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US Department of State: President Erdogan’s Meeting with Hamas Leadership
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US Department of State: President Erdogan’s Meeting with Hamas Leadership

Washington, DC (STL.News) Press Statement By Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson: The United States strongly objects to Turkish President Erdogan hosting two Hamas leaders in Istanbul on August 22.  Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S and EU and both officials hosted by President Erdogan are Specially Designated Global Terrorists.  The U.S. Rewards for Justice Program is seeking information about one of the individuals for his involvement in multiple terrorist attacks, hijackings, and kidnappings. President Erdogan’s continued outreach to this terrorist organization only serves to isolate Turkey from the international community, harms the interests of the Palestinian people, and undercuts global efforts to prevent terrorist attacks launched from Gaza.  We conti...
United States Continues To Call for Justice and Accountability in Burma
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United States Continues To Call for Justice and Accountability in Burma

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Press Statement By Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson: Three years after Burma’s security forces launched brutal attacks against hundreds of thousands of Rohingya men, women, and children, the United States reiterates its call for justice for victims and accountability for those responsible. In addition, in the face of escalating fighting in Rakhine State, we urge a cessation of violence, dialogue, renewed efforts to protect local communities, and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance.  The United States remains concerned over the killing of members of local communities and displacement of thousands, which undermines prospects for the voluntary return of refugees and internally displaced persons and erodes prospects for peace. We urge authorities i...
US Department of State: Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Israel, Sudan, Bahrain, & UAE
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US Department of State: Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Israel, Sudan, Bahrain, & UAE

Washington, DC (STL.News) Press Statement By Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Israel, Sudan, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates August 23-28.  He will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss regional security issues related to Iran’s malicious influence, establishing and deepening Israel’s relationships in the region, as well as cooperation in protecting the U.S. and Israeli economies from malign investors.  In Sudan, the Secretary will meet with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Sovereign Council Chair General Abdel Fattah el-Burhan to discuss continued U.S. support for the civilian-led transitional government and express support for deepening the Sudan-Israel relationship.  The Secretary will then...
US Department of State: Anniversary of Assad’s Brutal Chemical Weapons Attack on Ghouta
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US Department of State: Anniversary of Assad’s Brutal Chemical Weapons Attack on Ghouta

Washington, DC (STL.News) Press Statement By Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson: Today marks a somber anniversary in the history of the Syrian conflict.  In the early morning hours of August 21, 2013, in the Damascus suburbs of Ghouta, the Assad regime killed more than 1,400 Syrians, many of them children, with the chemical agent sarin. The United States estimates – conservatively – that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons on its own people at least 50 times since the conflict began.  On this day we remember and honor all of the victims of Assad’s chemical weapons attacks. The United States remains determined to drive chemical weapons use to zero and hold the Assad regime accountable for the Ghouta attacks and the many other heinous acts it has perpetrated against the Syrian...
US Department of State: Suspension or Termination of 3 Bilateral Agreements With Hong Kong
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US Department of State: Suspension or Termination of 3 Bilateral Agreements With Hong Kong

Washington, DC (STL.News) Press Statement By Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson: The Chinese Communist Party has taken drastic steps to erode the high degree of autonomy that Beijing itself promised to the United Kingdom and the people of Hong Kong for 50 years under the UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration.  President Trump has made clear that the United States will, therefore, treat Hong Kong as “one country, one system” and take action against individuals who have crushed the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. The President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization (E.O. 13936) set forth a number of responses to Beijing’s actions, including suspending and eliminating preferential treatment for Hong Kong. As part of the ongoing implementation measures, we notified th...
US Department of State: Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Nations
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US Department of State: Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Nations

Washington, DC (STL.News) Press Statement By Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson: Secretary Pompeo will travel to New York City on August 20-21 to notify the United Nations Security Council that the United States will initiate the process to restore UN sanctions on Iran.  Thirty days after Secretary Pompeo’s notification, a range of UN sanctions will be restored, including the requirement that Iran suspend all enrichment-related activities.  This will also extend the 13-year arms embargo on Iran. Secretary Pompeo’s notification to the Council follows its inexcusable failure last week to extend the arms embargo on the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism.  Secretary Pompeo will also meet with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to discuss Iran and...
US Department of State: Assassinations in Iraq
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US Department of State: Assassinations in Iraq

Washington, DC (STL.News) Press Statement By Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson: We are outraged by the targeted assassinations of civil society activists and attacks on protesters in Basrah and Baghdad.  It is unconscionable that the perpetrators of these horrible acts continue to act with impunity.  Since October of last year, peaceful demonstrators have taken to the streets to urge government reform.  They have been met with threats and brutal violence.  Many have been gunned down. We strongly support the right of Iraqis to assemble peacefully and express themselves.  We urge the Government of Iraq to take immediate steps to hold accountable the militias, thugs, and criminal gangs attacking Iraqis exercising their right to peaceful protest. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
US Department of State: 40 Years of South African Development Community
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US Department of State: 40 Years of South African Development Community

Washington, DC (STL.News) Morgan Ortagus the, Spokesperson of The US Department of State released the following statement: ? The United States Government congratulates the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. SADC’s goals of promoting regional cooperation and integration, economic growth, socio-economic development, and durable peace and security among its member states have never been more salient. SADC has achieved notable successes promoting regional peace and security and economic development for the betterment of the SADC region’s most important resource — its people.  SADC’s enduring support helped Lesotho negotiate vital government reforms and undertake a peaceful transition of political power.  It continues to promote regional peace...
US Department of State: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Austrian President Van der Bellen
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US Department of State: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Austrian President Van der Bellen

Washington, DC (STL.News) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna, Austria.  Secretary Pompeo and President Van der Bellen discussed the strong ties between the United States and Austria, noting the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.  They spoke of the importance of multilateral cooperation particularly in fostering economic recovery after the pandemic, including? increase?d trade and investment ties with Austria. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
US Department of State: Joint Declaration of Support for Democratic Change in Venezuela
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US Department of State: Joint Declaration of Support for Democratic Change in Venezuela

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The text of the following declaration was released by several members of the Lima Group, the International Contact Group, the European Union, the United States, and others. Begin text: We, a group of concerned countries including members of the Lima Group, the International Contact Group, the European Union, the United States, and others, call upon all Venezuelans, of all ideological tendencies and party affiliations, whether civilian or military, to put the interests of Venezuela above politics and engage urgently in support of a process shaped and driven by Venezuelans to establish an inclusive transitional government that will lead the country into free and fair presidential elections, sooner not l...
Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With IAEA Director General Grossi
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With IAEA Director General Grossi

Washington, DC (STL.News) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: ? Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi in Vienna, Austria.  Secretary Pompeo and Director General Grossi emphasized the importance of the IAEA’s activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including its work in providing diagnostic kits to IAEA Member States and maintaining the IAEA’s global safeguards inspections regime.  The Secretary and the Director General also discussed the need for Iran to respond to the IAEA’s requests for information and access to resolve questions about Iran’s nuclear activities. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
U.S. & Concerned Nations Stand Together for Democratic Change in Venezuela
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U.S. & Concerned Nations Stand Together for Democratic Change in Venezuela

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of the US Department of State released the following statement: Today the United States joins democracies around the world to reiterate our support for Venezuela’s democratic forces as they defend the rights of the Venezuelan people.  The joint declaration calls for a transitional government that will hold free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections. Amidst flagrant human rights abuses and violent coercive tactics, the illegitimate Maduro regime is attempting systematically to destroy Venezuela’s ability to conduct free elections.  International standards for free and fair elections are not even close to being met. This joint declaration demonstrates we are not alone in our resolve to strengthen support for a transitiona...
US Department of State: Indonesia National Day
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US Department of State: Indonesia National Day

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of the US Department of State released the following statement: On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Indonesian people as you celebrate your 75th year of independence on August 17. The 75th anniversary is a momentous occasion and a time to recognize the immense strides the Indonesian people have made to emerge as one of the world’s largest democracies and a G20 country.  It is also a moment to reflect on the long friendship between our nations.  The strategic partnership the United States and Indonesia have forged remains more important than ever, even as both countries face the unprecedented challenge of the global pandemic.  We will continue to strengthen the bon...
Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Greek Foreign Minister Dendias
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Greek Foreign Minister Dendias

Washington, DC (STL.News) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Vienna, Austria.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Dendias discussed the strong U.S.-Greece bilateral relationship and the urgent need to reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
US Department of State: On U.S. Seizure of Iranian Gasoline Intended for Maduro Regime
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US Department of State: On U.S. Seizure of Iranian Gasoline Intended for Maduro Regime

Washington, DC (STL.News) Morgan Ortagusthe, Spokesperson of The US Department of State released the following statement: ? Today, the Department of Justice announced the successful seizure of over one million barrels of Iranian gasoline intended for the illegitimate Maduro regime in Venezuela.  The proceeds from these shipments would have allegedly benefitted Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. Our diplomacy, led by Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, was able to both halt these shipments and assist the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security in executing a U.S. seizure order for the gasoline cargo issued on July 2, 2020.  We note that the proceeds from the Iranian gasoline, if successfully forfeited in U.S. courts, ...
US Department of State: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Czech President Zeman
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US Department of State: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Czech President Zeman

Washington, DC (STL.News) The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Czech President Milos Zeman in Prague, Czech Republic.  Secretary Pompeo and President Zeman discussed the strong U.S.- Czech bilateral relationship as NATO Allies in the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq, and our common interest in strengthening nuclear energy cooperation and combatting malign influence from Russia and Communist China. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
US Department of State: The Conviction of Eight Members of the Hien Phap Group in Vietnam
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US Department of State: The Conviction of Eight Members of the Hien Phap Group in Vietnam

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Press Statement By Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson The U.S. government is deeply concerned about the Vietnam’s conviction and sentencing of eight members of the Hien Phap civil society organization in Vietnam to more than 40 years in prison. Although we have seen the Government of Vietnam take some positive steps on human rights in certain areas in Vietnam over the past few years, we are troubled about the growing trend of arrests of and harsh sentences for peaceful activists since early 2016.  The United States calls on Vietnam to release all those who have been unjustly detained and to allow all individuals in Vietnam to express their views freely, without fear of retaliation. Free and open societies around the world are strengthened when individuals...
US Department of State: Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the Dominican Republic
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US Department of State: Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the Dominican Republic

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Press Statement By Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 16 to head the U.S. delegation to the presidential inauguration of Luis Abinader.  The Dominican Republic is a key partner and ally in the Caribbean, and Secretary Pompeo’s visit reaffirms our strong ties.  While in Santo Domingo, the Secretary will meet with President Abinader to discuss opportunities to strengthen our partnership and focus on promoting transparency, democracy, and security in the region.  Together, we will overcome challenges from the pandemic and revitalize our economies. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE