Daily Archives: May 18, 2018

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert.

On May 18, Secretary Pompeo called African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat to reaffirm the strong partnership between the United States and the African Union. They discussed our mutual interest in advancing peace and security, good governance, and human rights across the continent. They also discussed the need to continue our cooperation on diplomatic efforts, including urgently working to end the conflict in South Sudan and engaging on election preparations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Remarks With Dutch Foreign Minister Stephanus Blok Before Their Meeting

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon. I just want to say welcome. We’re thrilled to have you here. It’s good to see you. I look forward to a productive afternoon talking to you.

FOREIGN MINISTER BLOK: Thank you.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Good to see you.

FOREIGN MINISTER BLOK: It’s a pleasure to be here. As you no doubt know, the Netherlands was the first country to recognize newly independent United States.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, a couple years ago. (Laughter.)

FOREIGN MINISTER BLOK: Well, and I can tell you we never regret it.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, sir. Thank you. Good afternoon.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, are you confident the North Korea summit’s still happening?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thanks, thanks for coming.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Ambassador Tina Kaidanow, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Travels to Germany, Japan, India, and Singapore

Ambassador Tina Kaidanow, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, will travel to Germany, Japan, India, and Singapore May 20-June 3, 2018.

In Germany, Ambassador Kaidanow will take part in the annual Chiefs of Mission Conference sponsored by U.S. European Command. Ambassador Kaidanow will update senior diplomats and military officials on steps the Bureau is taking to implement the Administration’s vision of strengthening U.S. allies and partners through improvements to U.S. defense trade regulation and government advocacy to expand opportunities for U.S. industry, drive innovation, and promote American manufacturing jobs.

In Japan, Ambassador Kaidanow will meet with senior officials to discuss a wide range of security and defense trade issues, and will hold a roundtable with representatives from Japanese defense manufacturers. For nearly 60 years, the U.S.-Japan Alliance has been the cornerstone of peace, stability, and freedom in the Indo-Pacific region, and decades of U.S. security cooperation have served to bolster Japan’s self-defense capabilities. Since 2013, Japan has contracted $14.9 billion in government-to-government purchases in U.S. equipment through the Foreign Military Sales system, as well as $14.4 billion in U.S. defense articles to Japan via the Direct Commercial Sales process.

In India, Ambassador Kaidanow will hold talks on defense trade and peacekeeping, which are among two key areas of the rapidly growing U.S.-India partnership as envisioned in the Administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy. U.S.-India bilateral defense trade has risen from near zero to $15 billion since 2008. India is projected to spend billions on military modernization over the next decade, and talks will focus on expanding our security cooperation while furthering opportunities for American industry.

In Singapore, Ambassador Kaidanow will join a delegation of senior U.S. officials led by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis for the Shangri-La Dialogue, a forum for exchanges among defense and security policy professionals from across the Indo-Pacific region sponsored by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Ambassador Kaidanow will also meet with senior civilian and military officials from countries around the globe to discuss regional security, maritime security, and defense trade issues.

For further information, please contact the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at PM-CPA@state.gov and follow @StateDeptPM on Twitter.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Dutch Foreign Minister Blok

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary Mike Pompeo met with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok on May 18, in Washington, DC. During the meeting, Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Blok for Dutch support in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali, and for the Netherlands’ leadership as a member of the UN Security Council.

Secretary Pompeo and the foreign minister also discussed other issues of bilateral and global concern, including developments with North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela.

Source: U.S. Department of State

United Arab Emirates: Record of Discussion on Civil Aviation

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to make available the Record of Discussion between the United States and the United Arab Emirates setting out the understanding on Open Skies announced by Secretary Pompeo on May 14. Memorializing high-level political commitments by both governments, the Record of Discussion affirms their strong commitment to maintain the U.S-UAE Air Transport Agreement of 2002, all rights and obligations of which remain in force, and expresses their sincere desire to maintain the many benefits that Agreement has created.

Separately, the UAE government informed the U.S. government that its air carriers have no current plans to make any changes to the Fifth Freedom services that they operate in accordance with that Agreement, stipulating that nothing in their communication amends or otherwise changes the 2002 Agreement or any rights therein.

We welcome this positive outcome for the strong and multi-faceted bilateral relationship between the United States and the United Arab Emirates and reaffirm that the Department of State will continue to ensure our Open Skies policy benefits U.S. stakeholders as intended.

Please find the signed Record of Discussion between the United States and the United Arab Emirates here.

Source: U.S. Department of State