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The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Dedicates the New U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

As a display of enduring friendship and the important bilateral partnership, U.S. Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson and U.S. Consul General in Nuevo Laredo Phillip Linderman, along with local officials, dedicated the new U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico today.

The new U.S. Consulate General provides a safe and secure platform for diplomacy and includes an office building, a U.S. Marine security guard residence, a support annex, and facilities for the Consulate community.

Moore Ruble Yudell of Santa Monica, California, is the design architect, and PAGE of Washington, D.C., is the architect of record. B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama is the construction contractor.

As part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has completed 142 new diplomatic facilities since 1999 and has an additional 59 projects in design or under construction.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to host nations and support staff in achieving U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities represent U.S. values and the best in U.S. architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

Source: U.S. Department of State

The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Dedicates the New U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

As a display of enduring friendship and the important bilateral partnership, U.S. Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson and U.S. Consul General in Nuevo Laredo Phillip Linderman, along with local officials, dedicated the new U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico today.

The new U.S. Consulate General provides a safe and secure platform for diplomacy and includes an office building, a U.S. Marine security guard residence, a support annex, and facilities for the Consulate community.

Moore Ruble Yudell of Santa Monica, California, is the design architect, and PAGE of Washington, D.C., is the architect of record. B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama is the construction contractor.

As part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has completed 142 new diplomatic facilities since 1999 and has an additional 59 projects in design or under construction.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to host nations and support staff in achieving U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities represent U.S. values and the best in U.S. architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

Source: U.S. Department of State

OIC chief condemns terrorist attack in Afghanistan

Jeddah Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen strongly condemned the terrorist attack carried out by Daesh terrorist group in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, killing at least 30 people and injuring scores of others.

Al-Othaimeen condemned, in the strongest terms, the series of terrorist attacks that have gripped Afghanistan in the past few weeks. He also stated that the perpetrators and supporters of these shocking crimes have definitely no place among Muslims.

The secretary general reaffirmed the OIC’s support to Afghanistan and commended the resilience, resolve and perseverance of the Afghan nation. He conveyed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the government and people of Afghanistan, wishing a speedy recovery to the wounded.

Al-Othaimeen expressed his categorical rejection of these terrorist acts that violate the sanctity of human life and reiterated the principled position of the OIC against all forms of terrorism and extremism.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Acting Secretary of State Sullivan to Travel to Toronto

Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Toronto, Canada from April 21-23 to lead the U.S. delegation to the G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting offers an opportunity for foreign ministers to exchange views and collaborate on global political and security issues of mutual concern, including counterterrorism, non-proliferation, North Korea, and Syria. These conversations will set the stage for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit in Charlevoix, Canada, in June.

On the margins of the G-7 ministerial, Acting Secretary Sullivan will meet with a number of his counterparts for bilateral discussions. The Acting Secretary will also engage with staff at Consulate General Toronto.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Acting Secretary of State Sullivan to Travel to Toronto

Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Toronto, Canada from April 21-23 to lead the U.S. delegation to the G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting offers an opportunity for foreign ministers to exchange views and collaborate on global political and security issues of mutual concern, including counterterrorism, non-proliferation, North Korea, and Syria. These conversations will set the stage for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit in Charlevoix, Canada, in June.

On the margins of the G-7 ministerial, Acting Secretary Sullivan will meet with a number of his counterparts for bilateral discussions. The Acting Secretary will also engage with staff at Consulate General Toronto.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Palestine on top of Arab Summit agenda on Sunday

Dhahran (UNA-OIC) � All the preparations are well in place for the 29th Arab Summit, which will be held in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran on Sunday. Heads of state and leaders of Arab countries taking part in the summit started arriving in the Kingdom. Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said that the Palestinian issue is a top priority at the summit. He stated that the Qatar issue is a Gulf matter and will not be discussed in the summit.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has already arrived in the Eastern Province to chair the summit. The leaders who arrived for the summit include Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd Bin Mahmoud Al-Said. They were received at King Abdulaziz Air Base in Dhahran by Governor of the Eastern Province Prince Saud Bin Naif and other senior officials.

Presiding over the meeting of the Arab foreign ministers, preparatory to the summit, Al-Jubeir deplored the announcement of Washington about Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Saudi Press Agency reported. We fully back the unanimous global rejection of this move as it would scuttle the global efforts to achieve an end to the Arab � Israeli conflict, he said.

Al-Jubeir stressed that terrorism must be dealt with firmly and the sources of its funding should be dried up. He emphasized that there won’t be no peace and stability in the region as long as Iran continues its intervention in the region through inciting sectarian strife and supporting the Houthi militias besides harboring Al-Qaeda leaders. Iran and terrorism are two sides of the same coin in the region, he said while stressing that Houthi militias bear full responsibility for the crisis in Yemen.

Addressing the meeting, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary general of the Arab League, said that the serious crises in the region facilitated foreign interference. He noted that the victory over ISIS must be consolidated by calling for the reconstruction of the affected areas. Gheit condemned Iranian interference in Bahrain and other Arab countries. There is an Arab consensus on the unity of Syrian territory, he said while pointing out that a political solution is the best way to resolve the crisis and also stressed the need to maintain the Geneva process to achieve a political solution to the crisis

Source: International Islamic News Agency