Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? We’ve got you covered. Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post.
Here are the highlights from This Week at State:
On February 15, Secretary Pompeo delivered keynote remarks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany.
— Department of State (@StateDept) February 15, 2020
The West is winning. Freedom and democracy are winning. And by that, I don’t mean just geographical nations. The West doesn’t define a space or a piece of real tot state. It’s any nation – any nation that adopts a model of respect for individual freedom, free enterprise, national sovereignty. They’re part of this idea of the West.
On February 18, Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams announced U.S. sanctions against Rosneft Trading, S.A. for its role in supporting the former Maduro regime.
— Department of State (@StateDept) February 18, 2020
Today’s sanctions are another step in the policy of pressuring the Maduro regime to allow Venezuela to escape from its terrible crisis through free and fair presidential elections. There will be more steps and further pressure in the coming weeks and months. The United States remains firmly committed to the people of Venezuela and to the cause of freedom there.
On February 19, Secretary Pompeo delivered a speech on “Liberating Africa’s Entrepreneurs” in Addis Ababa.
— Department of State (@StateDept) February 19, 2020
Socialist schemes haven’t economically liberated this continent’s poorest people. But we all – everyone in this room – everyone in this room know the right way forward. Basic strong rule of law, respect for property rights, regulation that encourages investment – we talked about that with these entrepreneurs this morning. You need to get the basic laws right so that investors can come and invest their capital. There is nothing more noble than allowing our people to have the dignity of work. And the United States, you should know, everyone – we believe in you, and we’ll be with you every step of the way
On February 20, Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook briefed the press in advance of the Iranian Elections.
— Department of State (@StateDept) February 20, 2020
The Iranian people know that tomorrow’s election is political theater. It is a republic in name only when the government disqualifies half of the candidates running for office. Millions of Iranians have decided to stay home. They know they don’t have a genuine say in the process. They are asking for a free and fair process where they can share their views openly without the fear of being marginalized or massacred.
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