Secretary of state Michael R. Pompeo made the following remarks in meeting with Central Asian (C5) Foreign Ministers:
SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning, everyone. Welcome to our big week here in New York. Thank you all for joining me. It’s always a busy time, but I am thrilled that we had this opportunity. This is an important meeting. Thank you all for joining me and for being here with me.
I also want to thank the foreign ministers for hosting David Hale. He had a great visit, and we appreciated your candor regarding our mutual security concerns. I hope today we can continue that very open and frank discussion about the new ways that our nations can cooperate.
You all know this: We must absolutely work together on counterterrorism, especially on the difficult but critical task of returning, prosecuting, and reintegrating foreign terrorist fighters and their families. The United States can help you figure out how best do that and assist you in your process.
And further on the subject of terrorism, I want to make clear that China’s repressive campaign in Xinjiang is not about terrorism. It’s about China’s attempt – about China’s attempt to erase its own citizens’ Muslim faith and culture. We call on all countries to resist China’s demands to repatriate Uighurs.
The Trump administration also takes your border security concerns very seriously. We don’t want terrorists or drug traffickers to be able to cross your borders with impunity. Greater cooperation on this issue with Central Asia and with Afghanistan will help guarantee the security of your nations and your people.
And finally, this morning, we also want to help you grow your economies in a mutually beneficial and sustainable way. We have seen and continue to see great opportunities for the region to cooperate on energy matters. I look forward to discussing the process of – prospect of American investment in your infrastructure projects.
We, of course, respect your right to do business with whomever you wish. But when you do, consider how America does business – openly and fairly and on mutually beneficial terms. The United States too can offer independent experts to review and assess foreign infrastructure investments in your countries if you’re interested in that assistance as well. I hope we can make prospects – or, excuse me, progress on all of these topics today. Thank you.
U.S. State Department
Pompeo travels to 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
This week, Secretary of State Pompeo will attend the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York where he will advance U.S. interests and promote a more peaceful and prosperous world. We commonly refer to this week as “UNGA” High-Level Week and I want to give you a preview of our top five priorities this year.
First among those priorities is countering the malign influence of autocratic state actors that threaten global peace and security.
During UNGA High-Level Week, we intend to hold to account those regimes and governments that consistently attempt to undermine human rights and humanitarian mechanisms and norms in UN bodies.
As the Secretary has made clear, the United States stands for individual liberty and human dignity and supports states that protect “unalienable” rights. There can be no moral equivalency between nations that uphold the rule of law, empower women, and respect individual rights and those that brutalize and suppress their people.
Through our words and deeds, the United States demonstrates a positive alternative to autocratic and repressive forms of government, and we will continue to lead global discussions highlighting the abuses of actors like North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Venezuela during High-Level week and beyond.
Second, the United States will urge the international community to come together to end conflicts in places like Libya, Syria, and Yemen, and to support peace agreements in places like South Sudan. The United States firmly believes that the UN must play an active role in addressing the causes and destructive impacts of conflicts;
Third, we will continue to push the UN to evolve to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The UN must utilize its resources effectively and transparently to provide maximum benefit to member states. There is nothing more important to the future of the UN and the expectations we place on it than meaningful and lasting reform.
Fourth, the United States will continue to prioritize efforts to increase global economic growth. Economic growth is the key to a prosperous and peaceful world; and
Finally, we will reinforce last year’s call for member states to equitably share the burden of addressing global humanitarian needs. As the largest single country donor of humanitarian assistance worldwide, the United States remains committed to supporting the UN’s humanitarian response program, but the growing number of crises and the increasing scale of needs are beyond the capacity of any single donor to address.
The Secretary will actively lead and engage with our international partners on these important priorities, but thankfully, he doesn’t have to do it alone. We are incredibly pleased to have Ambassador Kelly Craft as our new permanent representative to the UN just in time for UNGA. American leadership has never been stronger, and we are confident that our engagement next week will lead to a more peaceful and prosperous world.
Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus