Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama

3 Sep

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.  Secretary Pompeo welcomed Nigeria’s deployment of 200 ventilators, sent from the United States last month.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Onyeama also discussed combatting COVID-19 and building health security as foreign policy priorities, and they agreed on the importance of a robust Africa CDC that considers the diverse needs across the region.

 

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Swiss Foreign Minister Cassis

2 Sep

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis. Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Cassis for Switzerland’s continued and constructive role as our protecting power in Iran and for its assistance in caring for and repatriating U.S. citizens wrongly imprisoned by the Iranian regime. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister also discussed our deepening economic ties and the important progress that U.S. and Swiss firms are making together in the battle against COVID-19.

 

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita

1 Sep

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates Nasser Bourita by video teleconference after announcing the conclusion of a bilateral Enhanced Immunities Agreement. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Bourita underlined the strong, enduring nature of the U.S.-Morocco strategic partnership.

The two leaders discussed opportunities to increase bilateral cooperation to create a more secure and prosperous region. Secretary Pompeo thanked Morocco for its leadership on critically important public health efforts in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic and noted King Mohammed VI’s advancement of a bold and far-reaching reform agenda over the past two decades. Secretary Pompeo encouraged the Moroccan government to continue to support UN-facilitated efforts to resolve the conflict in Libya and end its destabilizing effects throughout the region. The Secretary highlighted Moroccan efforts in the shared fight against terrorism and the role Morocco plays in preventing violent extremism. Additionally, Secretary Pompeo commended Moroccan partnership in preserving the cultural heritage of religious minorities, interfaith dialogue, and religious tolerance.

 

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Republic of Cyprus President Anastasiades

1 Sep

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Republic of Cyprus (ROC) President Nicos Anastasiades. Secretary Pompeo and President Anastasiades discussed the deepening U.S.-ROC bilateral security relationship. Secretary Pompeo informed President Anastasiades of his decision to waive restrictions temporarily for FY 2021 on the export, re-export, retransfer, and temporary import of non-lethal defense articles and defense services controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation destined for or originating in Cyprus. The Secretary reaffirmed U.S. support for a comprehensive settlement to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation, which would benefit all Cypriots as well as the wider region.

 

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Industry Advisory on North Korea Ballistic Missile Procurement

1 Sep

Office of the Spokesperson

Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security are issuing an advisory on North Korea’s ballistic missile procurement activities.

The advisory identifies key procurement entities and deceptive techniques used by North Korea’s missile program, provides an overview of relevant provisions under U.S. law, including sanctions authorities, related to DPRK proliferation activities, and lists relevant resources. The advisory also contains annexes listing key items used in North Korea’s ballistic missile program, as well as DPRK persons and entities currently subject to sanctions by the U.S. Government.

North Korea’s continued efforts to expand its ballistic missile capabilities pose a significant threat to both regional and global stability. In 2017, North Korea conducted its inaugural tests of intercontinental ballistic missile systems, and, over the past year, has continued to test launch ballistic missiles in violation of a series of United Nations Security Council Resolutions. The United States is committed to working with our international partners to help limit the threat posed by North Korea’s missile development efforts, disrupting North Korea’s attempts to procure technologies for these programs, and promoting accountability for those entities and individuals assisting North Korea’s ballistic missile program.

We urge the private sector to remain vigilant to efforts by North Korea to acquire missile-related technologies and equipment, including the specific items identified in this advisory, and to be aware of the sanctions risks under U.S. and UN authorities for assisting, even inadvertently, North Korea’s ballistic missile-related procurement.

Link to the advisory here: https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/documents/pdfs/2600-2020-north-korea-ballistic-missile-advisory

 

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Guyanese President Ali

31 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Guyanese President Mohamed Irfaan Ali.  Secretary Pompeo congratulated President Ali on his electoral victory, which reflected a free, fair, credible, and transparent electoral process that respects the rule of law and the will of the Guyanese people.  The Secretary added that the United States looks forward to working with Guyana to advance shared values, economic prosperity, and security in the region.

 

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Troika Statement on the Peace Agreement between Sudan Armed Opposition Groups

31 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

The United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway (the Troika) welcome the peace agreement between the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the Civilian-led Transitional Government of Sudan, initialed on 28 August 2020 as the first step in a long process to rebuild hope and stability for conflict-affected communities in Sudan.  The peace agreement lays a foundation for sustainable peace and stability in Darfur and other conflict-affected areas that is critical for Sudan’s democratic transition.

We recognize the concessions all have made to conclude these negotiations and call on all parties to implement the agreement in good faith, with the same spirit of partnership and compromise, and in a way that complement the ongoing talks with other groups.  The agreement demonstrates the commitment of the parties to prioritize peace as called for in the August 2019 Constitutional Decree.  It is an important step in restoring security, dignity, and development to the population of Sudan’s conflict-affected and marginalized areas.  We believe the formal agreement must be followed up with local peace and reconciliation efforts in the conflict-affected areas.

The Troika urges the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North-Abdelaziz al-Hilu and the Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdulwahid Al Nur to build on this achievement and to engage in serious negotiations with the Government of Sudan in order to achieve the promise of a comprehensive peace called for by the Sudanese people in the revolution of December 2018.  All Sudanese have the right to live in peace and enjoy the same privileges and responsibilities.  Only a fully inclusive national process can address fundamental questions relating to the identity of the state.

The non-violent December 2018 Revolution provided a once-in-a generation opportunity to transform Sudan into an inclusive, peaceful, and just state.  The recent increase in violence in in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, and Port Sudan highlights the challenges to achieving sustainable peace.  We urge the government and its partners to establish the Peace Commission and the Transitional Legislative Council and begin to bring accountable administration and justice to all of Sudan.  A just Sudan requires neutral and professional security services that protect and safeguard all Sudanese equally.  We urge the SRF, other opposition groups, and political parties to put aside differences and personal ambitions for the good of their entire country.  The Troika urges Sudan’s diverse communities to overcome old enmities and to unite to support this singular opportunity for lasting peace.

We commend the Government of South Sudan for its role in mediating the peace negotiations, and recognize the valuable support provided by the United Nations and regional and bilateral partners that helped make the peace agreement possible.

The Troika will continue to support the Sudanese people in their quest for freedom, peace, and justice.

 

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Deputy Secretary of State Biegun’s Meetings in Vienna, Austria

29 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

During his August 27-28 visit to Vienna, Austria, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun represented the United States at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Permanent Council to discuss the situation in Belarus.

At the OSCE, the Deputy Secretary delivered remarks calling for an immediate end to the violence against the Belarusian people and the release of all those unjustly detained, including American citizen Vitali Shkliarov. He emphasized that the people of Belarus must be provided the self-determination to choose their own leaders through a truly free and fair election under independent observation.

Deputy Secretary Biegun and Ambassador James Gilmore, the United States Representative to the OSCE, met separately with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, the OSCE Chair-in-Office, to express support for the OSCE’s offer to facilitate a national dialogue between the government of Belarus and representatives of civil society and the opposition. Deputy Secretary Biegun also met with other foreign counterparts attending the special session.

 

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The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Awarded Engineering News-Record’s 2020 Global Best Project for New U.S. Consulate General

28 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

Engineering News-Record (ENR), the 140+-year-old media outlet covering the global construction and infrastructure industry, recognized the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ (OBO) new U.S. Consulate General project in Matamoros, Mexico as a Global Best Project and the new U.S. Embassy office annex project in Amman, Jordan with an Award of Merit in their 2020 project award announcements. In its eighth year, the Global Best Projects competition has awarded 30 projects, in 21 countries on six continents. This year ENR selected from a record number of entries.

The judges, constituting a range of industry representatives, scored projects based on safety, performance, design and construction quality, innovations, challenges, and the diversity of each global project team and their international collaboration.

These projects exemplify OBO’s mission to provide safe, secure, functional and resilient facilities that represent the American people, are an asset to the local communities they serve, and provide concrete examples of America’s commitment to the host nations. The project in Amman achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council this year, and the project in Matamoros is targeting LEED Gold. OBO is committed to working with the best in American architecture, design, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

The design architect for the new U.S. Consulate General project in Matamoros was Richärd Kennedy Architects from Phoenix, Arizona. EYP Architecture & Engineering from Albany, New York was the design architect for the office annex project in Amman, Jordan. B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama was the construction contractor for both of the projects.

Since the start of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program in 1999, OBO has completed 162 new diplomatic facilities and has an additional 51 projects in design or under construction.

For further information, please contact Christine Foushee at FousheeCT@state.gov or visit www.state.gov/obo.

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Deputy Secretary of State Biegun’s Meetings in Ukraine

27 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

During his August 26-27 visit to Ukraine, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Shmyhal, Deputy Prime Minister Reznikov, and Foreign Minister Kuleba to discuss a broad range of multilateral and regional issues, including Ukraine’s reform agenda, the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and the situation in Belarus. Deputy Secretary Biegun reaffirmed unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Deputy Secretary visited the War Memorial at St. Michael’s Monastery on the anniversary of the 2014 Illovaisk battle to commemorate the thousands who have lost their lives defending Ukraine’s sovereignty.

The Deputy Secretary also met with journalists, civil society leaders, and non-governmental organizations to reaffirm U.S. support for press freedom, the rule of law, and humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.

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