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Here are the highlights from This Week at State:
Democratic Transition Framework for Venezuela
On March 31, Secretary Pompeo proposed a framework for peaceful democratic transition in Venezuela. It builds on the proposals put forward by the interim Government of Venezuela headed by Juan Guaido. Our sanctions will remain in effect, and increase, until the Maduro regime accepts a genuine political transition. There are thirteen key points in the framework, ranging from topics such as release of political prisoners to a “Council of State” law.
— Michael G. Kozak (@WHAAsstSecty) March 31, 2020
Repatriation of Americans
This week colleagues across the world worked tirelessly to repatriate Americans in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some highlights:
We're glad to have such strong partners in @jtfbravo and @Southcom. This collaboration is another great example one of the partnerships between @StateDept and @DeptofDefense to bring #AmericansHome as the world comes together to fight and contain #coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/gdhiP8AsUc
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 30, 2020
Wheels up! More Americans are heading home today! It was our honor to partner with @FLY_UIA & the Ukrainian government to help U.S. citizens in Ukraine return home this week. U.S. citizens still in Ukraine: Register at https://t.co/My4yQN83Hj for Embassy updates. #AmericansHome pic.twitter.com/Tkz2mUT6Hr
— U.S. Embassy Kyiv (@USEmbassyKyiv) March 27, 2020
We join our colleagues around the world in gratitude for first responders, and for the steadfast resolve our Embassy teams are showing in their efforts to get #AmericansHome from around the globe. https://t.co/iduYsen86u
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 31, 2020
The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19
The United States is by far the most generous and reliable contributor to crisis response and humanitarian action through the United Nations and dozens of international organizations. U.S. assistance, monetary and in-kind contributions, expertise and technology, are indispensable to the effort to combat COVID-19. Examples of recipients of U.S. support include: the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and the World Food Program (WFP).
U.S. Support for ASEAN in Fighting COVID-19
The United States has acted swiftly to support our ASEAN partners in combating the COVID-19 virus. Since the outbreak began, the U.S. Government has provided approximately $18.3 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to ASEAN Member States.
U.S. funding to ASEAN countries on COVID-19 supports the following goals:
- Prepare laboratories for large-scale testing for COVID-19;
- Infection prevention and control;
- Enable risk communication;
- Implement public-health emergency plans for border points of entry;
- Activate case-finding and event-based surveillance for influenza-like illnesses;
- Train and equip rapid-responders in investigation and contact-tracing;
- Update training materials for health workers.
U.S. Purchase of Needed Supplies from Russia
In an April 1 statement, Spokesperson Ortagus announced the United States has agreed to purchase needed medical supplies, including ventilators and personal protection equipment, from Russia, which were handed over to FEMA on April 1 in New York City.
The U.S. is committed to the global fight against #COVID19 and we are cooperating closely with many countries to ensure we have the supplies we need in this fight. The purchase of personal protection equipment and ventilators from #Russia will help shore up supplies in New York. pic.twitter.com/GUqgHS7iiE
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) April 1, 2020
To Walk the Earth in Safety: New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction
On April 2, the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs released the 19th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.
April 4 is the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. The United States has funded $3.7billion+ in conventional weapons destruction programs since 1993. https://t.co/kpxH9O3TzN #IDMA #WalkInSafety @StateDeptPM pic.twitter.com/QFxxOHEm01
— Political-Military Affairs, US Dept of State (@StateDeptPM) April 2, 2020
Secretary Pompeo Meets with Foreign Leaders
On March 28, Secretary Pompeo conducted a call with French Foreign Minister Le Drian.
On March 30, Secretary Pompeo conducted a call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
On March 31, Secretary Pompeo conducted calls with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemarriam Desalegn.
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