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Secretary Pompeo discusses foreign policy

Secretary Pompeo discusses foreign policy

On friday of this week this time to france to turkey. To georgia israel qatar the uae and to saudi arabia. The conversations will differ obviously in each country many different things to cover. But i’m sure many of them will focus on this administration’s historic efforts to forge peace and cooperation throughout. The middle east. That leads me to my big thing today. Of the trump administration’s had enormous success. In march and coalitions of like minded nations. For

the good american for the entire world is one example just three weeks ago. We continued our unprecedented defense of the unborn by citing the geneva consensus declaration alongside thirty two other nations. I’m especially proud. The women religious freedom top priority the united states one policy for the first time in america’s history. Our efforts are

gaining mental mental. We’re building the getting the momentum that is all the round on november sixteenth and seventeen poll and will host the third ministerial to advance religious freedom or belief. This virtual event- and heels of the 200-018-2000 nineteen ministeriales with proposed here in washington state department. Are the largest human

rights events ever held here at the state department. Abangnya morocco taiwan united arab emirates and columbia have all held following events as well. And they’re lesser freedom or believe alliance that i launched in february of this year.

Now it’s blossomed into thirty one member states and growing. Next week i’ll have a very special opportunity to participate in virtual lines ministers meeting to solidify our plans for future action. Action in the religious freedom space. Yeah we’re building out coalitions to the sharp values in the economic sphere. In recent weeks undersecretary keep

crockett’s travel to more than. A dozen countries to bring freedom loving countries and companies together in the clean network. A group the pledges use only trusted vendors in their five g. Networks. I’m happy dance we have almost fifty clean countries today representing nearly twenty three- nearly two thirds of the world’s gdp. A hundred and. Seventy

telephone companies telcos have agreed to be clean. And many of the world’s leading companies are on board. That includes twenty seven of thirty nato allies thirty one of thirty seven oecd members twenty six of twenty seven he your members at eleven to twelve of twelve. Of the three seas nation. Undersecretary keep truck is now down to south america

is discussing with clean network with government officials and private sector leaders in brazil. And in fact i got the news within the last hour that the governor brazil supports the clean network principles and i’m confident will sign an mou. In the very near future- one thank brazil and its leadership for doing that. We’re also standing alongside a personally

partners to protect the environment. With the us brazil environmental framework dialogue that was held earlier today. The united states brazil about real results when it comes to protecting the environment growing our economies. Not empty rhetoric. But a second akaka’s also led the first ever japan us brazil trilateral exchange which will advance

democracy’s ability. To prosper together sovereign and independent states. What asia for just a minute i’m pleased to announce that on the twentieth of this month. Undersecretary crackle leader economic prosperity partnership dialogue

with taiwan. Under the auspices the american institute of taiwan and the taipei economic and cultural representative office here in the united states. The dialogue signifies that our economic relationship with taiwan a vibrant democracy and a reliable partner is strong and growing. Will help increase cooperation everything from safe and secure supply

chains to the clean and five g. Security. To health security and to more. The director there state farm you’re building up coalitions of like minded last week the bureau of energy resources under the leadership of the set assistant secretary fannin. Convened a virtual meeting of the energy research governance initiative. Twenty countries attended working for

securitization person well governed critical energy minute mineral and supply chains. More proud to participate in the thirty fifth annual joint economic development group meeting with israel later this week. The trump administration has exerted american leadership in unprecedented ways in multilateral institutions to. Just as we help protect the intellectual property rights by ensuring that the world intellectual property organization is run by an individual who respects

property rights. Last week the united states help ensure that the united nations towards its finances responsibly. I’m happy to report that an american with forty years of administrative budget experience will be placed in the u. N. System having won a seat on the advisory committee on administrative and budgetary questions doesn’t sound like much but it’s

a big deal this advisory. Body shapes the u. N.’s regular budget and peace keep but- nearly ten. Dollars a year with more than two billion coming from the united states alone. Our diplomats made the case to our allies and partners on why having an american voice on this committee for the first time in an awfully long time. Is crucial to ensuring the money is

spent responsibly. I want to congratulate donna marie. American leadership also continues on the counterterrorism front. Today united states in the jericho hosting a virtual meeting. With members of the global coalition focused on countering the threat of isis and its worldwide. Ranches including west african. Into supporting ongoing international efforts throughout the region. And in the middle east just last week the united states section foreman is former lebanese

government minister gibran basile under global magnitsky authorities for his role in corruption. The lebanese people clearly want their corrupt political class so much of it beholden to hezbollah to stop ruining their country. Our action shows the american people stand with the lebanese people as they call for their political leaders to chart a new direction

marked by reforms transparency and honesty governance. And around our efforts to protect the american people from there she mitterrand will not cease. Today the treasure apartment sanction an international network of companies and individuals the procuring electronic components for sanctioned iranian military firm. I think it’s clear by now that those

who do business with iran’s military proliferation sensitive industries. Are risking the exact same punishment. In europe the united states welcomes the use adoption guidelines for third state participation in permanent structured cooperation projects. Opening the door to u. S. Participation in eu defensive measures will strengthen nato e&oe cooperation as well

and very importantly inter operability. We look forward to completing an administrative arrangement with the european defence agency to ensure broad u. S. Participation in side of pasco. Closer to home our prayers are with the people of the

region as they recover and rebuild. From hurricane atus. Step horrible devastation. The united states government is proud to have provided assistance already to our friends in central america. But to support chile colombia ecuador. Peru as these governments work together to address illegal unregulated and unreported fishing. We’re very concerned that the chinese are you you activity this unregulated fishing took place off the coast of ecuador as it has elsewhere in the world. I

was with the ecuadoran foreign minister he and i both agree that this must stop. On bolivia president trump was pleased to send a delegation headed by treasury. Undersecretary brett mcintosh for the inauguration of president luiz parsec. On november eighth. I also spoke to the president elect last week to congratulate him on his historic victory. We also

congratulate the people of saint vincent and the grenadines on their successful election last week and we continue to seek similar. Free and fair elections and nicaragua. There’s also plenty of news before close on human rights front. Yesterday the state department sanctions for senior chinese communist party officials in hong kong police who undermine hong

kong’s promised a tanami and crush the freedoms of its people. We will continue to challenge actions by the ccp amazon com proxies. Who stifle democracy and basic freedoms. On monday in syria we unleash the fifth branch of the caesar act designations i’m sure saddam and his regime. In the united states commends the you for taking similar actions to sanction individuals responsible for prolonging the horrific conflict inside of syria. We will continue to coordinate with

our e. U. And like minded partners to promote accountability for the regime there. And the atrocities it has committed against the syrian people. In geneva yesterday the united states percent international port on the u. S. Commitment to

domestic came in rights. At the un universal periodic review. I’m very proud of the work we did our remarkable vibrant democracy. Rights for the greatest reduction protection of human rights anywhere in the world. The brutal regimes shouting the loudest about our records have the most to hide about their abysmal treatment. Of their own people. With that i’m happy to take questions which- uhhuh hi- is this your department currently preparing to engage with the biden transition team and if not at what point does it delay hamper smooth transition proposal to national security. There will

be a smooth transition to a second trump administration’s. Right what we’re reading the world is watching what’s taking place that we’re going to count all the votes when the process is complete for the b. A lector selected there’s a process the constitution lays it out pretty clearly. The world should have every confidence that the transition necessary to make sure

that the state department of functional today successful today and successful with the president who’s in office on january twentieth a minute afternoon will also be successful i went there transition on the front and i’ve- been on the other side of this. I’m very confident that we will do all the things that are necessary to make sure that that the government united

states government contender performance national security function as we go forward usually there’s widespread voter fraud that the reports that we’re getting from pennsylvania. For michigan showing bill totals of massive leads are significant leads with 99% reporting are going to be overturned in the united states failed to conduct a fraudulent three

election gretchen i’m secretary of state. I’m getting calls from all across the world. These people are watching- election they understand that we have a legal process they understand that this takes time right to because thirty seven plus days. In election back in two thousand conducted a successful transition then. Very confident that will count and we must

count every legal vote we must make sure that any book that wasn’t awful i’m not began about to lose your vote. If it’s done improperly. I get that right when we get it right. We’ll get it right. Where where where where gonna check should for leaders not be. Were we’re gonna biden it was not. I can barely hear you ma’am once. About us shop. At don’t i one

distinction again at a member senior on we know that we have that this one on the making for some time back i want to about that the i knew at you. Doing at at two. Make a new state twelve and will. And at all i want to ask about that i’m state. To eighty one we ex that to be delivered. So there seven questions about the arms to the every. And right so what

will have significant doubts mins with respect to that here very very soon- we continue to review ourselves all all across the world including two are important friend partner in the united arab emirates. I will confident we will- we will be able to provide them weapons systems that will and ensure their security to do the work that we all need to do collectively to

counter the threat from the islamic republic of iran. I did just wondering in sanctions earlier and the impact of those you know thanks again for bound to see an independent i do stepping state’s foreign new administration i want to ask about

the timing that’s it yeah. So i’ll answer the question more broadly know that sanctions would put in place because the right and proper and will deliver good outcomes for the people that are in the country in which we sanction their leaders who are corrupt. That certainly holds true for gibran basile. Right this was someone who i was deep connect to a foreign

terrorist organization has blocked we now sanctions them the lebanese people don’t want to have anything to do with that. Independent nation they want a sovereign country they don’t want the political elites that have been corrupted. Through the system that was put in place and permitted them to loot and rob their country they want freedom they want prosperity they want jobs those are the things we want to sanctions that we put in place against- the former minister are

appropriate and useful. Towards getting us closer to that one day with lebanese people can have what is they so richly deserve i’m expecting. Thanks for two. Hi chris. All right how are you good hey good. All is there any. That this. Has been. In the risk election or- is. So in the after. Of the legal to. Was quick about russia. C. C. P. Or any. Yeah any for their- yeah

so i’m i’m- that. To farm home went. And to the justice from the folks who deal with that. But as i think we all said a prior to the election- we did an enormous amount of work. To reduce the risk that they would have the capacity. To have a significant the capability to- to interfere in the elections themselves. Up and i’ll leave the details of what they have

determined so. Far about that to for them to announce. But i one more year. Hi tech you said when the is completed so what when are you with yeah this is that the are quite just just what i came out him then talked about important foreign policy issues this is not the third question. Happening in this country right now i’m wondering if that’s what i’m going to

ask a question i’ll give my answer what kind of guidance are you giving to american diplomats and how to characterize the results of the presidential election. And also this department frequently finds out statements encouraging free and fair elections abroad yes lankford loser there’s elections affect the results. Dozens president trump’s refusal to concede

discredit those efforts that’s ridiculous and you know it’s ridiculous when you asked that because it’s ridiculous- look the drug the drug you act you are you asked the question is when you ask the question if you if you will permit me tech answered- thank you asked the question that is ridiculous. This department cares deeply to make sure that alexion’s

around the world are safe and secure and free for and my officers risk their lives. To ensure that that happens they worked diligently on that we often encounter situations where it’s not clear. About a particular election we work to uncover facts we work to do discovery to learn whether in fact the outcome the decision that was made reflected the will

of the people that’s our- responsibility we try to do along with partners all across the world along with. Boise inspectors to make sure that those elections were free for we want everyone of those votes to be counted in the same way that we have every expectation that everybody here in the united states. We come into it is totally appropriate. The united states has a

election system that is laid out deeply in our constitution. And we’re gonna make sure that that we get that right and we have we have all of you have. Should and should be committed to making sure that that happens i think everyone of you once that same outcome you want everybody to be counted. You want to run the process we want about the law to be imposed in a way that reflects the reality of what took place and that’s what. I think we’re engaged in here k. That’s it’s in

is what we work on every place. All across the world. Thank you all. Receive sir thirteen election idea. You can say friday night.

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