Malaysia Independence Day

28 Aug

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

On behalf of the United States Government and the American people, I congratulate the people of Malaysia as you celebrate your Independence Day.

The strong partnership between the United States and Malaysia allows us to better face new challenges and pursue new opportunities for our citizens.  Building on our robust economic, security, and people-to-people ties, we continue to make progress on our shared goal of promoting a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific.  We look forward to another year of advancement in the relations between our two countries.

I send best wishes to the people of Malaysia on this important occasion.

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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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Taiwan’s Removal of Restrictions on U.S. Exports of Beef and Pork

28 Aug

Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson

We welcome President Tsai Ing-Wen’s August 28 statement that Taiwan will move quickly to lift restrictions on imports of U.S. pork and beef.  We look forward to the timely implementation of these actions, which will provide greater access for U.S. farmers to one of East Asia’s most vibrant markets, and for Taiwan consumers to high-quality U.S. agricultural products.  President Tsai’s vision and leadership in removing these long-standing barriers open the door to greater economic and trade cooperation between the United States and Taiwan.

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Security Council Extends mandate of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon for One Year, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2538 (2020)

28 Aug

The Security Council, in a videoconference meeting on 28 August, announced its decision to renew the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) until 31 August 2021 while reducing the maximum number of authorized troops from 15,000 to 13,000.

India a ‘Global Superpower’ in Fight against Climate Change, Secretary-General Says at Memorial Lecture, Calls for Shift from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy

28 Aug

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the nineteenth Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture, “The Rise of Renewables:  Shining a Light on a Sustainable Future”, in New York today:

Fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021: improving long-term sustainability of stocks

28 Aug
The Commission today adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2021 for the Baltic Sea. The Commission proposes to increase fishing opportunities for herring in the Gulf of Riga and main basin salmon, whilst maintaining the current levels for herring in the Gulf of Bothnia, sprat and plaice. The Commission proposes to decrease fishing opportunities for the remaining stocks covered by the proposal.

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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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