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Here are the highlights from This Week at State:
United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
On April 4, the Department commemorated United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, which provides opportunity for the world to reflect on both the progress made and the remaining challenges in clearing landmines and unexploded ordnance. These explosive remnants of war still endanger civilians in more than 60 countries. The United States is working closely with partners worldwide to address this serious humanitarian challenge putting innocent people, including many children, at risk.
PRC’s Reported Sinking of a Vietnamese Fishing Vessel in the South China Sea
In an April 6 statement, Spokesperson Ortagus expressed concern over reports that the PRC sunk a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.
The United States condemns the PRC's reported sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel on April 2. It is appalling that the PRC is exploiting the world’s focus on addressing this global pandemic to assert its unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea. pic.twitter.com/4HYU7AqtMF
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) April 6, 2020
United States Designates Russian Imperial Movement and Leaders as Global Terrorists
In an April 7 statement, Secretary Pompeo announced the Department has designated the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) and members of its leadership as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, the first time in history the Department has designated a white supremacist terrorist group.
.@StateDeptCT Ambassador Sales: The State Department is designating the Russian Imperial Movement as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. This is the first time the U.S. has ever designated foreign white supremacist terrorists. pic.twitter.com/BUM8shGvfO
— Department of State (@StateDept) April 8, 2020
Continuing U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response Through Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance
In a statement and press briefing on April 8, Secretary Pompeo announced additional U.S. foreign assistance dedicated to responding to COVID-19. He said “Thanks to the unmatched generosity of the American people and the efforts of the U.S. Government, the United States has continued to lead the world’s public health and humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are building on that leadership, with another $225 million in health, humanitarian, and economic assistance to further boost response efforts worldwide.”
The State Department Commemorated Passover
On April 8, the State Department marked the first night of Passover.
Susan and I want to take a moment to wish everyone celebrating around the world a joyous and peaceful Passover. Chag Sameach! pic.twitter.com/PG1x2JnagF
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 8, 2020
From my family to yours, have a blessed Passover. Chag Sameach! pic.twitter.com/sfSo2ef1zd
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) April 8, 2020
The United States Welcomes the Saudi-led Coalition Announcement of a Unilateral Ceasefire in Yemen
In an April 9 statement, Secretary Pompeo welcomed the Saudi-led coalition of a unilateral ceasefire in Yemen. He said “The announcement is a constructive response to the UN Secretary General’s call for the parties to focus on countering the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge the Houthis to respond in kind to the Coalition’s initiative.”
Secretary Pompeo Meets with Foreign Leaders
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