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May 18, 2018

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today that it has provided an initial $1 million to combat the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

May 18, 2018

First, the U.S. and Myanmar. My opinion: the relationship between our two countries is a very special one. America is the leader of the free world. We consider ourselves the foremost champion of the community of democracies. Myanmar is one of the world's youngest democracies. When their students and civil society activists took to the streets not so long ago now demanding freedom and democracy, quite frankly, this country inspired us all. It reminded us why democracy matters, why civil society matters. We stood with the activists in those historic days, and we've proudly supported this democracy ever since.

Because America and Myanmar have this special kinship -- this very special bond and friendship -- I believe that we owe it to each other to be open and honest. Just as we share progress and successes, I think as friends we should also be willing to share concerns, as well. Our close friendship compels us to express honest concerns regarding the crisis with the Rohingya, as well as other ethnic and religious minority groups that have suffered persecution. To be clear, America speaks out on matters of democracy and human rights not because we have all the answers, but because through our history perhaps we have made all the mistakes.

May 18, 2018

From Bangladesh, obviously, we've come here to Burma. Had a good meeting, not just with the State Counsellor this morning, but with some of the officials who are involved in development in general and, in particular, the challenges facing Rakhine. And those were, I thought, constructive. We'll be continuing on in our conversations. I'm largely here, both in Bangladesh and Burma, to listen, to learn, to get direct input, to try to put together thoughts and observation and analysis for the Secretary of State so that it can help him as he formulates policy, and thinks through America's role.

May 18, 2018

We had the chance to talk about important issues, obviously development issues, our bread and butter, but also ways that we can work towards confidence building of all the communities so that we can help with the safe, voluntary return of the Rohingya from Bangladesh, and create conditions that allow for that safe, voluntary return. It was a good discussion. It was frank and open, and we look forward to following up.

May 17, 2018
Media Advisory

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant to the Administrator Greg Huger for the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan in support of the Administration's South Asia Strategy, and to India to discuss regional trade opportunities.

May 17, 2018
Remarks

The United States and Bangladesh share a long history of partnership and cooperation and friendship. USAID has particularly deep roots in this country; in fact, over the last couple of days, several Bangladeshis with whom I've spoken have told me that they can recall the days some decades ago when they were receiving food aid with the USAID logo on it. Things have changed a little bit since then as Bangladesh has risen rapidly, now graduating from low-income status, something that is indeed to be celebrated. There is much to do, of course, and we will continue to work closely together, our governments, on a number of fronts. From global health to food security, from economic development to democratic governance, we are working together on so many fronts.

May 16, 2018
Readout

On Wednesday, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with M.D. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in Dhaka. Administrator Green thanked the Government of Bangladesh for generously hosting and assisting nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled violence and persecution in Burma since August 2017, and underscored the U.S. commitment to the humanitarian response to the crisis.

May 16, 2018
Remarks

As you all know, America and Bangladesh have been working together closely for some time on many fronts, from health to counterterrorism, to food security. Together we've dramatically reduced the maternal and child mortality and tripled the production of rice and achieved 6 percent annual GDP growth over the last decade. Our relationship is much more than a partnership, much more than lights. It is a friendship. That friendship is based upon the values that we share. And as the Ambassador just alluded, in my view, that friendship has never been more important. We are working together to address the Rohingya crisis. America truly admires the capacity that Bangladesh has shown in extending a welcome to this poor beleaguered people. As your Administrator, I admire the role that you have played in helping Dhaka to meet their most immediate needs. We all recognize that the long-term answer must soon be found, but right now, the very survival of these oppressed families depends upon the help and assistance that you are helping to deliver. So, on behalf of the United States of America, I salute all of you.

May 16, 2018
Remarks

So, first, the purpose of my visit is to learn. It was a chance for me to visit Cox's Bazar and to learn and see for myself, with my own eyes, and also to speak to people, both the Rohingya, as well, of course, Bangladesh's government but local leaders. In terms of this meeting, it's a chance to celebrate the partnership between Bangladesh and the United States -- all that has been achieved on so many fronts. And so that was the principal part of the conversation.

May 15, 2018

Ramadan is a time to reflect on the principles of commitment, compassion, justice, and service.  These principles also lie at the core of USAID's mission.  Our Agency is proud to partner with Muslim communities across the world to pursue a shared commitment to humanitarian service and the elevation of human dignity.

May 15, 2018
Remarks

Good afternoon. Standing here with here with U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat, I'm proud to announce that USAID is providing $44 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support the relief efforts towards the Rohingya, both in Bangladesh and in Burma. The time that I have spent here in Bangladesh and in this camp reminds me, number one, of the terrible atrocities that the Rohingya have faced. But, number two, how the world community is coming together to support the good work of the Bangladesh Government in trying to provide some relief to these poor beleaguered people.

May 15, 2018
Fact Sheet

Today, the United States announced more than $44 million in additional humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and people affected by violence and conflict in Burma. This funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for displaced people in and from Burma to more than $299 million since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017.

May 11, 2018
Media Advisory

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will travel to Bangladesh, Burma, and Thailand from May 13 to May 23. USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Gloria Steele and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Ambassador Mark Storella will accompany Administrator Green as part of the delegation.

May 8, 2018

On behalf of the worldwide USAID team, I express my heartfelt condolences to the family of Mark Mitchell, an accomplished Foreign Service Officer who died in a tragic accident on Sunday in Georgia. USAID staff work around the world, often at risk to themselves, to promote a better future for all. His memory lives on in the lasting impact of his 25 years as a dedicated public servant. In addition to serving in the U.S. military, Mark faced some of the most challenging operating environments USAID officers confront worldwide, as he served in Djibouti and Afghanistan before taking up his post in Georgia. His passion for country, for service, and for improving the lives of those in need reached communities far and wide, and touched many here at home.

May 8, 2018

I join my U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) colleagues in congratulating the Office of Food for Peace and the USAID-led Power Africa initiative, both of which are finalists for the 2018 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. These medals recognize an enduring commitment to breaking down barriers, overcoming obstacles, and achieving results.

May 8, 2018
Fact Sheet

Today, the United States announced an additional $18.5 million in bilateral funding to support displaced Venezuelans in Colombia who have fled the crisis in their country. The United States is coordinating with the Government of Colombia to respond rapidly to the needs of Venezuelans, Colombians, and others who have fled Venezuela, while continuing to move forward with critical long-term peace accord implementation efforts.

May 3, 2018
Media Advisory

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Brock Bierman will travel to Moldova and Ukraine May 3 - 16.

May 2, 2018
Media Advisory

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant to the Administrator Greg Huger, of the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, will participate in a district event with constituents, including members of the Pakistani and Afghan diaspora community, in Long Island with Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-NY).

April 30, 2018

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met today with Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Geoffrey Onyeama.  Administrator Green underscored the importance of the relationship between the United States and Nigeria, and the two shared a desire for ongoing coordination in achieving our mutual goals.  

April 27, 2018

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met today with The Honorable Amadou Sanneh, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs of The Gambia.  Administrator Green congratulated the Minister for the restoration of The Gambia's eligibility under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and expressed support for the country's democratic transition.

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