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US Department of State: Marking The Birth Of Our Great Nation
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US Department of State: Marking The Birth Of Our Great Nation

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: In 1776 on this day, our founding fathers created, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, “a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”  For the first time in human history, a nation was brought into being recognizing, as our Declaration of Independence affirms, that all persons “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This idea – that every human being enjoys unalienable rights, and that it is government’s duty to protect such rights – was at once a revolutionary political notion and a restatement of the ancient and beautiful teaching that every human life is precious be...
United States Calls on LNA to Observe Cessation of of Hostilities in Libya
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United States Calls on LNA to Observe Cessation of of Hostilities in Libya

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The United States joins the UN Support Mission in Libya in welcoming the decision of Libyan Prime Minister al-Sarraj to endorse an immediate humanitarian cessation of hostilities to allow local authorities to come together in response to the unprecedented public health challenge posed by COVID-19.  Libyan leaders must urgently prioritize the health of the Libyan people; it is the only responsible thing to do.  Now is the time for all actors, including LNA Commander Haftar, to suspend military operations, reject toxic foreign interference, and enable health authorities to fight this global pandemic.  The United States has consistently opposed all military escalation and the ongoing transfer of foreign mi...
State Department Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu
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State Department Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss President Trump’s recent decision to take defensive action in response to imminent threats to American lives.  Secretary Pompeo reiterated the importance of countering the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activities in the region and underscored the Trump Administration’s resolve in protecting American interests, personnel, facilities and partners.
US Department of State on the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva
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US Department of State on the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The United States continues to support the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, in their efforts to facilitate the work of the Syria Constitutional Committee.  This past week, the drafting committees had the second round of meetings which were meant to move the process forward of drafting a constitution that reflects the will of the entirety of the Syrian people. The Assad regime delegation came to the second round requesting preconditions before they were willing to meet to discuss these constitutional principles.  The requested preconditions from the Assad regime clearly violate the constitutional committee’s rules of procedure, and are a blatant ...
US Department of State News: Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s National Day
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US Department of State News: Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s National Day

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to President Bounnhang Vorachit and the people of Laos as you commemorate your National Day on December 2. This has been another notable year in our bilateral relationship that has seen our Comprehensive Partnership become stronger.  This year, our forward-looking relationship has established closer political, economic, and people to people ties. Laos has played an important role in ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific region as a partner that promotes peace, security, and prosperity for the entire region. The United States congratulates you on Laos’ National Day and conveys our best wishes to the people of Laos.
US Delegation to the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
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US Delegation to the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

(STL.News) The 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Madrid, Spain, December 2-13.  Ambassador Marcia Bernicat, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), will serve as the U.S. head of delegation.  The delegation will also include other officials from the Department of State, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Treasury, the Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. On November 4, 2019, the United States deposited with the United Nations its notification of withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.  Per the terms of the ...
US Department of State News: On Argentina’s Presidential Elections
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US Department of State News: On Argentina’s Presidential Elections

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: We congratulate the people of Argentina on holding successful presidential elections on October 27 and stand ready to work with Alberto Fernandez as the new President of Argentina to address the interests our countries share. The United States and Argentina enjoy a long-standing and mutually respectful partnership, which has benefited both nations and is testimony to our many shared democratic values and priorities. We look forward to working with the Fernandez administration to promote regional security, prosperity, and rule-of-law.
State Department: Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’s Small Group
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State Department: Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’s Small Group

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo looks forward to hosting the Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS for an extraordinary meeting on November 14 in Washington, D.C. to review next steps in the joint campaign to achieve the enduring defeat of ISIS.  The D-ISIS Coalition remains vitally important to our efforts and our commitment, as a Coalition, to this effort remains unwavering. Ministers will meet for strategy discussions on the continued fight against ISIS in the post-liberation era and following the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with a particular focus on recent developments in northeast Syria and their relationship to stability and security of the region. The United Sta...
US Department of State News: Condemning Afghanistan Mosque Attack
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US Department of State News: Condemning Afghanistan Mosque Attack

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: Yesterday’s attack on worshippers at a mosque in Nangarhar, Afghanistan reveals the cowardice and cruelty of those who disregard human life and perpetuate violence against innocents.  Places of worship should be sanctuaries, not targets for deadly attacks.  Afghans, and people around the world, have the right to live and worship together in safety.  We condemn in the strongest terms this intentional attack on civilians, and offer our condolences to the victims and their families. The United States remains committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan, and will continue to fight against terrorism.  We stand by the people of Afghanistan who only want peace and a future free from these abhorrent acts of...
State Department Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Ankara, Jerusalem, and Brussels
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State Department Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Ankara, Jerusalem, and Brussels

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Ankara, Jerusalem, and Brussels from October 16-19 to meet with key leaders and discuss long-standing alliances. On October 17, Secretary Pompeo will participate in a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey to discuss the situation in northeast Syria. The Secretary will then travel to Jerusalem on October 18 where he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss developments in Syria and the continued need to counter the Iranian regime’s destabilizing behavior in the region. Later that day, the Secretary will travel to Brussels, Belgium, where he will meet with NATO Secretary General J...
US Department of State: Aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis
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US Department of State: Aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: On behalf of the American people, we express to our friend and ally Japan our deepest condolences for the loss of life and damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis.  We stand by the people of Japan during this difficult time and offer our sincere hopes for Japan’s quick recovery from this disaster.
US Department of State News: Equatorial Guinea National Day
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US Department of State News: Equatorial Guinea National Day

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I send congratulations to the people of Equatorial Guinea on the 51st anniversary of your independence. The United States looks forward to continued cooperation on strengthening good governance and security for the benefit of all Equatoguinean people and expanding economic ties. May the people of Equatorial Guinea enjoy peace, prosperity, and stability in the years to come. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
US Department of State News: Under Secretary Hale’s Travel to the UAE, Saudi Arabia
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US Department of State News: Under Secretary Hale’s Travel to the UAE, Saudi Arabia

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David P. Hale will travel to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia October 12-18. During his trip, the Under Secretary will meet with senior government officials from both countries, as well as with the President of the Government of the Republic of Yemen, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.  He will discuss bilateral and regional issues, including the conflict in Yemen.  The Under Secretary will emphasize the United States’ continued support for the United Nations-led political process and underscore that a political solution is the only path to a peaceful, prosperous, stable, and unified Yemen.  He will also discuss ways to counter the Iranian regime’s continued ...
State Department News: The 2019 International Astronautical Congress
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State Department News: The 2019 International Astronautical Congress

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: This is a landmark year for space diplomacy as the State Department—together with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Smithsonian Institution—continues to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. The 70th annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) will take place in Washington, DC October 21-25, 2019.  The IAC is the world’s premier global space event, bringing together leaders and decision makers from government, industry, academia, and the non-profit sector.  The weeklong IAC showcases the world’s leading space agencies and companies and features discussions on the social and economic impacts of space exploration and applications; spaceflight s...
Department of State Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Embassy in Nassau, The Bahamas
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Department of State Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Embassy in Nassau, The Bahamas

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: In a display of enduring friendship and emphasizing the importance of the bilateral relationship between the United States and The Bahamas, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, Foreign Minister Darren Henfield, Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers, Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Addison D. “Tad” Davis IV, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Nassau, as well as Bahamian and U.S. officials, broke ground today on the new U.S. Embassy campus in Nassau, The Bahamas. In celebration of the groundbreaking, the U.S. Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce in Nassau hosted a joint reception under the theme: “The Bahamas is Open for Business.” The reception amplifies President Trump’...
State Department Statement Regarding Mexican National Day
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State Department Statement Regarding Mexican National Day

Washington, DC (STL.News) - The US Department of State released the following statement: On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I extend congratulations to the people of Mexico on the 209th anniversary of your independence. Mexico is our neighbor and one of our closest, most valued partners. Our nations are bound by ties of geography, commerce, culture, and family.  We appreciate Mexico’s collaboration and leadership on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, addressing the shared challenge of irregular migration, and pursuing common goals of prosperity, good governance, and security in Central America. The United States wishes the people of Mexico a happy Independence Day.
Rewards for Justice – Reward Offer for Information on Senior Leaders of Hurras al-Din
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Rewards for Justice – Reward Offer for Information on Senior Leaders of Hurras al-Din

Washington, DC (STL.News) - The US Department of State released the following statement: The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million each for information leading to the identification of senior Hurras al-Din leaders Abu ‘Abd al-Karim al-Masri, Faruq al-Suri, and Sami al-Uraydi. All three leaders have been active in al-Qaida (AQ) for years and remain loyal to AQ leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Abu ‘Abd al-Karim al-Masri, also known as Karim, is an Egyptian national.  In 2018, al-Masri was a member of Hurras al-Din’s shura and served as a mediator between the group and the Nusrah Front.  Faruq al-Suri, also known as Samir Hijazi and Abu Hammam al-Shami, is a Syrian national.  He fought in Afghanistan in the 1990s and trained AQ fighters in ...
Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Participation in Second U.S.-Russia High-Level Counterterrorism Dialogue with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Syromolotov
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Participation in Second U.S.-Russia High-Level Counterterrorism Dialogue with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Syromolotov

Washington, DC (STL.News) - The US Department of State released the following statement: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan led a U.S. interagency delegation to participate in the second high-level U.S.-Russia Counterterrorism Dialogue in Vienna, Austria with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for counterterrorism Oleg Vladimirovich Syromolotov. Deputy Secretary Sullivan emphasized to Russia that the dialogue must achieve concrete results to benefit U.S. national security and advance mutual interests by enhancing reciprocal information sharing. The two sides discussed trends in the movements of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs). The Deputy Secretary stressed the need for countries of origin to repatriate, rehabilitate, and, as appropriate, prosecute FTFs and accompanying...