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France National Day

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my best wishes to the people of the French Republic as you celebrate your National Day.

France is our oldest friend and ally. The strength of our relationship is reflected in President Macron’s recent visit to the United States when we celebrated the ideals of freedom and peace that we both cherish and the historical ties that bind our countries. France has had an immeasurable influence on our culture, and our alliance benefits from the countless links between our people.

Our shared history has nurtured close cooperation. We support each other in our determination to foster democracy, to prevent the spread of global violence, and to promote prosperity worldwide. Together, we address 21st century challenges to ensure a safe and prosperous world for both our countries.

The United States looks eagerly to a future of continued friendship and close cooperation between our two great nations.

Remarks At The United States Energy Association Congressional Luncheon

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, Library of Congress

Francis R. Fannon

Francis R. Fannon

As prepared for delivery:

I am honored to speak before so many distinguished members of the United States Congress. I am pleased that my first public remarks in my new role are before a Congressional audience.

Until this job, my role as counsel to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works was my most professionally satisfying. During that time, I drafted and negotiated provisions of the landmark Energy Policy Act of 2005 which included the hydraulic fracturing provisions that helped to unleash today’s energy abundance.

At that time, Congress was holding oversight hearings on U.S. gas security. Businesses were relocating to other parts of the world because of insufficient gas supplies, and companies were permitting liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals. It is from this perspective that I recognize that the United States stands at a strategic pivot in the history of global energy markets.

Today, ours is a story of energy abundance. The United States is now the largest oil and gas producer in the world. The U.S. produces 775 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually and will produce 1 trillion cubic meters per year as soon as 2025. U.S. LNG exports are on the rise, both from the Gulf of Mexico, and now from just an hour from the Library of Congress at Cove Point, with more projects coming on line. U.S. natural gas is increasing the energy resilience of more than two dozen countries.

It is in the U.S. interest to foster a market-driven global gas market. Free markets prevent countries from using gas for political purposes, and drive economic growth across the world. This is a vital National Security Strategy goal that guides our efforts at the State Department.

U.S. diplomacy promotes the diversification of energy sources, supplies, and routes globally so that our allies and partners worldwide are more resilient and can defend against other countries’ attempts to use energy to coerce.

The United States, for its part, will not use energy to coerce. We will remain a reliable energy partner and will not “shut off the gas” when others need it the most. Our goal is to keep markets open, transparent, and free of manipulation and political coercion.

U.S. LNG is one of the most reliable energy sources now available to the world. The State Department is engaging through an all-of-government approach. We promote exports of all forms of energy technologies and services. We advance U.S. companies, open new markets, and level playing fields around the world.

To our foreign dignitaries here today, let me say that we are here to support countries looking for reliable and affordable energy resources. The Department of State and our Bureau of Energy Resources provide technical assistance to countries who understand that a vibrant and resilient economy is one that has multiple energy options and suppliers. The U.S. learned this lesson well in the 1970s and we are ready to assist countries to avoid our own mistakes.

But we need the help of our international partners, as we must all work together to build the necessary infrastructure. Import terminals and pipelines are critical to catalyze a meaningful global gas market that provides increased security for all of us.

To our private sector guests, let me underscore that the Department of State is eager to help U.S. companies access new international markets. We, along with our 1,500 economic officers at embassies worldwide, are here for you.

In conclusion, thank you for your efforts and for being part of this global energy system transformation. My colleagues and I look forward to working with you to advance global energy security. Thank you.

 

Remarks At Press Availability With Foreign Minister Messahel

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Good afternoon. I am delighted to be here today in Algiers to have lengthy discussions with Foreign Minister Messahel and his colleagues in the Algerian government on many important issues, including counterterrorism. We’ve just left the beginning of the fifth U.S.-Algeria Counterterrorism Dialogue and it’s an auspicious start and I’m looking forward to continuing discussions and cooperation today.

A week before Algeria’s Independence Day commemoration on July 5, allow me to pass along greetings and best wishes to the Algerian government and people from their friends and partners in the United States.

The Foreign Minister has been most generous to give me a reproduction of the treaty between the United States and Algeria signed by President Washington, a symbol of the enduring and important relationship between the United States and Algeria extending back centuries.

Security cooperation continues to be among the most important priorities of engagement for our governments. The United States is proud to stand with Algeria to fight terrorism and to take steps to address drivers of violent extremism.

The United States values Algeria’s hard-won gains against terrorism and supports Algeria’s efforts to share those lessons with others. We are grateful for Algeria’s leadership in the Global Counterterrorism Forum.

We also support Algeria’s important and ongoing diplomatic efforts to advance peace and security in the region, particularly in Mali and Libya. As we confront today’s challenges, know that the United States stands side-by-side with Algeria in our commitment to build peaceful and prosperous societies that benefit all citizens.

Of course, our strategic relationship extends beyond security and counterterrorism. A central pillar of America’s foreign policy is advancing our bilateral economic partnerships through fair, robust trade partnerships. In this spirit, we look forward to exploring new opportunities to expand trade and investment in Algeria.

We also place high priority in advancing people-to-people exchanges between the United States and Algeria. Our Middle East Partnership Initiative, English Access micro-scholarship program, and American Centers are but a few examples of how we strive to build friendships and understanding among our citizens.

Together, we are focused on unlocking the potential of all our citizens to ensuring the continued prosperity and security of both our great countries. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership and building upon it for the benefit of both the Algerian and American people.

I thank you again Your Excellency for hosting me today. It’s a great honor for me to stand here today. Thank you.

Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Prime Minister Ouyahia in Algeria

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎

‎On June 28, after participating in the Fifth U.S.-Algeria Counterterrorism Dialogue in Algiers, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia. The Deputy Secretary and Prime Minister discussed cooperation to address regional issues, including their support for the UN-led diplomatic efforts to stabilize Libya and support the Mali peace process, and opportunities to expand U.S.-Algerian economic and commercial ties.

The two also discussed Algeria’s experience with de-radicalization and countering violent extremism. The Deputy Secretary emphasized the United States’ commitment to strengthening and broadening U.S.-Algerian relations.

Population, Refugees, And Migration: Framework Discussions For Cooperation Between The United States And The Office Of The United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

On June 22 in Geneva, officials from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) held an all-day senior-level review of the 2018-2019 PRM-UNHCR Framework for Cooperation. First signed in 2000, the biennial Framework for Cooperation focuses on shared goals and priorities consistent with UN humanitarian reform efforts as well as oversight, monitoring, communications, and reporting requirements at an institutional level between UNHCR and its largest single donor, the United States.

Given the unprecedented and increasing gap between needs and assistance, these Framework discussions present an opportunity to determine the best and most impactful use of U.S. taxpayer dollars.

The discussions centered on the need for UNHCR to increase burden sharing, advance data-driven reform efforts, and pursue efficiency and effectiveness. The U.S. government is seeking tangible results across the humanitarian system, including on prioritized joint needs assessments and reduced duplication and management costs.

These discussions are in line with the U.S. government’s continued UN reform and management goals. The discussions also aligned with the 2016 Grand Bargain commitments that aim to improve global aid delivery among the world’s largest donors and aid providers. UNHCR committed to undertaking steps to enhance real-time reporting on the impact of U.S. contributions and increase visibility of the United States’ leading role in supporting refugees around the world. The discussion also focused on procedures to prevent and combat fraud, corruption, or misconduct, especially regarding sexual exploitation and abuse.

The U.S. delegation emphasized the need for UNHCR and development partners to achieve coherence between humanitarian aid and development assistance, including through its work to implement the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, which is in line with the ongoing international Global Refugee Compact consultation process.

The Department of State is proud of its long-standing and robust partnership with UNHCR. Through the nearly $1.5 billion in funding provided to UNHCR in Fiscal Year 2017 and the important humanitarian diplomacy conducted by the Department of State’s diplomatic personnel worldwide, the U.S. government and UNHCR remain strong partners in our effort to protect and find durable solutions for the millions of refugees, stateless persons, internally displaced, and other persons of concern around the world.

For further information, please contact PRM Press at PRMPress@state.gov.

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