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Climate, Environment, And Conservation: U.S. Delegation To The G-7 Environment, Energy, And Oceans Ministerial In Halifax

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The Group of Seven (G-7) Environment, Energy, and Oceans Ministerial will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 19–21, 2018. The State Department delegation, led by Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries William Gibbons-Fly, will include senior officers from the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and the Bureau of Energy Resources. Other senior officials representing the United States will include Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler; Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette; and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Tim Gallaudet.

The Ministerial includes high-level discussions on improving the health of the world’s oceans and the blue economy; energy production and transportation; and climate change.

For press inquiries, please contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov

Certification To Congress On Actions Of Saudi Arabia And UAE In Yemen Under The NDAA

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Pursuant to Section 1290 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA), I certified to Congress yesterday that the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments.

The Trump Administration has been clear that ending the conflict in Yemen is a national security priority. We will continue to work closely with the Saudi-led coalition to ensure Saudi Arabia and the UAE maintain support for UN-led efforts to end the civil war in Yemen, allow unimpeded access for the delivery of commercial and humanitarian support through as many avenues as possible, and undertake actions that mitigate the impact of the conflict on civilians and civilian infrastructure.

Andorra National Day

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Andorra as they celebrate Our Lady of Meritxell Day. The United States is proud to share a set of common values with the people of Andorra and looks forward to deepening its ties with them in the future. America will remain Andorra’s steadfast friend and partner as we pursue shared goals such as the promotion of human rights and democracy.

Eswatini National Day

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations on the 50th anniversary of Eswatini’s independence.

I applaud the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini’s commitment to the health of its people, as Eswatini continues its work to control HIV/AIDS and achieve its goal of an AIDS-free generation. I also commend the government on the important steps it took which led to Eswatini’s reinstatement under the African Growth and Opportunity Act earlier this year. The United States recognizes the importance of our partnership in the fight against HIV/AIDS and stands ready to help the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini make full use of its AGOA eligibility.

As Eswatini celebrates a half-century of independence, I wish the people of Eswatini a prosperous, healthy, and peaceful future.

Germany Accepts Former Nazi Slave-Labor Camp Guard Jakiw Palij

Nazi Slave-labor Camp Guard Jakiw Palij

Nazi Slave-labor Camp Guard Jakiw Palij

The United States expresses its deep appreciation to the Federal Republic of Germany for re-admitting former Nazi slave-labor camp guard Jakiw Palij, who was removed from the United States on August 20.

During World War II, Palij served as an armed guard at the Trawniki slave-labor camp for Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland. He concealed his Nazi service when he immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1949. A federal court stripped Palij of his citizenship in 2003 and a U.S. immigration judge ordered him removed from the United States in 2004 based on his wartime activities and postwar immigration fraud.

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