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چهارشنبه, 28 اکټوبر, 2020

 
Good afternoon. Thank you for inviting me to participate in this event.

Thank you to the International Republican Institute and the Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos for hosting this important event today. I want to salute the others who are speaking. You are doing crucial work on behalf of the Cuban people.

I also want to convey how gratified I am that this is being seen by the Cuban people, both those on the island, and those in the diaspora. Hello to all of you watching, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today. I salute your courage and tenacity, even as you deal with challenges no one should have to face.

I am always enthusiastic about this report, because I recognize how important it is to inform the world about the dire straits the Cuban people continue to endure under the regime.

I want to underscore how much the Trump Administration, USAID, and the American people care about the situation in Cuba. We see how bad things are, and—as today’s report details—we know that the situation continues to deteriorate. Responsible leaders would see these challenges and take care of the people who are suffering in this way.

But instead of addressing any of this dire need, the kleptocratic Cuban regime punishes those who call attention to the most pressing issues on the island. They silence journalists, they imprison political opponents, and they oppress civil society. Because they don’t want the people to know the truth.

28-10-2020 11:30

In a COVID-altered world, there will be, we can hope, a vaccine and greater enthusiasm for investments in global health. But we must remember that this is more than a healthcare crisis. There will be billions of victims of this pandemic who never caught the virus. And it will fall to USAID and like-minded donors around the world to rebuild what was lost. If we focus on the future while continuing to lead in the present, USAID will prove, yet again, why the United States remains the best friend of the developing world.

27-10-2020 15:00

The global digital infrastructure is changing rapidly, and the pitfalls and opportunities it presents have never been more consequential. I am encouraged by the attention that friends and partners in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world are giving to this issue. Together, we can ensure the widespread, equitable, and safe proliferation of these vital new technologies.

27-10-2020 12:45

Religious freedom, it is often said, is America’s first freedom, from which all other freedoms flow. Religious freedom is not only a God-given right, but an American value enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. I am fortunate to lead an agency that is promoting religious freedom in our work every day. Defending and promoting religious freedom for all is a top priority of the Trump Administration, and one that we at USAID take very seriously.

25-10-2020 12:00

 We are here to celebrate the expansion and strengthening of the bilateral relationship between the United States and the UAE.

22-10-2020 12:00

The Rohingya refugees from whom we just heard convey why we’re all here—we know how important it is to meet the needs of the Rohingya. The Government of Bangladesh has been integral to ensuring the safety and well-being of the Rohingya. I can’t overstate our gratitude. And we are thankful for our decades-long friendship with Bangladesh.

21-10-2020 13:00

The United States will always support the people of Venezuela, and we look forward to celebrating freedom with them when they can finally heal from the nightmare that the Maduro regime has caused. History will judge us by how we act here and now. Which is why, in addition to the humanitarian assistance I’ve already mentioned, we’re also providing $128 million to support civil society, human rights, independent media, and the democratically elected National Assembly.

20-10-2020 12:45

The Abraham Accords will unleash the full potential of millions of people who have previously not been able to share ideas, visit each other, and build a more hopeful world. The participating nations will be able to prosper together through trade and shared innovation. They will work together to advance developments in water engineering, energy, health care, agriculture and infrastructure. And they will pursue together larger opportunities for regional cooperation and stability. Nations once sworn to Israel’s destruction now accept her as a neighbor and as a friend. We at USAID are eager to help Israel and its new diplomatic partners bring the fruits of peace to emerging markets.

19-10-2020 11:00

Trafficking survivors and the interagency are key partners in the fight against human trafficking, from organized crime in places like Libya and Nigeria, to alleged state-sponsored trafficking in Cuba. That is why we are revising our policy on Countering Trafficking in Persons, or C-TIP, to further bring our key partners into our work. With the revised policy coming in January of 2021, USAID will bring trafficking survivors and State Department colleagues into our technical and selection committees, providing survivors with the opportunity to inform policies and programs that directly affect them.

16-10-2020 13:30

USAID is well-positioned to support and leverage the $75 billion of investment that DFC will catalyze for critical development challenges, including COVID-19 recovery. We establish the architecture for long-term, flourishing investment climates that support economic resilience and enable DFC and private sector investments to thrive. Our programs support local businesses, and we help countries create the conditions for private investment and growth. We strengthen food security among the poorest households, and we broaden economic opportunities for people in their own countries. USAID promotes good governance and accountable institutions as key building blocks for an investment climate that is attractive.

14-10-2020 14:15

We have seen great progress in our efforts to expand access to sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene over the years. We are proud of these results. And I had the chance to see some of this progress last November when I visited Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. I saw how that community is improving its sanitation through educational events that encourage good hygiene practices among all community members. It was terrific to watch some of the children demonstrate in a play what they had learned about handwashing directly from USAID programming.

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