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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Humanitarian Organizations On The Situation In Yemen

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and USAID Administrator Mark Green met yesterday with international and non-governmental organizations to discuss the humanitarian situation in Yemen, and to brief the group on the Secretary’s certification to Congress under section 1290 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. They discussed recent efforts by the United Nations’ Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to bring Republic of Yemen Government and Houthi representatives to Geneva for consultations. The Deputy Secretary reiterated the Administration’s full support of the UN-led political process and stressed that there is no military solution to this conflict. The Deputy Secretary and the Administrator discussed the importance of all parties continuing to support the UN Special Envoy; avoiding further escalation of the conflict – including in Hudaydah; coordinating efforts to address Yemen’s economic and humanitarian situation; and committing to a process to reach a comprehensive political agreement that will bring peace, prosperity, and security to Yemen. Participants expressed concern about escalating violence in Hudaydah and noted that the continuing dynamic of desperation in Yemen necessitated measures that would yield tangible results and a sense of improvement.

The Deputy Secretary thanked the NGOs for their continuing cooperation and this frank dialogue. He reaffirmed the United States’ concern about the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure, particularly of a humanitarian nature. He said the United States will continue to call on all parties to respect the law of armed conflict, take feasible precautions to avoid harm to civilians, and conduct thorough and transparent investigations into alleged violations.

Assistant Secretary Of State For Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels To United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, And Jordan

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel to United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan September 15-22 to meet with counterparts to discuss a range of consular issues, including international parental child abduction. While in the region, the Assistant Secretary also plans to review consular operations at our U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, and Amman, and to meet with interagency partners.

For press inquiries please contact CAPRESSREQUESTS@state.gov or (202) 485-6150.

Foreign Secretary: Message For Rosh Hashanah

The Foreign Secretary sends warm wishes to the Jewish community as they prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

As we enter the High Holidays, I wish a happy and sweet New Year to all Jewish communities in Britain and around the world.

For our Jewish friends in Israel, this has been a year of landmarks, including the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the 70th Anniversary of Israel’s statehood, and the first British royal visit, made by HRH The Duke of Cambridge in June.

This is also a special occasion for the UK’s Jewish community. At a time when many worry about the corrosive impact of anti-Semitism, I want to reiterate our rejection of such ugly intolerance. We are proud of Britain’s Jewish community, who make such a positive contribution to all aspects of our society and to public life. Long may that continue.

So I wish all those celebrating in the UK, and beyond, Shana Tova and Chatima Tova. Here’s to a prosperous and healthy year!

Joint Statement Welcoming The Ceasefire In Tripoli, Libya

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The text of the following statement on Libya was released by the Governments of the United States of America, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

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The Governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the result of the mediation reached today by the United Nations Support Mission that aims to deescalate violence in and around Tripoli and ensure the protection of civilians. We reiterate our strong support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ghassan Salame as he works to realize an immediate and durable cessation of hostilities in the Libyan capital, which is a critical step to advancing the political process in accordance with the United Nations Action Plan.

As the Secretary-General noted on September 2, all parties should immediately cease hostilities and abide by the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations. We call on all Libyan parties to refrain from any actions that could undermine today’s ceasefire announcement, jeopardize the security of civilians, or set back Libyan efforts to advance the political process and move forward in the spirit of compromise.

We also reiterate support for the President of the Presidency Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, and the Government of National Accord as they work in partnership with the United Nations to promote reconciliation and support a Libyan-led political process.

Saudi-Led Coalition’s Announcement On Reviewing Rules Of Engagement In Yemen

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The United States regards the Saudi-led Coalition’s ‎announcement that it will review their rules of engagement, hold those at fault accountable, and compensate victims following the Joint Incident Assessment Team’s finding that last month’s Sa’ada air strikes lacked justification as an important first step toward full transparency and accountability.‎ We continue to call on all sides to abide by the Law of Armed Conflict, to mitigate harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure, and thoroughly investigate and ensure accountability for any violations. It is imperative that all parties work toward a comprehensive political solution to avoid further harm to the Yemeni people. We fully support UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths as he prepares to convene parties in Geneva. All sides must engage constructively and in good faith in order to work toward a secure, stable, and peaceful Yemen.

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