U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 18 July 2016

More than 700 U.S. athletes are expected to compete in the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics this summer in Rio de Janeiro. (© Alamy Stock/Lazyllama)

Today’s topics: Turkey/Russia/ Africa / U.S. Elections/Olympics


16 July 2016 Secretary Kerry’s Call With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu The Secretary reiterated U.S. support for the democratically elected government in Turkey, for the rule of law and for the need for authorities to take all necessary precautions to safeguard civilian life and property as they respond to this attempted coup.

15 July 2016 The Situation in Turkey Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State The United States views with gravest concern events unfolding in Turkey. We are monitoring a very fluid situation.I spoke this evening to Foreign Minister Cavusoglu and emphasized the United States’ absolute support for Turkey’s democratically-elected, civilian government and democratic institutions.We urge all parties to ensure the safety and well-being of diplomatic missions and personnel and civilians throughout Turkey.Our Embassy and Consulates in Turkey continue to provide updates to U.S. citizens in Turkey. U.S. citizens should shelter in place and stay indoors; and update family and friends of status when possible. Consular information for U.S. citizens can be found here.


15 July 2016 Joint Press Availability With Secretary Kerry and the  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Osobnyak Moscow, Russia We also talked about issues of enormous concern to the world, issues which are challenging countries and leaders in many parts of the world. And we were reminded in very stark and painful terms of one of those issues last night when we learned of the horrific attack in Nice. And I join with Sergey, as I did this afternoon when we were privileged to go over to the embassy here in Moscow, the French embassy, put some flowers on a makeshift memorial and have an opportunity to write condolences in the book. And both of us join in extending our deepest condolences to the families and to the friends of those killed. I know there were a couple of Americans. My hearts go out particularly to their family and their friends, and we wish a very speedy recovery to those who were injured, and there were many of them.


17 July 2016 United States Reassures Support to South Sudan  Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson  The United States wants to reassure the people and the government of South Sudan that we are not planning, nor will plan, to target any government or military leaders; nor will we import special military equipment with the goal of destabilizing South Sudan. Any suggestion that the United States has done so or will do so is false, baseless, and not in the interest of peace in South Sudan. We want to make clear to the people and the government of South Sudan that the United States has no plan for offensive action in their country.

15 July 2016 How the African Union-U.S. partnership is making a difference The African Union called for “solidarity, Pan-Africanism, self-reliance and independence for a United Africa” in opening its 27th summit, which runs July 10–18 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The U.S. has:

• Obligated more than $842 million in funds to support the African Union Mission in Somalia and its troop contributors with equipment, logistics, advisory support and training to counter al-Shabaab terrorism and create further opportunity for political progress.

• Committed $100 million in support for the African Union’s mission to prevent further ethnic violence in the Central African Republic and to restore stability.

• Supported the African Union’s work to develop peacekeeping solutions run by Africans for Africans that can sustain themselves into the future as effective alternatives to U.N. operations.

U.S. Election

15 July 2016 Convention speeches can be star makers

People gathered, signs raised, flags waving (© AP Images)
Convention speeches can be star makers

When Republicans and Democrats host their national conventions for the 2016 election season, you’ll see some of the most famous names in U.S. politics carrying the flag for their political parties. But there will also be faces that aren’t so familiar. Yet.

The keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston spoke of the hope he believed was needed to move America forward. “It’s the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores … the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him too.”

t the time, not many people had heard of the U.S. Senate candidate from Illinois named Barack Obama, but four years later his would be the name behind which the Democrats rallied at the national convention in Denver.
Both parties use the conventions to highlight their rising stars, taking advantage of the national television audience to test the appeal of possible future candidates.


18 July 2016 Ready for Rio? Meet the athletes of Team USA This summer, Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium will host more than 15,000 athletes from more than 200 countries for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games on August 5 and the Paralympic Games on September 7.

For many of the world’s top athletes, qualifying for these games represents only one step on the road to Rio. Team USA is no exception.

What do you have in common with these athletes? More than you might think.