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Here are the highlights from This Week at State:
On the Occasion of World Refugee Day
On June 20, the Department commemorated World Refugee Day. World Refugee Day is an opportunity to recognize the courage and the struggles of millions of refugees who have fled their homes due to persecution and conflict. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of those forcibly displaced worldwide rose to nearly 80 million in 2019. The United States reaffirms its commitment to achieving the best humanitarian outcomes for the millions of displaced people around the world.
In the face of unprecedented forced displacement this #WorldRefugeeDay, the United States leads the way with lifesaving humanitarian assistance, including nearly $1.7B for @Refugees last year. https://t.co/4UsqW3IIt9 pic.twitter.com/cbgwXFP0pg
— Department of State (@StateDept) June 20, 2020
Designation of Additional Chinese Media Entities as Foreign Missions
In a June 22 statement, Spokesperson Ortagus announced the State Department is issuing today a new determination that designates the U.S. operations of China Central Television, China News Service, the People’s Daily, and the Global Times as foreign missions. Over the past decade and particularly under General Secretary Xi Jinping’s tenure, the CCP has reorganized China’s state propaganda outlets disguised as news agencies and asserted even more direct control over them.
U.S. State Department Issues Country Reports on Terrorism 2019
On June 24, the State Department released the 2019 Country Reports on Terrorism. The report notes that the United States and its partners made major strides to defeat and degrade international terrorist organizations in 2019. Along with the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, the United States completed the destruction of the so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria in March. In October, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi died following a U.S. military raid on his compound in Syria. In April, the Secretary of State designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including its Qods Force, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization – the first time part of a foreign government has been so designated. In September, President Trump ordered the most significant update of U.S. terrorism designation authorities since the aftermath of 9/11. And throughout the year, a number of governments in the Western Hemisphere and Europe announced the terrorist designations of Hizballah.
The 2019 Country Reports on Terrorism highlight significant terrorist trends and take stock of U.S. and international efforts to counter terrorist threats. The annual reports help the U.S. make informed judgments about our policies and resources. https://t.co/Mk3QLkcpPA. pic.twitter.com/c9RXyEYDVn
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) June 24, 2020
The Tide Is Turning Toward Trusted 5G Vendors
In a June 24 statement, Secretary Pompeo announced The tide is turning against Huawei as citizens around the world are waking up to the danger of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state. Huawei’s deals with telecommunications operators around the world are evaporating, because countries are only allowing trusted vendors in their 5G networks. Examples include the Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Estonia, Romania, Denmark, and Latvia. Recently, Greece agreed to use Ericsson rather than Huawei to develop its 5G infrastructure.
Huawei’s deals with telecom operators around the world are evaporating, because countries are only allowing trusted vendors in their #5G networks. Some of the largest telecoms are becoming “Clean Telcos.” The tide is turning! Learn more: https://t.co/arsw97OUpE pic.twitter.com/JGCywOIkB3
— Under Secretary Keith Krach (@State_E) June 24, 2020
UN Ambassador Kelly Craft and Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook Brief UN Security Council on Efforts to Extend Iran Arms Embargo
On June 24, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, and U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Brian Hook, virtually briefed the UN Security Council on a proposed resolution to extend the arms embargo on Iran. Conventional arms restrictions under UN Security Council Resolution 2231 are set to expire on October 18. Special Representative Hook updated Security Council members on the full range of Iran’s malign activity, including its September 2019 direct attack on Saudi Arabia. Given that Iran has neither abided by current restrictions nor demonstrated a change in its threatening behavior, Special Representative Hook and Ambassador Craft called on Security Council members to extend the arms embargo.
A New Transatlantic Dialogue
On June 25, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks to the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum. He spoke about the threats the Chinese Communist Party poses to European governments and multilateral institutions.
The United States is not forcing Europe to choose between the free world or China’s authoritarian vision. China is making that choice between freedom and democracy.
2020 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony
The release marks a historic milestone in the fight to end trafficking around the world. The United States is committed to ending modern slavery. And one of the strongest indications of our commitment is the report that we are launching today, the 20th in a row. For 20 years, we have been at this work together. We remain steadfast in declaring that there is no excuse for human trafficking and that governments must take bold action in order to bring the reforms that are necessary. We celebrate progress and lean forward with hope into the work that remains.
Today, @JTIP_State released the annual Trafficking in Persons Report. This year’s TIP Report celebrates 20 years of progress and paves the way for advancement in the fight to #EndTrafficking. https://t.co/MOQQc1yZHQ
— Department of State (@StateDept) June 25, 2020
Secretary Pompeo Meets with Foreign Leaders
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