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US Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

WASHINGTON – Jan. 12, 2019 – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the following statement: The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke on the phone today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.  They agreed on the importance of continuing U.S.-Turkish consultations as part of the deliberate and … Continue reading US Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Visit to the Gulf: Advancing Partnerships, Support for the Iran Pressure Campaign, and new Solutions to Regional Challenges

ADVANCING STRONG PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN AMERICA AND THE GULF United States – The United States is committed to its partnerships with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. These Gulf partnerships are critical to achieving shared regional objectives: defeating ISIS, countering radical Islamic terrorism, protecting global energy supplies, and rolling back Iranian … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Visit to the Gulf: Advancing Partnerships, Support for the Iran Pressure Campaign, and new Solutions to Regional Challenges

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With President of Iraq Barham Salih

United States – The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Iraqi President Barham Salih. The Secretary and President Salih discussed U.S. support in helping to address Iraq’s political, economic, and security challenges and commended President Salih’s recent diplomatic efforts. Secretary Pompeo also emphasized the U.S. commitment … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With President of Iraq Barham Salih

United States | Ambassador James Jeffrey Assumes Role of Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

United States – Ambassador James Jeffrey, the current Special Representative for Syria Engagement, will take on the additional role of the Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, effective January 4, 2019. With this additional responsibility, Ambassador Jeffrey will lead and coordinate U.S. Department of State relations with the Global Coalition to defeat … Continue reading United States | Ambassador James Jeffrey Assumes Role of Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

United States | Remarks at the Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial

United States – DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you very much. Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Nathan, for that kind introduction. It’s my pleasure to welcome you all – esteemed ministers, colleagues, and guests – to this important discussion on counterterrorism in the Western Hemisphere. I’d like to begin, as Nathan said, to thank all of … Continue reading United States | Remarks at the Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial

United States | Religious Freedom Designations

United States – On November 28, 2018, I designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, as Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 for having engaged in or tolerated ”systematic, ongoing, [and] egregious violations of religious freedom.” I also placed Comoros, Russia, and … Continue reading United States | Religious Freedom Designations

New York News: Long Island Woman, Zoobia Shahnaz Pleads Guilty to Providing Material Support to ISIS

Defendant Converted Proceeds from Bank Fraud to Bitcoin for ISIS Central Islip, N.Y. – Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Zoobia Shahnaz pleaded guilty to providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (“ISIS”), which has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of State as a … Continue reading New York News: Long Island Woman, Zoobia Shahnaz Pleads Guilty to Providing Material Support to ISIS

United States | State Department Terrorist Designation of Hajji ‘Abd al-Nasir

United States – The Department of State has designated Hajji ‘Abd al-Nasir as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism. Today’s designation seeks to deny al-Nasir the resources to plan … Continue reading United States | State Department Terrorist Designation of Hajji ‘Abd al-Nasir