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(Iran/Strait of Hormuz) Iran opens oil terminal to bypass strategic Strait of Hormuz (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Outgoing President Hassan Rouhani has said Iran opened its first oil terminal in the Gulf of Oman, a move that will allow it to avoid using the Strait of Hormuz shipping route that has been a focus of regional tension for decades. “This is a strategic move and an important step for Iran. It will secure the continuation of our oil exports,” Rouhani said in a televised speech on Thursday.

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(USA/Haiti) Announcement of Daniel Foote as Special Envoy for Haiti (US Department of State)

The Department of State is pleased to announce that Ambassador Daniel Foote, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, will serve as its Special Envoy for Haiti. The Special Envoy will engage with Haitian and international partners to facilitate long-term peace and stability and support efforts to hold free and fair presidential and legislative elections. He will also work with partners to coordinate assistance efforts in several areas, including humanitarian, security, and investigative assistance. Additionally, the Special Envoy will engage stakeholders in civil society and the private sector as we pursue Haitian-led solutions to the many pressing challenges facing Haiti.

The Special Envoy will, along with the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, lead U.S. diplomatic efforts and coordinate the effort of U.S. federal agencies in Haiti from Washington, advise the Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and coordinate closely with the National Security Council staff on the administration’s efforts to support the Haitian people and Haiti’s democratic institutions in the aftermath of the tragic assassination of Jovenel Moïse.

Special Envoy Foote brings extensive diplomatic experience to this role – including as Deputy Chief of Mission in Haiti and as the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia. The Department congratulates Special Envoy Foote as he takes on his new role and thanks him for his continued service to his country.

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(USA/South Korea) Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung (US Department of State)

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong in Seoul today.  Deputy Secretary Sherman and Foreign Minister Chung emphasized the importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance in achieving our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, anchored by transparency, respect for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.  Deputy Secretary Sherman and Foreign Minister Chung discussed their commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The Deputy Secretary expressed U.S. support for efforts to improve inter-Korean relations. The Deputy Secretary and the Foreign Minister also reaffirmed that diplomacy and dialogue are essential to achieving complete denuclearization of and establishing permanent peace on the Korean peninsula. They highlighted the importance of U.S.-ROK-Japan cooperation in addressing the global threats posed by COVID-19 and the climate crisis, and in resisting challenges to the free and open rules-based international order. They discussed efforts to support the people of Burma in promoting a return to democracy.

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(USA/South Korea) Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Minister of Unification Lee and Republic of Korea Vice Minister of Unification Choi (US Department of State)

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Republic of Korea Minister of Unification Lee In-young and Republic of Korea Vice Minister of Unification Choi Young-joon in Seoul today.  Deputy Secretary Sherman, Minister Lee, and Vice Minister Choi emphasized their shared commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.  The Deputy Secretary also expressed U.S. support for inter-Korean dialogue and engagement.  Deputy Secretary Sherman, Minister Lee, and Vice Minister Choi reaffirmed that diplomacy and dialogue are essential to achieving complete denuclearization and to establishing permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.