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US State Department: Determination on Atrocities in Xinjiang
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US State Department: Determination on Atrocities in Xinjiang

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: The United States of America has led the world in holding the perpetrators of the most heinous human rights abuses accountable.  From the Nuremberg Trials, to the creation of the Genocide Convention in 1948, to the declaration of ISIS’s recent genocide against the Yazidis, Christians, and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, Americans have given voice to those who have been silenced by evil, and stood with the living who cry out for truth, the rule of law, and justice.  We do so not because we are compelled to act by any international court, multilateral body, or domestic political concern. We do so because it is right. For the past four years, this Administration has exposed t...
US State Department: Women’s Economic Empowerment Update
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US State Department: Women’s Economic Empowerment Update

Washington, DC (STL.News) On January 13, the U.S. Department of State released the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative Annual Report for 2020.  The report outlined how W-GDP, the first-ever whole-of-government approach to women’s economic empowerment, has reached more than 24 million women around the world in its first two years.  These beneficiaries were directly impacted by U.S. Government programs and partnerships. Building on priorities established during a visit to Central Asia earlier this month led by U.S. International Development Finance Corporation CEO Adam Boehler and Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Kelley Currie, W-GDP is also building business women’s networks at the national and regional level with the goal of increasing economic opportunities...
United States Sanctioned Venezuelan Oil Transactions
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United States Sanctioned Venezuelan Oil Transactions

The United States Takes Further Action Against Enablers of Venezuelan Oil Transactions, Including Sanctions Evasion Network Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: The United States has sanctioned three individuals and 11 entities for their ties to a network helping Nicolas Maduro and his illegitimate regime evade U.S. sanctions on Venezuela’s oil sector.  This action builds on previous sanctions targeting individuals and entities involved in a sanctions-evasion scheme benefitting the illegitimate Maduro regime and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA), which the regime uses as its primary conduit for corruption to exploit and profit from Venezuela’s natural resources.  The principal actors in the evasion network include Alessan...
US State Department: Sanctions on Russian Entity KVT-RUS
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US State Department: Sanctions on Russian Entity KVT-RUS

Washington, DC (STL.News) Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Russia-based entity KVT-RUS and identifying the vessel FORTUNA as blocked property.  KVT-RUS is being sanctioned pursuant to Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly selling, leasing, or providing to the Russian Federation goods, services, technology, information, or support for the construction of Russian energy export pipelines.  The United States will consider further actions in the near term, under CAATSA, and the Protecting European Energy Security Act (PEESA), as amended. Nord Stream 2, if completed, would give Russia the means to completely bypass Ukraine, depriving Ukraine of vital revenues and opening it up to further Russian aggressive actions...
Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Venezuelan Interim President Guaido
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Venezuelan Interim President Guaido

Washington, DC (STL.News) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:? Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido.  Secretary Pompeo and Interim President Guaido discussed their mutual goal of a peaceful democratic transition in Venezuela and the United States’ unwavering support for his leadership and for the liberty and dignity of all Venezuelans.  The Secretary expressed his personal respect and appreciation for Interim President Guaido’s commitment to the cause of freedom and his inspiring leadership to millions of Venezuelans yearning for a brighter future.  Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to the Venezuelan people as they continue to face one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis crea...
United States – Turkey Sign Cultural Property Agreement
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United States – Turkey Sign Cultural Property Agreement

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: Today, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey David Satterfield and Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Ersoy signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding that protects Turkish cultural property. This agreement is an example of the United States’ enduring work with Turkey to combat cultural property trafficking and to preserve heritage items by allowing the U.S. to establish import restrictions on certain categories of Turkey’s cultural property.  The agreement also gives U.S. law enforcement the ability to repatriate trafficked cultural objects back to Turkey while fostering the interchange of Turkish cultural heritage with U.S. institutions.  In addition, it demonstrates our respe...
US State Department: Visa Restrictions on Tanzanians Officials
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US State Department: Visa Restrictions on Tanzanians Officials

Visa Restrictions on Tanzanians for Undermining the Democratic Process and Human Rights Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: Today, the United States is announcing visa restrictions on Tanzanian officials responsible for or complicit in undermining Tanzania’s October 28, 2020, general elections.  The actions of these officials subverted the electoral process, continuing the downward trajectory of the country’s democracy.  Election observers and civil society noted widespread irregularities as well as human rights abuses and violations before, during, and after the election.  Opposition candidates were routinely disqualified, harassed, and arrested.  Significant and widespread voting irregularities, internet disruptions, inti...
US State Department: Billingslea to Address Conference on Disarmament
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US State Department: Billingslea to Address Conference on Disarmament

Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Billingslea to Address the Conference on Disarmament Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea, exercising the authorities of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, will deliver the U.S. statement to the opening plenary session of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, January 19.  The statement will be delivered virtually.
US State Department: Pompeo’s Call with Australian Prime Minister
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US State Department: Pompeo’s Call with Australian Prime Minister

Washington, DC (STL.News) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.  During the call, the Secretary and the Prime Minister affirmed the unbreakable bond that exists between the United States and Australia and committed to continue working together to deepen and broaden the U.S.-Australia Alliance.  Secretary Pompeo thanked Prime Minister Morrison for his steadfast support in promoting our shared values of democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and our common strategic interests, even in the face of economic threats from the People’s Republic of China.  They noted the increasing importance of the Quad’s collective efforts to advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacif...
US Department of State: Arrest of Aleksey Navalny
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US Department of State: Arrest of Aleksey Navalny

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement yesterday: The United States strongly condemns Russia’s decision to arrest Aleksey Navalny.  We note with grave concern that his detention is the latest in a series of attempts to silence Navalny and other opposition figures and independent voices who are critical of Russian authorities. Confident political leaders do not fear competing voices, nor commit violence against or wrongfully detain political opponents.  The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, an independent judiciary, and the ability to exercise their basic human rights of speech and assembly without fear of retribution...
US State Department Support Coast Guard Operation Southern Cross
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US State Department Support Coast Guard Operation Southern Cross

U.S. Coast Guard Operation Southern Cross Builds Multilateral Cooperation to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in the South Atlantic Washington, DC (STL.News) The Department of State is proud to support the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Operation Southern Cross as part of our efforts to build regional maritime security partnerships and counter illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the South Atlantic.  The multi-month inaugural deployment of the new USCG Legend-class National Security Cutter, the Stone (WMSL 758), will strengthen cooperation and enhance security throughout the region. In Guyana on January 9, the USCG Cutter Stone and the Guyanese Defense Force Coast Guard engaged in a series of cooperative exercises that support combatting IUU fishing, ...
Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Cyprus Foreign Minister Christodoulides
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Cyprus Foreign Minister Christodoulides

Washington, DC (STL.News) The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:? Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Republic of Cyprus (ROC) Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Christodoulides agreed that the strength of the U.S.-ROC relationship is at an all-time high as a result of our partnership on significant issues including the temporary waiver of International Traffic in Arms Regulations restrictions, the entry of the ROC into the International Military Education and Training Program, and the launch of the Cyprus Center for Land, Open-seas, and Port Security (CYCLOPS) regional border security training center.
US State Department: Designating PRC, Hong Kong Officials
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US State Department: Designating PRC, Hong Kong Officials

Designating PRC and Hong Kong Officials after Widespread Pro-Democracy Arrests in Hong Kong Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: Today, the United States is designating six PRC and Hong Kong officials in connection with the draconian National Security Law (NSL), pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13936, “The President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization.” On January 6, Hong Kong authorities arrested more than 50 people in an appalling crackdown on pro-democracy politicians and activists who were trying to advance fair and open primary elections for Hong Kong’s Legislative Council.  Thirteen former Legislative Council members, an American lawyer, and a former law professor were among those reportedly detained befo...
United States: Sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior
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United States: Sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior

United States Places Global Magnitsky Sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior and Its Minister Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior (MININT) and Minister of Interior General Lazaro Alberto Álvarez Casas for their connection to serious human rights abuse under Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. MININT is designated for being responsible for, complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse.  As minister of MININT, Álvarez Casas is also designated for being or having been a leader or official of an entity, including any governmen...
US State Department: Sanctions on Iran Shipping Lines
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US State Department: Sanctions on Iran Shipping Lines

Imposing Sanctions Related to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and Iranian Shipping Entities Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: In June 2020, the State Department sanctioned the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) pursuant to Executive Order 13382 (WMD Proliferators and Their Supporters).  At that time, we underscored the fact that IRISL is the preferred shipping line for Iranian proliferators and procurement agents.  We have warned industry that those who do business with IRISL, its subsidiaries, and other Iranian shipping entities, risk sanctions.  Today, we are sanctioning seven entities and two individuals for such conduct. As a part of this action, the State Department is imposing sanctions o...
US State Department: Sanctions on Iranian Arms Proliferation
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US State Department: Sanctions on Iranian Arms Proliferation

Imposing Sanctions on Iranian Entities for Activities Related to Conventional Arms Proliferation Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: Iranian conventional arms proliferation poses a persistent threat to regional and international security, as evidenced by Iran’s continued military support and confirmed arms transfers that fuel ongoing conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere. On September 21, we announced the implementation of Executive Order 13949 that provides the United States additional tools to hold accountable those actors who seek to abet Iran in supporting armed groups in the region with weapons and arms materiel.  The first designations under this authority included Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Ar...
The Department of State to Host World Data System’s Program Office
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The Department of State to Host World Data System’s Program Office

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement. The Department of State is proud to see that the World Data System (WDS), a non-governmental body for norms and standards for scientific data, has selected the Oak Ridge Institute at the University of Tennessee (ORI at UT) to host its International Program Office for a five-year term starting in 2021.  The Office will promote U.S. leadership in values-based international norms and standards for data and scientific research over the next five years.  With the strong support of the Department of State, this selection is a testament to American scientific leadership and innovation, reflecting U.S. universities’ and laboratories’ long-standing tradition of excellence, freedom, openness, and transparency i...
State Department Terrorist Designation Reviews – Amendments
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State Department Terrorist Designation Reviews – Amendments

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement. The Department of State has amended the terrorist designations of Lashkar i Jhangvi (LJ) and ISIL Sinai Peninsula (ISIL-SP) to include additional aliases.  These aliases have been added to LJ and ISIL-SP’s designations as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224. Additionally, the Department of State has reviewed and maintained the FTO designations of LJ, ISIL-SP, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaysh Rijal al-Tariq al Naqshabandi, Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis-Sudan (Ansaru), al-Nusrah Front, Continuity Irish Republican Army, and the National Liberation Army, pursuant ...