Welcoming the United Kingdom Decision to Prohibit Huawei from 5G Networks

14 Jul

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

We welcome news that the United Kingdom plans to ban Huawei from future 5G networks and phase out untrusted Huawei equipment from existing networks. With this decision, the UK joins a growing list of countries from around the world that are standing up for their national security by prohibiting the use of untrusted, high-risk vendors. We will continue to work with our British friends on fostering a secure and vibrant 5G ecosystem, which is critical to Transatlantic security and prosperity.

The momentum in favor of secure 5G is building. The UK joins democracies such as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Romania, and Sweden in banning Huawei from future 5G networks. Clean carriers like Jio in India, Telstra in Australia, SK and KT in South Korea, NTT in Japan, and others have also prohibited the use of Huawei equipment in their networks.

Countries need to be able to trust that 5G equipment and software will not threaten national security, economic security, privacy, intellectual property, or human rights.

 

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Dominican President-Elect Abinader

14 Jul

Office of the Spokesperson

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Dominican President-elect Luis Abinader Corona to congratulate him on his victory in the July 5 election.  Secretary Pompeo commended the people of the Dominican Republic for a successful, free, fair, and transparent election and reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to working with the Abinader administration.  The Secretary underscored the importance of U.S.-Dominican cooperation to security and prosperity in the Caribbean region and throughout the Western Hemisphere.

 

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On the Death of General Paik Sun-yup

14 Jul

Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson

The United States extends its sincerest condolences to the people of the Republic of Korea on the death of General Paik Sun-yup.  As Korea’s first four-star general, his service to his country in the Korean War was emblematic of the fight for the values of freedom and democracy, values that both the United States and the Republic of Korea continue to uphold today.  In his work as a diplomat and a statesman, General Paik served his country with great distinction and helped to forge the U.S.-ROK Alliance.  In the spirit of our shared sacrifice, we offer our deepest sympathies and gratitude for his service.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Tunisian Foreign Minister Erray

14 Jul

Office of the Spokesperson

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Noureddine Erray to discuss strengthening our cooperation on the United Nations Security Council, maturing the U.S.-Tunisia bilateral relationship, and advancing a negotiated political solution to end the conflict in Libya.  Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed U.S. commitment to economic cooperation and stronger commercial ties to aid in recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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On the Pan-Democratic Primary Election in Hong Kong

14 Jul

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

I warmly congratulate Hong Kong’s pan-democrats for their successful primary election.  More than 600,000 Hong Kongers cast ballots in the first territory-wide, pan-democratic primary election. Their enthusiasm clearly demonstrates their desire to make their voices heard in the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to suffocate the territory’s freedoms.

We note with grave concern Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s threat that this primary may have violated Beijing’s new “national security” law for the territory, once again demonstrating the Chinese Communist Party’s fear of democracy and its own people’s free thinking.  We will be watching developments closely, especially as the September 6 Legislative Council elections draw closer.

 

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Visit to Des Moines, Iowa

14 Jul

Office of the Spokesperson

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will visit Des Moines, Iowa for a series of meetings and events on Friday, July 17, 2020.

Secretary Pompeo will deliver remarks to The FAMiLY Leadership Summit at the Ron Pearson Center at 4:00 p.m. CDT / 5:00 p.m. EDT.  The remarks will be live streamed on www.state.gov.  For additional information, please contact Drew Zahn at Drew@TheFamilyLeader.com.

The Secretary will hold a roundtable discussion with the Iowa Farm Bureau (IFB) at the IFB Offices at 5:00 p.m. CDT / 6:00 p.m. EDT.

All of the events listed will have pooled press coverage.  For additional information, please contact EventsandTravel@state.gov.

 

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Algerian Independence Day

14 Jul

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I offer congratulations on the anniversary of Algeria’s independence.

The United States values the longstanding and close ties between our peoples, our cooperation in meeting the extraordinary challenges of COVID-19, and our continued work to build a more secure and prosperous future for both our countries.

I extend best wishes to all Algerians as you celebrate this important day.

 

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Public Schedule – July 14, 2020

14 Jul

Office of the Spokesperson

***THE DAILY PUBLIC SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO

3:00 p.m. Secretary Pompeo meets with President Donald J. Trump, at the White House.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY THE WHITE HOUSE) 

DEPUTY SECRETARY STEPHEN E. BIEGUN

Deputy Secretary Biegun attends meetings and briefings, at the Department of State.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS DAVID HALE

Under Secretary Hale attends meetings and briefings, at the Department of State.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT KEITH KRACH

Under Secretary Krach attends meetings and briefings, at the Department of State.

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#EndTB Webinar: From Policy to Practice: Rolling out new WHO guidelines on rapid diagnostics and drug-resistant TB treatment

14 Jul

A special #EndTB Webinar was organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 9 July 2020 to provide key updates on recently released new WHO guidance on rapid diagnostics and drug-resistant TB treatment. The aim of the webinar was to facilitate a better understanding of the guidance to enable its rapid uptake in countries by national programmes and other key stakeholders. This will translate to earlier access to quality diagnosis and treatment, and better outcomes for the millions affected by TB and drug-resistant TB.

Agenda overview:

Moderator: Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director, WHO Global TB Programme

Speakers:     
  • Dr Matteo Zignol, Unit Head a.i. Prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and innovation, WHO Global TB Programme
  • Mr Ezio Tavora dos Santos Filho, WHO Civil Society Taskforce on TB
  • Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership
  • Dr Mohammed Yassin, Senior TB Adviser, Global Fund
  • Dr Mukadi Ya Diul, Medical Officer Infectious Disease Office/Tuberculosis Division,Global Health Bureau, USAID
  • Dr Alena Skrahina, Deputy Director of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for Pulmonology and TB and Deputy National TB Program Manager, Belarus
  • Dr Norbert O. Ndjeka, Director DR-TB and TB/HIV, Department of Health, South Africa
  • Dr K. S. Sachdeva, Deputy Director General, TB Elimination Programme, India
Closing remarks: Dr Ren Minghui, WHO Assistant Director General, UHC, Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases

Watch the Webinar:

Background:
Globally, diagnosis of TB and drug-resistant TB remains a challenge with a third of people with TB and two-thirds of people with drug-resistant TB not being detected. Appropriate treatment of drug-resistant TB with all-oral regimens also needs to be made available to to all who need it in line with WHO’s quest to achieve universal health coverage, and to avert deaths from a preventable, treatable and curable disease. This is also essential to achieve the targets of the political declaration of the UN high-level meeting, the WHO End TB Strategy, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the triple billion targets of WHO’s General Programme of Work.

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Violence along the Armenia-Azerbaijan International Border

14 Jul

Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the violence along the Armenia-Azerbaijan international border.  We urge the sides to stop using force immediately, use the existing direct communication links between them to avoid further escalation, and strictly adhere to the ceasefire.

As a Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the United States remains strongly committed to helping the sides achieve a lasting, peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. We will remain actively engaged in efforts to accomplish that goal.

The United States joins the Minsk Group Co-Chairs in calling for the sides to resume substantive negotiations as soon as possible and in emphasizing the importance of returning OSCE monitors to the region as soon as circumstances allow.

 

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