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Aruba National Day

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

On behalf of the Government of the United States, I offer my best wishes to the people of Aruba as you commemorate your National Day on March 18.

The United States values the strong ties and exchanges between our nations. We look forward to expanding travel between our two countries and continuing our collaboration in renewable energy and entrepreneurship. We value the close cooperation with Aruban law enforcement agencies in combatting transnational criminal organizations and countering regional instability. These efforts help keep both Aruba and the United States safe.

The United States values our longstanding friendship and wishes you a happy National Day celebration.

Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meetings On Economic Engagement With South Africa

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:

During his visit to Johannesburg and Pretoria March 13-16, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with South African business leaders and experts to discuss priority economic issues in South Africa, including enhancing the business climate to create conditions for greater U.S. commercial engagement. Deputy Secretary Sullivan welcomed the opportunity to engage directly with these economic and business thought-leaders on issues that affect the U.S.-South Africa trade and investment relationship.

Deputy Secretary Sullivan also discussed the importance of ensuring a level playing field for business with South African Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies. The Deputy Secretary noted that South Africa is the United States’ most developed trade and investment partner on the continent and underscored that U.S. business brings long-term benefits for South Africa and South Africans.

The Passing Of His Excellency Virachai Plasai Ambassador Of The Kingdom Of Thailand To The United States Of America

Ambassador Virachai Plasai

Ambassador Virachai Plasai

On behalf of the United States of America, I offer heartfelt condolences on the passing of His Excellency Ambassador Virachai Plasai to his family, friends, and the people of Thailand.

Ambassador Virachai is remembered by many as a stalwart friend of the United States, working tirelessly to further the U.S.-Thai relationship and advance the prosperity and security of both our nations. Ambassador Virachai previously served as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United Nations in New York where he did much to exert Thai leadership globally. He was an avid musician, bringing the beauty of His Late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s musical compositions to many Americans.

Ambassador Virachai will be greatly missed. The United States will long remember his leadership and contributions to his country and the world.

Special Representative Elliott Abrams To Discuss Venezuelan Crisis With Russian, Italian Officials

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and other Russian officials in Rome March 18-19 to discuss the deteriorating situation in Venezuela.  Special Representative Abrams will also meet with Italian officials, including Prime Minister Diplomatic Advisor Pietro Benassi.

Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With The U.S.-South Africa Working Group On African And Global Issues

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan led the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-South Africa Working Group on Africa and Global Issues. Deputy Secretary Sullivan and Director General Mahoai discussed ways to deepen bilateral cooperation, as well as issues on the United Nations Security Council agenda. The Deputy Secretary emphasized the importance of advancing the bilateral trade relationship and expanding commercial ties between the United States and South Africa.

They also discussed regional and global peace and security, including developments in Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Iran, and North Korea. The United States and South Africa pledged to continue pursuing their shared goals of peace and prosperity on the African continent and around the world.

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