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Here are the highlights from This Week at State:
U.S. Assistance to Italy
In an April 11 statement, Secretary Pompeo announced the United States would provide additional assistance to Italy in the face of COVID-19.
“Italy, one of our closest Allies and friends, has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, and we commend Italy’s transparency and sustained heroic efforts to contain the virus and help those affected recover.”
– Secretary Pompeo
State Department Commemorates Easter
On April 12, the Department commemorated Easter.
Happy Easter. While Easter celebrations may be different than years past, I hope this day will be one of abiding faith, eternal joy, and a renewed sense of hope. pic.twitter.com/bWkXuNwueX
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 12, 2020
— Department of State (@StateDept) April 12, 2020
The United States Issues an Advisory on North Korean Cyber Threats
On April 15, the U.S. Departments of State, Homeland Security, and Treasury, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an advisory to raise the awareness of the cyber threat posed by North Korea. The advisory highlights North Korea’s malicious cyber activities around the world, identifies U.S. government resources that provide technical and threat information, and includes recommended measures to counter the cyber threat.
Briefing with Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources Fannon on U.S. Diplomacy in Oil Markets
In an April 15 teleconference, Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources Fannon briefed the press on the weekend’s development that the world’s largest oil producers agreed to an unprecedented cut in output
“This is a broader victory for energy resilience and confidence which really is based on the United States’s enduring innovation and ability to tap into that entrepreneurial spirit as well as our resources effectively.”
– Assistant Secretary Fannon
Support for 5G and Internet of Things Development
In an April 16 statement, Secretary Pompeo commended Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai’s draft order that would release the L-Band spectrum. Quick action on this order, in conjunction with the allocation of a portion of the C-Band for 5G, is vital to our national security.
Agree with @AjitPaiFCC: Allocating spectrum for the rapid deployment #5G will ensure U.S. leadership in advanced technologies like AI, the Internet of Things, and the next generation of innovative applications.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 16, 2020
Release of U.S. Government Action Plan to Support the International to COVID-19
In an April 16 fact sheet, in collaboration with other agencies, the Department of State released the U.S. Government Action Plan to Support the International Response to COVID-19. The comprehensive package of services will support our international partners around the world in combating COVID-19. For more information on how The United States is Delivering a “SAFER” and More Secure World from COVID-19 please view the fact sheet.
Secretary Pompeo Meets with Foreign Leaders
On April 13, Secretary Pompeo conducted a call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
On April 16, Secretary Pompeo conducted calls with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulrahman al-Thani, and Kuwaiti Minister of Foreign Affairs Al Sabah.
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