All articles from: 2016

Day 2 Statement by Ambassador Punke at the 13th WTO TPR of the United States

Ambassador Michael Punke, Deputy United States Trade Representative and U.S. Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization, addresses the WTO on the second day of the 2016 Trade Policy Review of the United States which is taking place on December 19 and 21. Surveillance of national trade policies through the Trade Policy Review Mechanism is a fundamental part of the work of the WTO: all WTO members are reviewed, the frequency of each country’s review varying according to its share of world trade.

U.S. Mission Photo/Eric Bridiers

Let me note at the outset how gratified the United States is that we heard such consistent acknowledgments and expressions of appreciation for the commitment of the U.S. to the WTO, and for the importance of our leadership in this institution.

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U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Emergency Message: Shooting in Zurich; Avoid Area and Police Activity

U.S. Embassy Bern informs U.S. citizens that on December 19 a gunman shot and wounded three people near the Islamic Center at Eigasse 6, Kreis 4 in Zurich. Police are searching for the gunman. We encourage U.S. citizens in Switzerland to avoid the area around Eisgasse. We urge U.S. citizens in Zurich to contact family members and loved ones to notify them that you are safe.

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Statement by Ambassador Michael Punke at the 13th WTO TPR of the United States

Ambassador Michael Punke, Deputy United States Trade Representative and U.S. Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization, addresses the WTO during the 2016 Trade Policy Review of the United States which is taking place on December 19 and 21.  Surveillance of national trade policies through the Trade Policy Review Mechanism is a fundamental part of the work of the WTO: all WTO members are reviewed, the frequency of each country’s review varying according to its share of world trade.

U.S. Mission Photo/Eric Bridiers

Our commitment to open markets and to the rules-based multilateral trading system embodied in the WTO remains a vital part of the United States’ trade and investment policy.

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December 18 Communiqué on Yemen

The Foreign Ministers of the United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates met today along with the UN Special Envoy and the Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs.

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Statement by Secretary Kerry: International Migrants Day

We are proud to live in a nation that has offered unparalleled freedom and opportunity to migrants, and reaffirm our commitment to assisting those who are most in need of protection and aid.

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Statement by the United States at the December 16, 2016, DSB Meeting

Statements by the United States at the Meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands is a valued friend and partner of the United States. We are linked by close ties of history, as well as a shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Pacific.

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Secretary Kerry: Remarks on Syria and the Situation in Aleppo

There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for the indiscriminate and savage brutality against civilians shown by the regime and by its Russian and Iranian allies over the past few weeks, or indeed for the past five years.

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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia

The United States welcomed the continued successful operation of the Gali and Ergneti Incident Prevention Response Mechanisms (IPRMs), as an independent contribution to peace and stability. The United States also congratulated the EU Monitoring Mission for its efforts to facilitate medical crossings and maintain the incident hotline, work that has helped to reduce tensions along the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) and maintain relatively calm conditions on the ground.

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U.S. Statement at the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on South Sudan

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We welcome this special session, which is urgently needed to address the grave human rights crisis in South Sudan. We thank our fellow core group members, Albania, Paraguay, and the United Kingdom, for their leadership.

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