Washington, DC - Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson: "On behalf of the Government of the United States, we congratulate the people of Costa Rica on the 196th anniversary of your independence September 15.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson: "On behalf of the Government of the United States, we offer our best wishes to you and the people of Papua New Guinea as you celebrate your nation’s 42nd Independence Day on September 16.

Washington, DC - The United States and the American people congratulate Madam Halimah Yacob on becoming the eighth President of the Republic of Singapore.

Washington, DC - Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Acting CEO Jonathan Nash will welcome Nepali Minister of Finance Gyanendra Bahadur Karki in the Treaty Room of the U.S. Department of State for the signing of a new $500 million MCC compact with Nepal on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 12:30 p.m.

Washington, DC - The Security and Defense Working Group of the U.S.–Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission met on September 8, 2017, in Washington, DC. The Working Group noted the historic events leading up to this meeting that have enhanced Georgia’s ability to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The 2017 NATO-Georgia Commission meeting in Brussels on February 16, chaired by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, emphasized NATO’s strong commitment to Georgia’s security and territorial integrity, and helped Georgia improve its defense capabilities as it advances on its path toward NATO membership.

Washington, DC - Secretary Tillerson spoke by telephone last night with Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray. The Secretary offered his condolences for the loss of life and the devastation caused by the earthquake in Mexico and from Hurricane Katia.