Briefing Skipper: Shah to Haiti, China-Google, Ma to San Fran, Cannon misses his flight
In which we scour the transcript of the State Department’s daily presser so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights of Friday’s briefing by State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley: USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to Haiti tomorrow with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. He’ll meet with Haitian officials and attend the funeral of the ...
In which we scour the transcript of the State Department’s daily presser so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights of Friday’s briefing by State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley:
- USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to Haiti tomorrow with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. He’ll meet with Haitian officials and attend the funeral of the archbishop of Port-au-Prince Joseph Serge Miot before coming back to Washington tomorrow night. "Dr. Shah will be getting his second, you know, firsthand look at the U.S. operations there," Crowley said.
- United States Ambassador Ken Merten and the special representative of the United Nations secretary-general in Haiti, Edmond Mulet, signed a statement of principles on field coordination between the United States and Haiti Friday.
- As of Friday morning, about 9,300 Americans had been evacuated from Haiti. There are 46 confirmed American deaths and 24 unconfirmed American deaths. Between 4,000 and 5,000 Americans, including 4 U.S. government officials are still missing. "There will be a point at which the government of Haiti will signal that it is appropriate to move to the recovery phase of the operation, and we will follow their lead," said Crowley.
- The State Department has "noted" the harsh Chinese reaction to Clinton’s new policy of enforcing internet freedom in the wake of the Google attacks. State has not issued a formal demarche, despite that they said they might. Will this hurt U.S.-China relations? "The impact will depend on the (Chinese) response," Crowley said. Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell met with the Chinese ambassador about the issue Thursday night, but not over dinner.
- Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou will transit through the San Francisco en route to Central America next week and through Los Angeles when returning from Central America at the end of next week. AIT Director Raymond F. Burghardt, will meet him in both places. "We approved President Ma’s request based on long- standing practice," Crowley explained. "San Francisco is not exactly a direct line between Taiwan and Central America," noted a sharp reporter.
- Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon couldn’t meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday because his flight was cancelled (he flies commercial?), so they chatted on the phone. No worries, Clinton will see him in Montreal Monday when she goes there to prep for the Haiti donors conference.
- Special Envoy George Mitchell met today with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah and will meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad tomorrow. "He may have additional meetings in the region before coming back to the United States," Crowley said.
- Clinton and Moldvan Prime Minister Vladimir Filat signed a five-year economic development agreement between Moldova and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
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