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United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With YALI/IVLP/CCI Alumni in South Africa

United States (STL.News) – The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: On March 14, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with young South Africans who have participated in U.S.-funded professional and academic exchange programs including the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the International Visitors Leadership Program, and the Community College Initiative program. Deputy … Continue reading United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With YALI/IVLP/CCI Alumni in South Africa

United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

United States (STL.News)- Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will hold an on-camera, on-the-record briefing TODAY, Friday, March 15, at 1:00 p.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. This event is open press coverage. Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued … Continue reading United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City

United States (STL.News) – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City March 19-23. In Beirut, the Secretary will meet with Lebanese leaders to discuss the political, security, economic, and humanitarian challenges facing Lebanon. The Secretary’s visit will underscore U.S. support for the Lebanese people and Lebanon’s legitimate state … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City

United States | Joint Statement on the Eighth Anniversary of the Syrian Conflict

United States (STL.News) – Eight years ago today, tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets to claim the right to express themselves freely, call for reform, and demand justice. The Assad regime’s brutal response, and role in the conflict that followed, resulted in the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. We recognize … Continue reading United States | Joint Statement on the Eighth Anniversary of the Syrian Conflict

United States | Temporary Departure of U.S. Diplomatic Personnel From Venezuela

United States – Today, all U.S. diplomats remaining in Venezuela departed the country. I know it is a difficult moment for them. They are fully dedicated to our mission of supporting the Venezuelan people’s aspirations to live in a democracy and build a better future for their families. U.S. diplomats will now continue that mission … Continue reading United States | Temporary Departure of U.S. Diplomatic Personnel From Venezuela

United States | Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Suzanne Lawrence On Release of the FY 2018 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption

United States – MR GREENAN: Thank you, and good morning everyone. Welcome to today’s on-the-record call. We’re pleased to have with us Suzanne Lawrence. She’s the Department’s Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, and she’s here to discuss the release of the Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption. She’s going to have some brief … Continue reading United States | Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Suzanne Lawrence On Release of the FY 2018 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption

United States | Additional Funding for the Syrian Civil Defense and UN International Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM)

United States – At the direction of the President, subject to congressional approval, the United States intends to provide $5 million for the continuation of the vital, life-saving operations of the White Helmets in Syria and in support of the UN’s International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) which is charged with assisting the investigation and … Continue reading United States | Additional Funding for the Syrian Civil Defense and UN International Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM)

United States | U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syria Crisis

United States – Today at the Third Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” the United States announced more than $397 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria as part of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan for 2019-2020. This brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to the … Continue reading United States | U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syria Crisis

United States | Briefing With Ambassador Michael Kozak on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

United States – AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Good morning. I thought I might say a few words about how the report is prepared just so that we have that background, and then I’d be happy to take questions. As the Secretary mentioned, the report has been a legislative requirement on the Executive Branch going back to the … Continue reading United States | Briefing With Ambassador Michael Kozak on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

United States | Fifteenth Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Coordinating Committee Meeting, Malaga, Spain

United States – The Fifteenth Coordinating Committee Meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), co-chaired by Morocco and the Netherlands, took place today in Malaga, Spain. Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales represented the United States and briefed GCTF members on the activities of the Foreign Terrorist Fighter (FTF) Working Group, urged countries to … Continue reading United States | Fifteenth Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Coordinating Committee Meeting, Malaga, Spain

United States | Joint Statement on U.S.-India Strategic Security Dialogue

United States – The 9th round of the U.S.-India Strategic Security Dialogue was held in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2019. The Indian delegation was led by Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary, while the U.S. delegation was led by Andrea Thompson, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. The two sides exchanged views … Continue reading United States | Joint Statement on U.S.-India Strategic Security Dialogue

United States | Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison Travel to Vienna, Austria for the 62nd UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs and Pristina, Kosovo

United States – Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Kirsten D. Madison will lead the U.S. delegation to the High-Level Segment of the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), March 14-15, in Vienna, Austria. At the CND, the United States will seek increased national action to … Continue reading United States | Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison Travel to Vienna, Austria for the 62nd UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs and Pristina, Kosovo

United States | Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson Travels to South Dakota

United States – Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson will travel to South Dakota March 14-18, 2019. Under Secretary Thompson will give a keynote address at the University of South Dakota Distinguished Speakers Series in Sioux Falls. Additionally, she will give a speech on cyber diplomacy at Dakota … Continue reading United States | Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson Travels to South Dakota

United States | Special Representative Biegun Travel to New York City

United States – Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to New York City on March 14 for meetings with the United Nations Security Council and key Permanent Representatives. Special Representative Biegun will discuss the recent U.S.-DPRK Summit in Hanoi and efforts to ensure full implementation of relevant DPRK-related UN Security Council resolutions … Continue reading United States | Special Representative Biegun Travel to New York City

United States | U.S.-Hosted Event on Protecting Fundamental Freedoms in Xinjiang, China

United States – On March 13, the United States co-hosted an event with Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to raise awareness regarding ongoing and egregious human rights abuses in Xinjiang, where more than one million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other members of Muslim minority … Continue reading United States | U.S.-Hosted Event on Protecting Fundamental Freedoms in Xinjiang, China

United States | U.S.-EU Joint Committee Meeting Strengthens Transatlantic Civil Aviation Ties

United States – On March 8, delegations representing the United States, the European Union and its Member States, Norway, and Iceland, convened in Washington, DC for the 22nd meeting of the Joint Committee established under the U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement of 2007, as amended. The delegations initialed an agreement to remove longstanding unfair time constraints … Continue reading United States | U.S.-EU Joint Committee Meeting Strengthens Transatlantic Civil Aviation Ties

United States | Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

United States – SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Since America’s founding, the concept of individual rights has been woven into the national fabric. As my friend and scholar Mary Ann Glendon has written, it has given weak members of our society, quote, “an instrument to amplify their voices” and also allows us to, quote, “train … Continue reading United States | Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

United States | Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary W. Patrick Murphy Travels to Thailand, Indonesia, and Hawaii

United States – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for East Asian and Pacific Affairs W. Patrick Murphy travels to Thailand, Indonesia, and Hawaii March 18-22. PDAS Murphy will visit Bangkok, Thailand March 18-19 to meet with Royal Thai government interlocutors and other stakeholders to discuss Thailand’s 2019 ASEAN Chairmanship and the U.S.-Thailand alliance. He will … Continue reading United States | Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary W. Patrick Murphy Travels to Thailand, Indonesia, and Hawaii

United States | On the Commemoration of the Anniversary of Pope Francis’s Election

United States – On behalf of the United States Government, I wish to congratulate His Holiness Pope Francis on the sixth anniversary of his election to the papacy. I appreciate his steadfast leadership in promoting peace and advancing religious freedom and human rights around the world. While the U.S.-Vatican friendship dates back to the founding … Continue reading United States | On the Commemoration of the Anniversary of Pope Francis’s Election

United States | Mauritius National Day

United States – On behalf of the Government of the United States, I congratulate all citizens of Mauritius on the 51st anniversary of your country’s independence on March 12. The United States is committed to our cooperation that advances trade and investment and celebrates our long partnership in the region. We have worked with you … Continue reading United States | Mauritius National Day

United States | Remarks to the Press

United States – SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for being here. I want to make some brief remarks about the situation, an update on the situation in Venezuela, an update on U.S. activity related to Venezuela. Over the past few days, Venezuelans have been thrown literally into darkness thanks to a massive electrical blackout. … Continue reading United States | Remarks to the Press

United States | Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey Travels to Belgium

United States – The Secretary’s Special Representative for Syria Engagement, Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, will travel to Brussels, Belgium, to attend the Third Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” co-hosted by the European Union and United Nations March 12-14. The Department’s participation in this conference underscores that, as the largest … Continue reading United States | Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey Travels to Belgium

United States | Briefing With Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, USAID Administrator Mark Green, and Experts on the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID

United States – MR PALLADINO: Thanks. Thank you all for coming today, for joining us for the rollout of the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request for both the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Happy to at the top turn this over to the Deputy Secretary of State, John J. Sullivan, … Continue reading United States | Briefing With Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, USAID Administrator Mark Green, and Experts on the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID

United States | State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development FY 2020 Budget Request

United States – The President’s FY 2020 budget request proposes $40 billion for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The FY 2020 budget request provides the necessary resources to protect United States citizens, increase American prosperity by utilizing foreign assistance to create the conditions that will expand opportunities for U.S. businesses, … Continue reading United States | State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development FY 2020 Budget Request

United States | The United States Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela by Targeting Russia-Based Bank

United States – Today, the United States sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russia and Venezuela. With this action, we are targeting a financial institution involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that prolong Maduro’s usurpation of democracy. As Maduro’s isolation grows, so do his desperate attempts to expand his corrupt network. Maduro’s enablers, … Continue reading United States | The United States Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela by Targeting Russia-Based Bank

United States | State Department Updates the Cuba Restricted List

United States – The State Department has made several updates to the Cuba Restricted List, including adding five sub-entities owned by the Cuban military and one explanatory footnote. The Department also simplified some entries by removing references to parent companies. The changes take effect Tuesday, March 12, 2019. The Cuba Restricted List contains entities and … Continue reading United States | State Department Updates the Cuba Restricted List

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Indian Foreign Secretary Gokhale

United States – The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. Secretary Pompeo affirmed that the United States stands with the people and government of India in the fight against terrorism. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Secretary Gokhale discussed the importance of bringing … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Indian Foreign Secretary Gokhale

United States | Department of State and USAID FY 2020 Budget Request

United States – Today, President Trump requested $40 billion for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) budget. This request upholds the President’s commitment to protect our country and put American interests first. This budget focuses resources on protecting U.S. citizens, increasing American prosperity, and supporting our … Continue reading United States | Department of State and USAID FY 2020 Budget Request

United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to South Africa and Angola

United States – Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to South Africa and Angola from March 12 to 18, 2019. His visit will focus on promoting U.S. trade and investment, as well as advancing peace and security, including with respect to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Throughout the trip, the Deputy Secretary … Continue reading United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to South Africa and Angola

United States | Secretary Pompeo To Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

United States – U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver remarks to the media TODAY Monday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. This event is open press coverage. Journalists who plan to cover this event in person must be seated in the Press Briefing … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo To Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room