Friday, November 26, 2021

State Department Recap: October 28-November 3

Here’s a look at what US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other top diplomats are up to this week:

Ethiopia

The US State Department on Tuesday raised the travel advisory for Ethiopia to Level 4, asking Americans not to travel to the country because of “armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruption, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas”. asked for It came as Ethiopia’s federal government declared a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday as its fighting with Tigrayan forces neared the one-year mark and fighting escalated in northern Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will travel to Ethiopia on Thursday and Friday. The State Department said the US was increasingly disturbed by the escalation of war operations and inter-sectarian violence in Ethiopia and was monitoring the situation closely, calling on all Ethiopians to commit to peace and resolution of grievances through dialogue. called upon.

Ethiopian government declares emergency

spyware

The United States has added four foreign technology companies to its banned-companies list, saying they “developed and supplied spyware to foreign governments” and that the spyware was used by “government officials, journalists, businessmen, activists, academics, and was done to maliciously target embassy employees.” The State Department accused the companies of “engaging in activities contrary to the interests of national security or the foreign policy of the United States.”

US blacklists four foreign companies for ‘malicious cyber activities’

Sudan

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he admired the millions of Sudanese who held a peaceful protest Saturday to express their aspirations for a democratic Sudan. Meanwhile, a senior US official said the Sudanese military exercised restraint during Saturday’s demonstrations and increased the chances of the country returning to a power-sharing agreement.

Sudan’s army showed restraint during anti-coup protests, US special envoy said

China

Blinken met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday as part of the Group of 20 summit – an outreach designed to ensure that the intensely competitive relationship between the world’s two largest economies does not turn into open conflict. come.

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Blinken expresses concern about Taiwan with China

The State Department said Blinken reaffirmed areas where the US and China could work together, including North Korea, Myanmar, Iran, Afghanistan and the climate crisis, while expressing concerns about many Chinese actions that would undermine international rules-based orders, including those related to human rights, in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong, the East and South China Seas and Taiwan.

Afghanistan

US officials have confirmed that a newly formed armed group opposing the Taliban regime in Afghanistan has registered with the Justice Department to conduct political lobbying in the United States. A State Department spokesman said over the weekend that US officials “are aware that on October 26 an organization registered under the Foreign Agent Registration Act is called ‘The National Resistance Front’.”

Anti-Taliban group registers with US to try to build Afghan resistance

Iran

The State Department confirmed on Wednesday that the next round of Iran nuclear talks would resume on November 29. US Special Envoy Robert Mali will lead the US participation in these talks. Spokesman Ned Price said that if all sides are to close the remaining areas of disagreement, the talks “should start right where the sixth round of talks left off.”

The leaders of the US, Germany, France and the United Kingdom warned Tehran that obstacles to its continued nuclear progress and the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency would jeopardize its withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

At G-20, US, Europe urge Iran to return to JCPOA compliance

Meanwhile, the US on Friday sanctioned individuals and companies linked to a network of companies linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Blinken said in a tweet that the US is “strongly committed to combating all dangerous activities by Iran and those who support it.”

US sanctions individuals, firms for supporting Iran’s drone program

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