Around the FS World: Chargé d’Affaires in Kenya, Phils, Morocco, Moldova, Luxembourg, Bahrain, Timor-Leste

 

 

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Around the World in Tweets: Special Envoys

 

Around the FS World: New Faces at ASEAN, Brasilia, Vancouver, Peshawar, New Delhi

 

@StateDept Announces Commissioner General For UAE-Funded USA Pavilion in @Expo2020Dubai

 

Filed under the “living beyond our means” folder. The State Department announced recently the appointment of the USA Pavilion Commissioner General for the Expo 2020 in Dubai. Somebody forgot to mention that without the reported $60 million funding generosity from the United Arab Emirates, there would be no USA Pavilion for the commissioner to showcase American culture and innovation.
Holy guacamole, yes, you are free to quibble. It’s the World’s Fair, after all, so it’s all perfectly fine .. FINE… Friends don’t let friends attend the World’s Fair without their own pavilion to showcase.  Isn’t that what those wise, folks say?
Jan 2020: United Arab Emirates to Pay For Estimated $60Million USA Pavilion in Expo2020 Dubai #foreignassistance
Feb 2016: USA Pavilion at World Expo Milan 2015 and $26 Million of Unpaid Invoices

Belarus Opposition Leader Sviatlana @Tsihanouskaya Visits WashDC

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Life After Foggy Bottom: Secretaries of State on Twitter

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US Ambassador Hennessey-Niland Visits Taiwan With Palauan Presidential Delegation

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The U.S Ambassador to Palau John Hennessey-Niland visited Taipei with the presidential delegation from Palau on March 28.  The five-day trip is reportedly to launched ‘Asia’s first travel bubble’ between two ‘Covid-safe’ destinations — Taipei and Koror, Palau’s biggest island.” According to SCMP:

US ambassador to Palau John Hennessey-Niland was part of the delegation, becoming the first US envoy to visit Taiwan since Washington switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing from Taipei in 1979. Beijing, which considers Taiwan part of its territory that must be returned to its control by force if needed, has repeatedly warned the US against official contacts with the island.

There does not appear to be any statement on state.gov or post’s social media about this trip.
State.gov backgrounder: Palau gained its independence and established diplomatic relations with the United States in 1994, with the entry into force of the Compact, under which the U.S. remains responsible for Palau’s defense until 2044. Palau is a sovereign nation and conducts its own foreign relations. The United States and Palau cooperate on a broad range of issues, including strengthening regional security, promoting sustainable development and addressing climate change, and protecting fisheries and the environment. Approximately 500 Palauans serve as volunteers in the U.S. armed forces, and Palau also has one of the highest levels of voting coincidence with the United States at the United Nations. The United States and Palau signed the Compact Review Agreement in 2010, with a wide range of federal programs to continue until 2024. Read more

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Diplomatic Posts Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season

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Celebrating Irish-America ☘️ Happy #StPatricksDay! ☘️

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