Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Dr. Yleem D.S. Poblete will travel to The Hague, November 19 to 21. She will lead the U.S. delegation to the annual Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the Fourth CWC Review Conference. While in The Hague, Assistant Secretary Poblete will deliver the United States national statement to the Review Conference, meet with the OPCW Director-General, hold several bilateral diplomatic meetings, and work to advance United States interests in implementation of the CWC.
Category Archives: Press Releases
Joint Statement Following The Annual Bilateral U.S.-Polish Strategic Cooperation Consultative Group (SCCG)
The following is the text of a joint statement following the annual bilateral U.S.-Polish Strategic Cooperation Consultative Group (SCCG).
Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson, and Polish Under Secretary for Security Policy, Minister Bartosz Cichocki, co-chaired the bilateral Strategic Cooperation Consultative Group (SCCG) in Warsaw, Poland on November 5, 2018. The SCCG is a forum for consultation and cooperation on a wide range of regional and global security issues that reflect the depth of the relationship between the United States and Poland. This meeting of the SCCG built upon the 12th round of the Poland-U.S. Strategic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. in September 2018, and the Declaration signed on September 18, 2018 in Washington by the Presidents of Poland and the United States entitled “Safeguarding Freedom, Building Prosperity Through the U.S.-Poland Strategic Partnership”.
As North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allies, the United States and Poland discussed a wide range of issues related to Polish-American relations, including NATO deterrence and defense policy, as well as bilateral security cooperation issues such as the U.S. military presence in Poland, the U.S. European Deterrence Initiative, and defense industry cooperation. They also discussed initiatives on European security such as the OSCE’s Structured Dialogue and EU defense initiatives, as well as a range of nonproliferation issues, including Russia’s repeated violation of the INF Treaty. The two countries reaffirmed that the relationship between the United States and Poland is stronger than ever, and that the wide ranging SCCG dialogue helps to further solidify the bilateral partnership.
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the Czech people on the 100th anniversary of your independence.
The United States and the Czech Republic share an enduring friendship, a commitment to democratic principles, and a vision of a peaceful and prosperous Europe. Our partnership is old and deep. We are proud to have stood with the Czech people and their right to sovereignty throughout the past century – from the time of Woodrow Wilson and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, through decades of communist dictatorship, to the emergence of the modern Czech Republic as a strong European and Transatlantic ally.
Together we face current global challenges and stand against common threats. We deeply value our security cooperation with the Czech Republic and its contribution to peacekeeping efforts worldwide. Moreover, our economic relationship continues to grow with new bilateral investments on both sides of the Atlantic. We are committed to our strong bilateral relationship and look forward to the next century of close friendship and collaboration.
The United States welcomes the decision by the Government of Belgium to purchase thirty-four new F-35 fighter aircraft. Belgium is now poised to fly the F-35 alongside its closest NATO Allies and longtime partners. The United States is proud of our enduring air partnership with Belgium, a country whose air power has contributed to the Defeat ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria, and NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission. With Belgium’s commitment to the F-35 program, its five-star aerospace industry will continue to expand as it supports this 5th generation aircraft, which was jointly developed with European partners. Belgium’s participation in the F-16 program has been a cornerstone of our modern transatlantic defense partnership. We look forward to continuing this partnership for many decades to come with the F-35 program.
On behalf of the Government and people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Austria on the occasion of your National Day.
Austria’s role as a European leader, center of international business and diplomacy, and scientific and cultural hub is recognized around the world. A trusted partner of the United States, Austria shares our commitment to strengthening democracy and human rights and our goal of a peaceful and prosperous Europe.
We deeply value Austria’s contributions toward those goals. Our bilateral relationship ranges from military and security cooperation to our trade and economic partnership and robust cultural and people-to-people ties. On this day, we reflect on 180 years of our diplomatic relations and friendship. We look forward to further strengthening our enduring ties in the years to come.