Washington, DC - Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan today co-hosted a public event on the margins of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly entitled “Stepping up Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking,” proudly joining the governments of Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Canada, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom to affirm the importance of government action to combat human trafficking.

Washington, DC - Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke by phone yesterday with Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero. They discussed President Sebastian Piñera’s upcoming visit to the White House on September 28, which will strengthen the long-standing partnership between the United States and Chile. They also discussed Chile’s hosting of APEC in 2019 and our mutual goals to increase economic growth and prosperity.

Washington, DC - The United States welcomes coordination on international efforts to implement UN Security Council Resolutions on North Korea’s illicit shipping activities, which prohibit ship-to-ship transfers of any goods or items to or from North Korean vessels of any goods or items going to or coming from North Korea.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the government of the United States, it is my pleasure to congratulate the people of Armenia on the 27th anniversary of your historic vote to reclaim and restore your national independence. This year is especially important because it also represents the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the first Armenian state in modern history and the centennial celebration of U.S.-Armenian friendship.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I wish to convey my best wishes to the people of Malta on their 54th Independence Day.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the Government of the United States of America and the American people, I would like to wish the Korean people a very warm Chuseok holiday. During this time for homecoming and family gatherings, good food, and friendly gifts, we join you in giving thanks for the many blessings of this life and connecting with loved ones.