How to keep pork diplomacy alive in the US – RTE
The US State Department’s efforts to push for an extension of US pork diplomacy to the rest of the world have been thwarted by the US Congress.
Speaking in New York last week, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that she had not been given any advice from her US counterpart on the extension of the pork policy.
She said she had been given no specific guidance about when that would be, but added that the US was continuing to work on “extending the policy”.
“We are still working on that and we will be extending that, and I am hopeful that it will happen by the end of the year,” she said.
“The extension of that policy is a big issue that I think is getting more attention from the US.
That is not something that the secretary of state has had any advice about.””
The extension will not happen until the end.
That is not something that the secretary of state has had any advice about.”
Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, was one of the first senators to call on the State Department to make a decision on the US extension of pork diplomacy, and he urged the State Departments top officials to “explore the issue with the foreign ministers of the other signatory countries”.
The extension would allow for a “full range of activities to take place to support our global partnerships, including by working with partners to develop a new strategic partnership”, he said.
Kaine also said that the extension would “help our allies, as well as America, protect our values and interests and advance our interests”.US pork diplomacy is not a new one, but has received more attention recently, particularly in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.
Senator Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat who is the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations subcommittee, said that it was a “critical” issue for the US to continue its policy of supporting the global climate change agreement.
“We need to support that, we need to continue to be a part of it,” she told Al Jazeera.
Harf’s comments come amid growing tensions in the relationship between the US and China, after the two nations’ governments agreed to a new framework for a new round of talks to try to tackle the climate crisis.”
So the extension is something that’s really important to the United Nations, and we’re hoping that the administration of President Trump, who has been a champion of the United Nation’s Kyoto Protocol, will continue to do that.”
Harf’s comments come amid growing tensions in the relationship between the US and China, after the two nations’ governments agreed to a new framework for a new round of talks to try to tackle the climate crisis.
In February, China’s foreign ministry said it had “no objection” to the extension, and that it had been in talks with the US since 2016 about extending the US pork policy “to the whole world”.US Secretary of State John Kerry met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Chinese Ambassador Wang Xiaochun in Washington on Monday.
“They have asked us to extend the policy,” Kerry told reporters after the meeting.
“There is no objection to it.”
However, the White House has said the extension should be limited to US interests and “not to support any other countries in their efforts to combat climate change”.
In a recent press conference with the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Kerry said that there was “no indication that any other country has any interest whatsoever in pursuing the extension”.
“There are certain countries that are not going to be happy with that extension,” he said, without elaborating.US Secretary John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Xiaochen, left, attend a meeting with US President Donald Trumps national security adviser Lt Gen Keith Kellogg at the White Senate on April 25, 2020 in Washington, DC.US pork policyThe extension has been put to a vote by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, but it has not been confirmed by the full House.
The panel is chaired by Representative Robert Latta, Republican of California, and has a large Republican contingent.
“In my opinion, the foreign policy of the president has been and should remain unchanged, with respect to the US’s support of international climate negotiations and the Paris climate accord,” Latta said in a statement on Monday, when asked about the extension.
“Given that the president will not be able to participate in this year’s international climate talks due to the fact that he has been detained by the Trump administration, I believe it is appropriate that we hold a vote on the continuation of US support of these negotiations, and not on the President’s detention.”
A spokesman for the panel, which is chaired and chaired by Latta and Representative Mike Pompeo, Republican-Kansas, did not immediately respond to Al Jazeera’s request for comment.
Meanwhile, US Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland, has said that he intends to introduce a bill to extend pork policy in the Senate.
Cardin told the Associated Press news agency on Monday that he is considering legislation to extend US pork aid in the form of military assistance and food assistance.
“If I can pass a bill and