Plains. A significant amount of that funding is also benefitting displaced and other conflict-affected populations in Northern Iraq, an area that hosts the majority of the country’s displaced ethnic and religious minorities.

The Deputy Secretary of State reaffirmed the U.S. government’s commitment to continued support for religious and ethnic minority communities in Iraq.


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Top UN rights official urges transparent probe into Khashoggi disappearance

The top United Nations human rights official has called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey to “reveal everything they know” about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Saudi Foreign Minister al-Jubeir

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
October 16, 2018

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Saudi Foreign Minister al-Jubeir in Riyadh. The Secretary thanked the foreign minister for his continued partnership and he and the foreign minister followed up on a range or regional and bilateral issues discussed at the UN General Assembly. The Secretary reiterated U.S. concern over Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance. The Secretary and the foreign minister agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation.


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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Saudi King Salman

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
October 16, 2018

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Saudi King Salman in Riyadh. The Secretary thanked the King for Saudi Arabia’s strong partnership with the United States. The Secretary and the King discussed a number of regional and bilateral issues. The Secretary also thanked the King for his commitment to supporting a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation of Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance.


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