Joe Biden: America’s next president

By Lenore T. Adkins Joseph R. Biden Jr., a former vice president and a longtime Capitol Hill lawmaker known for reaching across the political aisle to get things done, takes office on January 20 as the 46th president of the United States. Biden served eight years as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and defeated incumbent President Donald …

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Kamala Harris: America’s next vice president

By Lauren Monsen Kamala Devi Harris, a senator who has represented California in the U.S. Congress since 2017, will break barriers when she is inaugurated as vice president of the United States on January 20. She will be the first woman — and the first person of African, Jamaican and South Asian ancestry — to occupy that …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Venezuelan Interim President Guaido

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 …

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Sanctions on Russian Entity and a Vessel Engaging in the Construction of Nord Stream 2

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 …

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The United States Takes Further Action Against Enablers of Venezuelan Oil Transactions, Including Sanctions Evasion Network

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE 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. …

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Meet Biden’s choice for secretary of state: Antony Blinken

By Leigh Hartman For Antony Blinken, the incoming administration’s pick for America’s top diplomat, returning to the U.S. State Department brings the opportunity to continue both professional and family traditions. If confirmed by the Senate, Blinken would resume a career at the State Department, where he served during the Clinton and Obama administrations. His career in public …

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Remarks by President Trump In Farewell Address to the Nation

The White House THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans: Four years ago, we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens. In short, we embarked on a mission to make America great again — for all Americans. As I conclude …

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Determination of the Secretary of State on Atrocities in Xinjiang

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE 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 …

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Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

On the third Monday of January, Americans honor the life and achievements of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., (1929–1968), the 1964 Nobel Peace laureate, and the individual most associated with the triumphs of the African-American civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. As a political organizer, a supremely skilled orator, and advocate of …

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Arrest of Aleksey Navalny

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE 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 …

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Imposing Sanctions on Iranian Entities for Activities Related to Conventional Arms Proliferation PRESS STATEMENT

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE 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 …

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United States Places Global Magnitsky Sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior and Its Minister

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE 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 …

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Fact Sheet: Activity at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON For more than a year, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has systematically prevented a transparent and thorough investigation of the COVID-19 pandemic’s origin, choosing instead to devote enormous resources to deceit and disinformation. Nearly two million people have died. Their families deserve to know the truth. Only through transparency can we learn what caused this …

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Ensuring a Transparent, Thorough Investigation of COVID-19’s Origin

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States has repeatedly called for a transparent and thorough investigation into the origin of COVID-19. Understanding the origin of this pandemic is essential for global public health, economic recovery, and international security. To assist the vital work of the World Health Organization (WHO) investigative team that arrived in China this week, the United …

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Increasing Iran Metals Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Nuclear, Military, and Ballistic Missile Programs and the IRGC

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and military programs pose continued threats to the world’s safety and security. To address these threats, I am increasing the scope of State Department-administered Iran metals-related sanctions. Today, the State Department is identifying 15 specific materials used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic missile programs. Those who knowingly transfer …

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United States – Georgia Memorandum of Understanding on 5G Security

The following memorandum of understanding was adopted by the Governments of the United States of America and Georgia on January 14, 2021.   Begin Text:   Taking into account that secure fifth generation wireless communications networks (5G) will be vital to both future prosperity and national security, the United States and Georgia declare their desire to strengthen cooperation on 5G. 5G will enable a …

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The Iran-al-Qaida Axis

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Wang Xiyue, for that very kind introduction and those remarkable words, words that were your own.  We’re blessed to have you here today. Look, as a lot – as you said, a lot of people worked really hard to get you home.  America never gives up.  We never give in.  We never leave …

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The United States Targets Foundations Controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on two organizations controlled by the Supreme Leader of Iran, the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO) and Astan Quds Razavi (AQR).  While masquerading as charitable organizations, EIKO and AQR control large portions of the Iranian economy, including assets seized from political dissidents and religious minorities, for the …

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Sanctioning Russia-linked Disinformation Network for its Involvement in Attempts to Influence U.S. Election

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on seven individuals and four entities that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach, who was designated on September 10, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848 for his attempt to influence the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.  Derkach, a member of the Ukrainian parliament, …

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U.S. Announces Designation of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The State Department has designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbor to terrorists. The Trump Administration has been focused from the start on denying the Castro regime the resources it uses to oppress its people at home, and countering its malign …

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Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Virtual Event: The Importance of Investing in Women’s Economic Empowerment

On January 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET, Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University (ASU) and the U.S. Department of State will host a virtual panel discussion on the importance of investing in women’s economic empowerment. Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Kelley …

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Remembering the Victims of PS752

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The American people honor the memory of the passengers and crew of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752, whose lives were abruptly and senselessly taken one year ago by an unjustified Iranian shootdown.  The United States joins the Governments of Ukraine, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Afghanistan in paying tribute to, and calling for justice …

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Iran Threatening To Expel UN Investigators

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE In December Iran’s parliament passed a law requiring expulsion of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear inspectors unless all sanctions are lifted. Today a member of the parliamentary leadership repeated that threat: all IAEA watchdog inspectors will be ejected unless sanctions are lifted. Once again the Iranian regime is using its nuclear program to extort …

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The United States Continues To Recognize Interim President Guaidó and the Last Democratically Elected National Assembly in Venezuela

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On December 6, 2020, the illegitimate Maduro regime staged fraudulent legislative elections in Venezuela. Sixty countries around the world either came together to issue joint statements, including those released by the European Union, the Organization of American States, the Lima Group, and the International Contact Group or issued their own statement, rejecting the sham elections. …

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Division for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions Iran

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using big data and surveillance to target Uyghurs for detention based on behaviors that are allowed under the laws of the People’s Republic of China, such as studying the Quran or calling family abroad. Human Rights Watch says in a new report that the CCP uses its  Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP)  to scan …

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Sanctioning Companies Supporting Iran’s Metal Industry

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on 17 companies and one individual in connection with Iran’s metals industry. The Iranian regime uses revenue from its metals sector to fund the regime’s destabilizing activities around the world. The Department of State is designating China-based Kaifeng Pingmei New Carbon Materials Technology Co., LTD (KFCC) and Iran-based …

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Violations of religious freedom persist worldwide

The United States is calling out “egregious violations” of religious freedom worldwide, as many regimes continue to criminalize expressions of religious faith. On December 7, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo designated the governments of Iran, China, North Korea and a half dozen other nations as “countries of particular concern” for engaging in or …

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Six remarkable women honored posthumously

By Lenore T. Adkins The National Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted six trailblazing Black women into its unique sisterhood, recognizing their contributions at the Seneca Falls, New York, birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. Its new Virtual Induction Series  celebrates underrepresented women of achievement. It does this by posthumously recognizing marginalized women who were overlooked during their lifetimes or died before …

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U.S. helps countries build secure 5G networks

By Leigh Hartman Fifth-generation wireless technology is transformative and has the potential to reshape industries. From remote health care to self-driving cars, to critical services such as electrical grids and water systems,  5G has the potential to touch every part of our lives . We need to be able to trust that 5G equipment and software companies will not threaten the national security, privacy or human rights of …

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Millions of Venezuelans vote for democracy

Venezuelans at home and abroad stood up for democracy, rejecting efforts by the illegitimate Maduro regime to exert authoritarian control over the National Assembly elections. The United States congratulated the Venezuelan opposition party — led by legitimate interim President Juan Guaidó — for successfully holding the consulta popular — or “ the people’s referendum ” — from December …

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On the Silencing and Prosecution of PRC Citizen Journalist Zhang Zhan

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) sham prosecution and conviction of citizen journalist Zhang Zhan on December 28. We call on the PRC government to release her immediately and unconditionally. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has shown once again it will do whatever it takes to silence those who question …

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New U.S. restrictions seek to deter China’s abuses

By Leigh Hartman The United States is imposing restrictions on Chinese entities and officials that help the People’s Republic of China surveil and persecute its people, steal trade secrets, and bully other nations in the South China Sea. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on December 18 announced new measures against 60 companies or organizations that support …

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Commemorating the United Nations Declaration

January 1, 1942, was a milestone in diplomatic history — a day when representatives of the “Big Four” Allied countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and China) gathered in Washington to sign the  United Nations Declaration , formally pledging cooperation in defeating the forces of fascism. The following day, representatives of 22 other Allied …

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Protecting U.S. Investors from Financing Communist Chinese Military Companies

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE President Trump took decisive action last month to protect American investors and pension holders from funding Communist Chinese military companies (CCMCs) through Executive Order (13959) Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Communist Chinese Military Companies.  The Trump Administration is coordinating closely to counter the threat these companies present to the economy and national security …

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Imposing Sanctions and Visa Restrictions on Additional Individuals and Entities Undermining Belarusian Democracy

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is taking action against individuals and entities involved in efforts to undermine Belarusian democracy. Specifically, the U.S. Departments of State and of Treasury have exercised their respective authorities against 40 individuals and four entities involved in electoral fraud and human rights abuses surrounding the fraudulent election in Belarus in August, and …

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Syria Sanctions Designations on the Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 2254

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Five years ago last Friday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2254, firmly laying out the only path for an enduring resolution to the Syrian conflict.  The United States and the vast majority of the international community remain committed to this dignified plan for ending the suffering of the Syrian people. The Assad regime, supported by its enablers and allies, however, refuses to end its needless, brutal war against the Syrian people, stalling efforts to reach a political resolution.  The Department …

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China’s leaders expand use of forced labor

The People’s Republic of China is expanding its use of forced labor, increasing the risk that countries may unknowingly import products made by people forced or otherwise coerced to work. Upwards of 100,000 Uyghurs and members of other ethnic minority groups may be working in forced conditions in China, according to the U.S. Department of …

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U.S. sanctions Iranian regime officials involved in kidnapping

The United States has imposed sanctions on two senior Iranian intelligence officers involved in the kidnapping and detention of Robert Levinson, the longest-held hostage in U.S. history. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on December 14 announced  sanctions against Mohammad Baseri and Ahmad Khazai , senior officials in Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, who were involved in Levinson’s abduction, detention and …

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Additions of Cuban Military-Owned Companies to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added three Cuban military-owned companies to its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List).  All property and interests in property of these entities that are in the United States or in the possession or control of persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction continue …

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Rocket Attack in Iraq

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns the latest attack by Iran-backed militias on the International Zone in Baghdad.  While no Embassy personnel were harmed, the attack caused at least one Iraqi civilian casualty and damaged Iraqi civilian property.  We wish those hurt a speedy recovery. As Iraq struggles with COVID-19 and an increasingly dire economic crisis, Iran-backed militias are …

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2020: Difficult Year Brings Out the Best in U.S.-Georgian Partnership

In 2020, despite the challenge of COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy continued to deepen our partnership with Georgia across a range of areas. We continue to work together towards a prosperous, stable, and democratic Georgia integrated into Euro-Atlantic institutions. In particular, the dedicated team of professionals at the embassy worked to partner with Georgia on COVID-19 …

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The Free World’s Leadership Will Defeat COVID-19

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE It has now been a year since China first identified a patient in Wuhan stricken with an unknown pneumonia, now known as COVID-19. Since then, the United States and other free nations, such as Germany and the United Kingdom, have led a remarkable and unprecedented vaccine development effort that is delivering hope across the world. …

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This Week in Iran Policy

“I think we have demonstrated the right foreign policy with respect to Iran, and I am hopeful that the world will continue the policies that we have, and that one day Iran will rejoin the community of nations” – Secretary Pompeo, Interview with Ben Shapiro, December 15, 2020 Sanctioning Supporters of Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical …

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Expanded Clean Network initiative safeguards data

By Leigh Hartman The U.S. government’s expanded Clean Network initiative protects citizens’ privacy and companies’ sensitive information on 5G mobile networks and  secures data  across the full range of telecommunications and technology. The Clean Network initiative builds on and expands the  Clean Path , which is designed to  protect 5G networks from untrusted vendors . Since U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the Clean Network, …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Wounded Warrior Foundation Charity Event

We stand proudly with our Georgian partners in caring for their injured soldiers, many of whom stood proudly with the United States and our allies in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has been an honor assisting Georgia in this noble undertaking and we look forward to seeing this wonderful project flourish thanks to the generosity and …

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Sanctioning Supporters of Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical Sectors

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Petroleum and petrochemicals are major sources of revenue for the Iranian regime, revenue it employs to oppress the Iranian people and to advance its malign foreign agenda. Today, the Department of State is imposing sanctions on Vietnam Gas and Chemicals Transportation Corporation, a vessel manager, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13846, for knowingly engaging, on …

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The United States Supports the Voices of the Venezuelan People

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE We congratulate the Venezuelan people on the success of the Consulta Popular or “People’s Referendum.”  Millions of Venezuelans came together to raise their voice and demand a democratic future for their country.  In every city and small town in Venezuela, as well as hundreds of sites serving the Venezuelan diaspora abroad, the Consulta Popular clearly demonstrated the will of …

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Russian Influence in the Mediterranean

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in comments at the MED Dialogue, accused the United States of playing political games in the Mediterranean and stalling the appointment of a new UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Libya.  It’s unfortunate and unhelpful that Mr. Lavrov again gets the facts wrong and attempts to rewrite history. …

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State Department Terrorist Designation of Saraya al-Mukhtar

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State has designated the Saraya al-Mukhtar group as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order 13224 for posing a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Saraya al-Mukhtar is an Iran-backed terrorist organization based in Bahrain, reportedly …

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The United States Sanctions Turkey Under CAATSA 231

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Republic of Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms export entity, by procuring the S-400 surface-to-air missile system.  The sanctions include a …

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Pompeo urges U.S. colleges to defend academic freedom

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is urging American universities to defend against the Chinese Communist Party’s research theft and other threats to academic freedom. Speaking at Georgia Tech in Atlanta on December 9, Pompeo warned that the CCP’s theft of research to boost its military poses  risks for both universities and U.S. national security . He asked administrators, faculty and students …

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Defense Attaché Col Bagley Speaks at Conference on Women, Peace, and Security

On Saturday, December 12th, Defense Attaché Colonel Stephanie Bagley spoke at the Conference on Women, Peace, and Security,  which brought together prominent field professionals and aspiring students, as well as recent graduates to discuss the implications of the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, reaffirm women’s indispensable inclusion in the defense sector, and discuss the …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the First Session of 10th Parliament

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: As we said during Secretary Pompeo’s visit, we would have liked to see all duly elected members of parliament attend today’s opening, so that they could fight for the change they want to see from within the parliament, rather than in the streets. The very important work that the party leaders did …

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Iran’s Efforts at Intimidation Must Not Be Rewarded

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States condemns the law recently approved by Iran’s Majles and Guardian Council, which is nothing more than the regime’s latest ploy to use its nuclear program to try to intimidate the international community.  If implemented, this law would result in Iran enriching uranium to the dangerous 20% level, while Iran is already exceeding …

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U.S. to authorize COVID-19 vaccines in coming days

The United States expects to begin mass distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States soon. During the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit held at the White House on December 8, President Trump said he expects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will authorize a vaccine produced by U.S. manufacturer Pfizer in the coming days, …

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Public Designations of Current and Former Government Officials Under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State

Public Designations of Current and Former Government Officials Under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Promoting and advancing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms continues to be a top priority for the United States.  On this Human …

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The President’s National Space Policy

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The  President’s National Space Policy  , released yesterday, outlines America’s principles and goals regarding our national interests and activities in space. The policy reaffirms America’s leadership in outer space, emphasizes the importance of the commercial space sector to economic growth, and reaffirms the importance of all nations acting responsibly for the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability of space …

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On the Occasion of International Anticorruption Day and International Human Rights Day

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON On the occasion of International Anticorruption Day and International Human Rights Day, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury announced sanctions designations and visa restrictions on perpetrators of corruption and serious human rights abuse.  Below is a summary of  these actions taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 and Section 7031(c) of …

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Nations speak out against Maduro’s fraudulent elections

Countries around the world are calling the illegitimate Maduro regime’s recent attempt to undermine democracy in Venezuela a sham. On December 6, the Nicolás Maduro regime unconstitutionally staged National Assembly elections with the intention of overthrowing the democratically elected politicians who stand against Maduro and his cronies. The result was an undemocratic and illegal farce. …

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The Chinese Communist Party on the American Campus

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE ATLANTA, GEORGIA MR CABRERA:  Good morning.  What a great day.  What an honor to have our Secretary of State with us today to share his views on foreign policy.  And what a great way to inspire many of our own students.  By the way some people they think that being an engineer may not necessarily …

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Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel D. Brownback Briefing on Rollout of U.S. Actions Against Religious Freedom Violators

SAMUEL D. BROWNBACK, U.S. AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FOR INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM VIA TELECONFERENCE MR BROWN:  Thank you, Moderator, and thanks to everyone who’s joined the call.  This is an on-the-record briefing on the rollout of U.S. designations against religious freedom violators, including Country of Particular Concern, Special Watch List, and Entity of Particular Concern designations.  Sam Brownback, …

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Promoting human rights is essential to U.S. policy

In the 80 years since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his  Four Freedoms speech  — citing freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear — the United States has made these democratic principles central to its foreign policy. Today, the United States continues to champion human rights as a critical component of U.S. …

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On the EU’s Adoption of a Human Rights Sanctions Framework

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the European Union’s adoption of its global human rights sanctions framework. Today, on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, we note that this groundbreaking accomplishment will further protect human rights worldwide. The EU’s new measures give its member states a powerful tool to promote accountability for human rights abuse on …

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U.S. Welcomes First Meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Leadership Committee

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the formation and the first Leadership Committee meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation today. This inclusive body is chaired by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Afghan leaders across the political spectrum have unified to make decisions and mobilize support for a just and lasting peace.  All sides of the conflict should come together and chart a path to …

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on People’s Republic of China Officials Engaged in Coercive Influence Activities

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has long sought to spread Marxist-Leninist ideology and exert its influence all over the world. The CCP’s United Front Work Department funds and supports overseas organizations to spread propaganda and coerces and bullies those who would oppose Beijing’s policies. The United Front frequently intimidates members of academia, businesses, civil society …

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Ambassador Degnan met with the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia’s new President, Sarah Williamson

Today, Ambassador Degnan met with the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia’s new President, Sarah Williamson. The U.S. Embassy greatly values its relationship with AmCham and congratulates the new Board of Directors. We also want to thank the outgoing President and Board of Directors for their role in supporting open dialogue to advance judicial, electoral, …

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Sanctions on Iranian Entities Involved in Chemical Weapons Activities of Concern

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States condemns any Iranian regime involvement in a chemical weapons program and will sanction those involved in any such activity. Today, the United States designated Iranian defense entity Shahid Meisami Group and its director, Mehran Babri, under Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or WMD delivery systems, …

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a fitting occasion for the United States to reaffirm its commitment to, and support for, the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in daily life of the community. We point with pride to robust public and private enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act and …

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The United States Welcomes Major Milestone in Afghanistan Peace Negotiations

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the Agreement announced today by the negotiating teams from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.  This Agreement is a major milestone in the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations that have been underway since September 12, 2020. The Agreement codifies the rules and procedures the two sides have been negotiating since the …

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INL-Tbilisi delivered donated clothes, food, and toiletries to the Tbilisi domestic violence intake center

On December 2, as part of The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (reftel 20 STATE 113288), INL-Tbilisi delivered donated clothes, food, and toiletries to the Tbilisi domestic violence intake center. This center is the first point of entry for victims of domestic …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in the NATO Foreign Ministerial

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participated in the December 1-2 virtual NATO Foreign Ministerial, hosted by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.  In a productive discussion with Allied leaders, Secretary Pompeo emphasized the threat the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) poses to Allied security interests and encouraged …

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On World AIDS Day, looking to finish the fight

On World AIDS Day, December 1, Americans will mobilize behind a plan to  eradicate HIV from the U.S.  by 2030 and recommit to efforts to end it around the world. The U.S. plan — called Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America — uses scientific advances in HIV prevention, diagnoses, treatment and outbreak response by coordinating the resources of …

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Readout from the Trump Administration’s 43rd Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Best Practices

Today, Vice President Mike Pence led a discussion with the chief executives and senior leaders of approximately 50 states, territories, and the city of Washington, D.C., and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to discuss local, state, and federal COVID-19 response and recovery efforts including the continued collaboration on vaccine distribution and administration planning. The …

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The two choices for Venezuela’s future

By Noelani Kirschner As the fraudulent December 6 elections raise questions about the future of Venezuela, one thing remains clear: Venezuelans cannot have democracy while an illegitimate authoritarian regime is in power, says the U.S. Department of State. “Many of Venezuela’s most popular politicians are not permitted to run in the election, opposition political parties have been …

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China’s manipulation of international organizations

As the coronavirus spread beyond its borders, China’s leaders successfully lobbied the World Health Organization (WHO) not to declare a public health emergency of international concern. Soon after this disastrous January decision, the Chinese Communist Party blocked a WHO team from investigating the pandemic’s source and China’s response. “China has extracted concessions from the health …

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Remarks by President Trump During Thanksgiving Video Teleconference with Members of the Military

Diplomatic Reception Room November 26, 2020 4:59 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’m thrilled to be online with heroic members of the United States Military.  Incredible people.  I want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving.  We’re going to have a great year.  We have a year coming up — the foundations are ready …

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New Sanctions Under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA)

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, the United States sanctioned four entities located in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Russia for supporting Iran’s missile program, under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). We imposed sanctions against Chengdu Best New Materials Co., Ltd. and Zibo Elim Trade Co., Ltd. in the PRC …

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The United States Condemns the Conviction of the Citgo 6

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States unequivocally condemns the wrongful convictions of the Citgo 6, in a proceeding that should be described as a kangaroo court.  After canceling their initial appearance before a judge dozens of times over the last three years, the illegitimate Venezuelan legal system suddenly convicted and sentenced these oil executives without any evidence.  Having …

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President Trump pardons ‘Corn,’ America’s National Thanksgiving Turkey

On behalf of the entire Trump Family, I want to wish every American a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving! Today we gathered in the Rose Garden to continue a beloved annual tradition: the Official Presidential Pardon of a very fortunate Thanksgiving Turkey…. pic.twitter.com/O92pWUKrBv — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2020

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Remarks at 2020 Afghanistan Conference

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DAVID HALE, UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale:  Let me begin by thanking the Government of Finland and Special Envoy Taalas; the government of Afghanistan and President Ghani; and the UN, including Special Representative Lyons, for organizing this conference, especially with the constraints posed by COVID-19. We continue to support a negotiated settlement in Doha that …

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The Cuban Regime’s Cruel Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The U.S. government strongly condemns the Cuban regime’s harassment of activists peacefully protesting the imprisonment of human rights defender Denis Solís González. We urge the Cuban government to dismiss this unjust sentence and release him without condition. The regime has repeatedly targeted Mr. Solís González, a musician and member of the San Isidro Movement (MSI) …

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Pompeo urges nations to speak up for the persecuted

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is rallying world leaders to stand strong against religious persecution wherever it occurs. From November 16 to 17, the government of Poland hosted the third Ministerial to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief. In  Pompeo’s opening remarks  for the event, held virtually this year, the secretary urged the representatives of more …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Negotiating Team

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s negotiating team in Doha, Qatar.  Secretary Pompeo commended both sides for continuing to negotiate and for the progress they have made.  Secretary Pompeo and the negotiators discussed ways to reduce violence, and …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with the Taliban READOUT

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Taliban Political Deputy and Head of the Political Office Mullah Beradar and members of the Taliban negotiating team in Doha, Qatar.  Secretary Pompeo commended both sides for continuing to negotiate and for the progress they have made.  …

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This Week in Iran Policy

“The Maximum Pressure campaign against the Iranian regime continues to be effective. It deprives the regime of funds to carry out its malign activities. Reducing that pressure is a dangerous choice, bound to weaken new regional partnerships for peace and strengthen the regime.” – Secretary Pompeo, Tweet of November 18, 2020 Commemoration of the Massacre …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan on Secretary Pompeo’s visit to Georgia

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi was proud to welcome Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mrs. Pompeo to Georgia. Secretary Pompeo came to Tbilisi to demonstrate the United States’ strong support for Georgia’s choice to deepen its Euro-Atlantic ties, and to reaffirm our unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of …

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Senior State Department Officials Briefing to Traveling Press

SPECIAL BRIEFING OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON TBILISI, GEORGIA SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE:  Good morning.  I don’t know how much any of you know about Georgia, but I’ll just start by saying it’s a young democracy, basically 20 years.  The ’90s were really a lost decade of lawlessness, so they’ve been working on their democracy for 20 years.  The …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia Before Their Meeting

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE GEORGIAN CHANCELLERY TBILISI, GEORGIA PRIME MINISTER GAKHARIA:  So Mr. Secretary, welcome. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you. PRIME MINISTER GAKHARIA:  Thank you for finding time (inaudible) especially this very difficult global pandemic time.  You are a true friend of this country, and of course we are grateful for your personal and the United States (inaudible) partnership.  This …

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Secretary Pompeo Discusses Judicial Reform with Civil Society

Secretary Pompeo sat down with civil society representatives for a candid and open conversation about judicial reform, and the role of civil society in Georgia’s development. The Secretary noted Georgia’s recent judicial reform efforts and the important role of civil society in advancing the rule of law and developing modern state institutions. However, all agreed …

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Secretary Pompeo meets with Prime Minister Gakharia and Foreign Minister Zalkaliani

Secretary Pompeo met with Prime Minister Gakharia and Foreign Minister Zalkaliani to discuss the United States’ support for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations and strengthening democratic institutions in the country. The Secretary also emphasized the importance of electoral and judicial reform.

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Strengthening Transatlantic Ties with Georgia

“The United States and Georgia have a strong strategic partnership built upon shared values and a deep love of freedom, independence, and unity. The United States remains steadfast in its commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and we support the Georgian people’s clear choice to embrace Euro-Atlantic integration.” – …

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Statement by Secretary Michael Pompeo

November 17, 2020 The United States Welcomes Cessation of Hostilities Between Armenia and Azerbaijan and Announces New Assistance to Respond to the Nagorno-Karabakh Humanitarian Emergency The United States welcomes the cessation of active hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan.  From the start of the recent hostilities, the United States called for an end to the violence …

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Anniversary of Protests in Iran

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On November 15, 2019 and in the week that followed, brave Iranians took to the streets of more than 200 cities across Iran to protest four decades of mismanagement by a corrupt regime that squandered its people’s wealth on terrorism abroad and oppression at home. As the protesters exercised their freedom of expression, the regime …

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Background Briefing on Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Georgia

The following text is a translated excerpt from background briefing conducted by senior State Department officials on November 13 via teleconference.  The briefing previewed Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.  The full text in English is available on the Department of State website. As you know from the announcement, …

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Designation of Iranian Procurement Networks

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On November 10, 2020 the Department of the Treasury designated an international network of six companies and four individuals for facilitating the procurement of sensitive goods, including U.S.-origin electronic components, for Iran Communications Industries (ICI).  ICI is a sanctioned Iranian military firm and a subsidiary of Iran Electronics Industries, which falls under Iran’s Ministry of …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to France, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia November 13 – 23. In Paris, the Secretary will meet with President Macron, Foreign Minister Le Drian, and other senior officials to build on our transatlantic work on economic and security matters, and on …

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Preserving an invaluable monastery in Georgia

The United States is providing more than half a million dollars to preserve a 1,500-year-old monastery in Mtskheta, Georgia. “Churches in Georgia play such an important role in history and culture and the society,” said U.S. Ambassador to Georgia  Kelly Degnan  on September 16. “The United States is very proud to be able to help Georgia preserve …

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A trans-Atlantic awakening to the China challenge

U.S. and European Union officials are increasingly recognizing and working closely to counter threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on October 23 launched the new  U.S.-EU Dialogue on China . Their aim is to address risks posed by the …

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On the 41st Anniversary of the U.S. Embassy Takeover in Tehran

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Forty-one years ago today, Ayatollah Khomeini’s followers broke into the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took more than 50 U.S. diplomats hostage.  For the next 444 days, the Iranian regime tormented these brave Americans and their families who did not know if they would ever see their loved ones again.  The survivors of the Iran …

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Ambassador Degnan visited OSCE’s International Election Observation Mission

“Georgia pledged to strengthen its election system and meet international standards when it joined the OSCE, and we are very interested to see how the OSCE will evaluate the impact of those efforts in today’s election,” announced Ambassador Degnan during a visit to the offices of OSCE’s International Election Observation Mission. OSCE and it’s Office …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Public Movement Multinational Georgia and the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy

For more than six months, the United States has been working with Georgian non-governmental organizations to prepare for today’s election, with the goal of parliamentary elections that are free, fair, transparent, and trusted by the Georgian people. Today, Ambassador Degnan visited the headquarters of two of those organizations, Public Movement Multinational Georgia (PMMG) and the …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media in Marneuli

Q-n: how would you assess the election environment today? Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Gamarjoba! I am very happy to be here in Marneuli as an election observer. It’s good to see people coming out to vote, people wearing masks. [Speaking Georgian] These elections are very important for Georgia, calm environment and free election for people is …

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Ambassador Degnan visited two polling sites in Marneuli

After meeting with hard-working officials at the Central Election Commission, Ambassador Degnan observed voting at two polling sites in Marneuli. “It is up to the Georgian people to decide who they want to govern their country. The United States does not have a favorite candidate, or a favorite party. We will work with any party …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at CEC

Q-n about the visit to CEC on Election day Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Gilotsavt, [speaking Georgian] these elections are very important for Georgia, a calm atmosphere, and a free election for people is most important [end of Georgian]. I am here at the Central Election Commission because this group has organized this election today, they are responsible …

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Ambassador Degnan to travel throughout Georgia to observe election process

“It’s an exciting day for the Georgian people! The freedom to choose your leaders through fair elections is absolutely fundamental to a true democracy.” Ambassador Degnan commented as she met this morning with just some of the Embassy staff coordinating the work of our observation teams traveling throughout Georgia to observe today’s election. “The United …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Conference of Judges

The U.S. Embassy is disappointed in the Judiciary’s rushed decision to hold its Conference of Judges today in the shadow of significant national elections. Important decisions with long-lasting consequences such as filling High Council of Justice vacancies should be taken deliberately, with sufficient transparency and time for consultations and participation by a broad range of …

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OAS: Elections in Venezuela will not be free and fair

The Organization of American States General Assembly passed a resolution October 21 declaring the illegitimate Maduro regime’s December 6 elections in Venezuela will be fraudulent. “We all know there is more work to do to uphold our hemisphere as a hemisphere of freedom,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said October 21 during his virtual …

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U.S. global vaccine distribution saves lives

The United States’ support for the worldwide distribution of vaccines has saved countless lives and laid the groundwork for distributing a future COVID-19 vaccine. Through international partnerships like the vaccine alliance Gavi and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Calls with Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Aliyev

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev separately. Secretary Pompeo pressed the leaders to abide by their commitments to cease hostilities and pursue a diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict under the auspices of the OSCE …

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Memorandum of Understanding on Anti-Semitism

On October 22, 2020, Dr. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa of the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence and Elan S. Carr, the U.S. Department of State Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism, signed a memorandum of understanding on anti-Semitism in Washington, D.C.  The document outlines goals to eradicate anti-Semitism and promote respect and peaceful coexistence between Arab …

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International Religious Freedom Day

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Twenty-two years ago today, the United States enacted the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, reaffirming our commitment to promote and defend the fundamental right to religious freedom for all people everywhere.  Born of the vision of America’s founders, our government understood that an individual, irrespective of their religion or beliefs, should be free to organize …

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Guidance for U.S. tech aims to stop misuse by repressive regimes

The United States has issued new guidance to help companies ensure their security technologies are not co-opted by repressive regimes and used to violate or abuse human rights. The  new guidance  provides companies with precautions to consider before selling certain technologies and offers recommendations to mitigate the risk of human rights violations or abuses when sales go …

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U.S.-Armenia-Azerbaijan Joint Statement

The text of the following joint statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Republic of Armenia, and the Republic of Azerbaijan on October 25, 2020.  Begin Text:  Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov met with Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun on October …

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OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Statement

The text of the following joint statement was released by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on October 25, 2020.  Begin Text:  Washington D.C., 25 October, 2020 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) released the …

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Proclamation on United Nations Day, 2020

Today, on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN), we celebrate its commitment to peace and security, prosperity, human rights, rule of law, and development.  The victorious Allies conceived the UN in the ashes of two devastating world wars, welcoming all nations to join together to ensure peace and promote economic prosperity.  As a …

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U.S. Ambassador Sam Brownback on religious freedom

To mark International Religious Freedom Day, ShareAmerica spoke with the U.S. State Department’s Sam Brownback, ambassador at large for international religious freedom. Here are his answers, slightly edited for length, to our questions: Q: Why is defending freedom of religion an objective of U.S. diplomacy? A: With more than 80 percent of the world’s population living …

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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong Persons for Activities Related to Supporting the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The international community has long recognized that the Iranian regime uses the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) to transport proliferation-sensitive items intended for Iran’s ballistic missile and military programs.  A provision of UN Security Council Resolution 1929 mandates vigilance when doing business with IRISL and entities owned or controlled by IRISL under certain …

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U.S. Embassy donates walking aids for disabled people in Mtskheta-Mtianeti

As the United States marks Disability Awareness Month, the U.S. government remains committed to the social inclusion of people with disabilities at home and abroad. To contribute to social inclusion in Georgia, today, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), through its Humanitarian Assistance Program, handed over walking aids for use by disabled people …

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U.S. supports Indo-Pacific partners in COVID-19 fight

The United States is delivering 100 American-made ventilators to Bangladesh as part of the two countries’ growing cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and other challenges. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun announced the delivery during his October 12–16 visit to Bangladesh and India in support of two critical and long-standing U.S. alliances. “The United …

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First Lady Melania Trump: “My personal experience with COVID-19.”

It was two weeks ago when I received the diagnosis that so many Americans across our country and the world had already received—I tested positive for COVID-19. To make matters worse, my husband, and our nation’s Commander-in-Chief, received the same news. Naturally my mind went immediately to our son. To our great relief he tested …

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Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

GENEVA/MOSCOW, 13 October, 2020 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) released the following statement today: The Co-Chairs note with alarm the continuing violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Co-Chairs call on Azerbaijani President Ilham …

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Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

The Minsk Group Co-Chairs (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stéphane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) welcome the joint announcement by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, Armenian Foreign Minister Zorab Mnatsakanyan, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on a humanitarian ceasefire and call on the sides to execute …

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United States Co-Sponsors an Event to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of the United Nations and the 20th Anniversary of the UN Traffi

Today, the Missions to the United Nations of the United States, Peru, and Sierra Leone co-sponsored an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and the 20th anniversary of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.  The Protocol – a legally binding international instrument …

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol

STEPHEN BIEGUN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE Thank you, Ambassador Richmond, for the introduction. Good morning or evening to everyone participating from around the world, especially our distinguished speakers. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the landmark Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons in Palermo, Italy. The Protocol stands as proof of the tremendous achievements …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan helped open the twelfth Georgian border sector station funded by the U.S. government through DTRA

Today at Juta, Ambassador Kelly Degnan helped open the twelfth Georgian border sector station funded by the U.S. government through the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). On land and sea, the Georgian Border Police provide the Georgian people safety and security. When our partners are safer, so are the American people. This border station …

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Sanctions on Iran’s Financial Institutions

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is identifying the Iranian financial sector as subject to the terms of Executive Order (E.O.) 13902 and sanctioning 18 major Iranian banks, further depriving the Islamic Republic of Iran of funds to carry out its support for terrorist activities and nuclear extortion that threatens the world. These sanctions will take effect …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Impartial Polling Code of Ethics Signing Ceremony

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a very important day and I’m very pleased to be here for the signing of this Polling Code of Ethics. The researchers, the polling researchers, the polling organizations, the individual pollsters who have participated in this initiative over the last three months have done some very …

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Terrorist Attack in al Bab, Syria

MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack near a crowded traffic circle in al Bab yesterday, which according to initial reports killed more than 20 innocent people and injured scores more. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of all the victims of this senseless tragedy. We are deeply troubled by the rise in …

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U.S. sanctions supporters of Assad’s brutal regime

The United States is imposing additional sanctions against Syrian business and military officials who enable the Bashar al-Assad regime’s brutal crimes, including killings in countless Syrian communities. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the new sanctions September 30, following the three-year anniversary of the killing of at least 34 Syrians in the town …

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In Rome, Pompeo salutes defenders of religious freedom

Father Bernhard Lichtenberg endured imprisonment in Berlin during World War II rather than stop publicly supporting Jews and other victims of Nazi brutality. Condemned to a concentration camp, Lichtenberg died during his transfer from prison to Dachau rather than give up his fight for religious freedom. In September 30 remarks at a symposium organized by …

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Condemning the Attempt on the Life of International Woman of Courage Mayor Zarifa Ghafari

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States unreservedly condemns the latest attempted assassination of the mayor of Maidan Shar, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Mayor Zarifa Ghafari. She is a recipient of the 2020 International Women of Courage award, and this is the sixth assassination attempt she has survived. As I have said before, the future of Afghanistan will not …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Kakheti

Ambassador Degnan returned to Kakheti last week, visiting Akhmeta, Telavi, Kvareli, and Lagodekhi to see U.S. government investments that are helping farmers and small businesses expand their operations, create more jobs in their communities, and ensure Georgia’s economic prosperity and Western integration benefits all regions. In Akhmeta, dairy farmer Rati Rostomashvili gave the Ambassador a …

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Ambassador Degnan visits District Election Commission in Telavi

Ambassador Degnan met with the Chairs of the District Election Commission in Telavi to discuss their work to ensure free and fair Parliamentary elections in Kakheti, as part of the U.S. Embassy’s broader efforts to support democratic elections in Georgia.  She thanked Commission members for their commitment to assisting voters and ensuring a fair, transparent …

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Ambassador Degnan’s remarks to media at the cold storage facility opening in Kvareli

Question about the Cold Storage Facility Ambassador Degnan: I’m very happy to be here to celebrate another success story in the partnership between the United States and Georgia in the agricultural sector. This state-of-the-art cold storage unit is going to help farmers generate more revenue and create more jobs for communities in this region. The …

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Statement of the presidents of the Russian Federation, the United States of America and the French Republic on Nagorno-Karabakh

The President of the Russian Federation, the President of the United States of America, and the President of the French Republic, representing the Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, condemn in the strongest terms the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. We deplore the loss of …

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Moral Witness and Religious Freedom

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Ambassador Gingrich, for that incredibly kind introduction.  You’ve done wonderful work with this important symposium.  I’m glad to be here for the second time. To Your Eminence Cardinal Parolin, thank you for being here. It’s great to see you again too, Archbishop Gallagher. It’s wonderful to be with …

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Syria Sanctions Designations on the Anniversary of Assad’s Attack Against the People of Armanaz, Syria

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Three years ago yesterday, on September 29, 2017, Assad regime forces, backed by Russia, killed at least 34 Syrians in the town of Armanaz.  Since then, thousands of Bashar al-Assad’s bombs have been dropped on schools, hospitals, and markets across Syria.  Too many lives have been lost in Assad’s futile search for a military conquest over his own …

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Department of State Offers Rewards for Information to Bring Former Venezuelan Public Officials to Justice

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today the U.S. Department of State announces reward offers of up to $5 million each for information leading to the arrests and/or convictions of Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez and Eustiquio José Lugo Gómez.  In 2015, Motta Dominguez was named President of the National Electricity Corporation (Corpoelec) in Venezuela, and later in the same month, he …

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Rocket Attack in Iraq

MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We are outraged by yesterday’s rocket attack in Baghdad that killed civilians, including a mother and her children.  We express our condolences to the innocent Iraqi people and their families who were victims, once again, of these ruthless acts of violence.  The Iraqi people deserve to live in safety and security, so we call on …

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Addition to the Cuba Restricted List

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State is adding American International Services (AIS) to the Cuba Restricted List.  AIS is a financial institution controlled by the Cuban military that processes remittances sent to the Cuban people.  The Cuban military also uses AIS, its parent company FINCIMEX, and other entities to charge fees and manipulate the remittance and …

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China’s Empty Promises in the South China Sea

MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Five years ago on September 25, 2015, General Secretary Xi Jinping stood in the White House Rose Garden and stated “China does not intend to pursue militarization” of the Spratly Islands, and China’s outposts would not “target or impact any country.”  China has instead pursued a reckless and provocative militarization of those disputed outposts, they …

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This Week in Iran Policy

“The world needs to unite around the central idea that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the greatest threat, and when that regime changes its behavior, we have the chance to create true global stability in the region. It’s what President  @realDonaldTrump  asked us to do.” – Secretary Pompeo Tweet, September 21, 2020  Major New Human …

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U.S. Government donates new ultrasound systems to support Georgia in combating COVID-19

The United States donated new ultrasound systems to the Rukhi Republican Hospital and Kazbegi Municipality Medical Center to help them increase their capacity to treat patients with COVID-19 and treat patients in remote villages. The donated equipment is worth $50,000 and is used to manage COVID-19 related complications. The ultrasound systems will be a valuable …

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Ambassador Degnan at the Cybersecurity Forum 2020

Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan gave remarks at the Cybersecurity Forum 2020 which brought together Georgia’s senior-level officials and other stakeholders to discuss the important issue of cybersecurity and ways to better protect Georgia from cybersecurity threats. Ambassador Degnan spoke about the ways the United States has committed to helping Georgia strengthen its cybersecurity capabilities, …

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Pompeo: ‘The international human rights project is in crisis’

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is urging world leaders to recommit to protecting the human rights of all people. Pompeo called for nations to rededicate themselves to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights at a September 23 panel discussion on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting. “We must …

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President Trump to the U.N.: ‘We will defeat the virus’

President Trump vows to defeat COVID-19 and urges the United Nations to hold the People’s Republic of China accountable for its role in the early spread of the virus, leading to a global pandemic. In remarks to the United Nations General Assembly on September 22, Trump said that  three potential COVID-19 vaccines  supported by the United States are in the final stages of testing and that the …

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Core U.S. values echo in Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The  Universal Declaration of Human Rights  (UDHR), ratified in 1948, for the first time articulated the rights and freedoms to which every person is entitled. Influenced by the core values at the heart of the U.S. Constitution, the UDHR affirmed “the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace …

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Imposing Sanctions on Entities and Individuals Advancing Russia’s Malign Influence

Today, the United States imposed sanctions on a network connected to Russian operative Yevgeniy Prigozhin by targeting entities and individuals working on his behalf to advance Russia’s influence in the Central African Republic (CAR).  The United States is also targeting actors involved in supporting the activities of the Federal Security Service, also known as the …

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New U.S. sanctions seek to block Iranian regime’s weapons programs

The United States is imposing sanctions to block the Iranian regime’s nuclear, ballistic missile and conventional arms programs and to curb the spread of violence by Iran in the Middle East and beyond. President Trump issued an executive order September 21 supporting the indefinite extension of the U.N. arms embargo on Iran. Virtually all U.N. …

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Venezuela: A Democratic Crisis

INTRODUCTION The United States is working with a global coalition of countries in support of the Venezuelan people as they fight to restore democracy and rebuild the economy in their country, which currently suffers under the repressive and corrupt misrule of the dictator Nicolas Maduro and his illegitimate regime. We recognize and support interim President Juan Guaido and the National Assembly, which is the sole remaining legitimate …

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The United States Sanctions Additional Individuals Involved in the Illegitimate Maduro Regime’s Attempts to Corrupt Democratic Elections in Venezuela

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is sanctioning, José Bernabé Gutiérrez Parra, Miguel Antonio José Ponente Parra, Guillermo Antonio Luces Osorio, Chaim José Bucaran Paraguan, and Williams José Benavides Rondón for their complicity in enabling Maduro’s efforts to rob the people of Venezuela of their right to choose their leaders in free and fair elections.  This action …

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Vice President Pence Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Today, America mourns the passing of a true public servant, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Justice Ginsburg led an inspiring life, and her storied career paved the way for women in the law. As an advocate and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, she was a champion for women whose tireless determination reshaped our national …

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The United States Announces Additional Assistance to Respond to the Venezuela Crisis

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States remains the largest single donor of humanitarian and development assistance around the world, including for Venezuelans in need, because doing our part to respond to global crisis situations is a national security priority. The United States is demonstrating our continued commitment to the Venezuelan people and our response to the …

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Noble Partner 2020 closing ceremony

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American debates have changed much since the days when an Illinois lawyer held the nation spellbound with his moral arguments against slavery. That was 1858, and the arguments of Abraham Lincoln, who was debating Stephen Douglas, didn’t lead to Lincoln’s winning the Senate seat he sought. Nevertheless, transcripts were distributed throughout the country and became …

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  Time will not erase our memories of 9/11. 19 years later, we are still stronger together.  Today we remember and mourn all those killed or left permanently injured in the terrorist attacks on that fateful day. We honor the courage and selflessness of all the brave men and women, firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and citizens who selflessly volunteered in those first moments to …

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U.S. Government donates specially equipped vehicles to Georgian Border Police

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MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we remember and honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks in our country 19 years ago on September 11. We have made great strides to defeat al-Qa’ida and other terrorist groups that seek to do us harm, and our efforts to protect our homeland continue today. The men and …

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The Hypocrisy of the PRC’s Propaganda System

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Abduction of Opposition Leaders in Belarus

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is deeply concerned by the reported abduction September 7 in Belarus of Coordination Council member Mariya Kalesnikava, Spokesman Anton Rodnenkou, and Executive Secretary Ivan Krautsou, and the attempted forced expulsion over the border to Ukraine September 8. We commend the courage of Ms. Kalesnikava and of the Belarusian people in peacefully asserting …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits NATO EU Information Center

Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Zalkaliani to announce the U.S. Embassy and the InformationCenter on NATO and the EU will continue their partnership for two more years to provide information to Georgians at 13 regional centers about Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.  Georgia’s western integration process contributes to the …

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Update on U.S. Withdrawal from the World Health Organization

MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States has long been the world’s most generous provider of health and humanitarian assistance to people around the world.  This assistance is provided with the support of the American taxpayer with the reasonable expectation that it serve an effective purpose and reach those in need. Unfortunately, the World Health Organization has failed badly …

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Recent Developments in Venezuela

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Maduro regime’s announcement of conditional dismissal of criminal charges against roughly one-third of the political prisoners it holds does not solve, nor even address, Venezuela’s underlying political crisis.  Hundreds of political prisoners remain, and like those now offered house arrest or an end (for the moment) to their criminal cases, none of these Venezuelans …

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Imposing Sanctions on Entities for Engaging in Transactions Related to Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical Industry

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State imposed sanctions on five entities under section 3(a)(ii) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13846 for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petroleum or petroleum products from Iran.  The Department of State also imposed sanctions under section 5(a)(vii) of E.O. 13846 on three …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan met with Bishop Melkhisedek Khachidze of Margveti and Ubisa

Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan met with Bishop Melkhisedek Khachidze of Margveti and Ubisa. During the meeting, the Ambassador and the Bishop exchanged their views on a multitude of topics, including the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ambassador expressed her appreciation to Bishop Melkhisedek for his partnership, and particularly for his outspoken support for the Richard Lugar …

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Briefing With Nerissa Cook, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of International Organization Affairs; Garrett Grigsby, Director of the Office

Briefing With Nerissa Cook, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of International Organization Affairs; Garrett Grigsby, Director of the Office of Global Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services; and Dr. Alma Golden, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID On the U.S. Government’s Next Steps With Regard to Withdrawal From the World Health Organization   …

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Noble Partner 2020 Exercise begins

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U.S. Mission OSCE: Call for Belarus to Uphold its OSCE Election-Related Commitments and Respect Human Rights

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On China’s Continued Coercion of the United Kingdom

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is dismayed to learn that the Chinese Communist Party’s coercive bullying tactics against our friends in the United Kingdom continues. In the latest example, British bank HSBC has reportedly prevented Hong Kong-based executives at Next Media, a well-known publisher of pro-democracy publications, from accessing their credit cards and personal bank accounts. The …

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Proclamation on Women’s Equality Day, 2020

Recently, our Nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to our Constitution.  On the commemoration of this historic day, I was proud to issue a Proclamation honoring the women’s suffrage movement and sign a full pardon for one of its greatest leaders, Susan B. Anthony, who was unjustly convicted for voting on …

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MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On this third annual International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, the United States stands with the victims of terrorism and their families. The pain and suffering caused by terrorism is a heavy burden that the American people know all too well. We honor the strength and resilience of terrorism victims …

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Designations for Iranian Human Rights Offenders

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Friday, August 21 marks the annual Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. To both remember and honor these victims, today the U.S. Department of State is announcing visa restrictions on 14 Iranian individuals for their involvement in gross violations of human rights on behalf of the Iranian regime, the world’s leading …

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Syria Sanctions Designations

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Tomorrow will mark the seventh anniversary of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons attack in Ghouta which killed over 1,400 Syrians. Today, in memory of the victims of that brutality, the United States is announcing six sanctions against the Assad regime’s military, government, and financial supporters. As we continue to implement the goals of the Caesar …

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Special Tribunal for Lebanon Verdict

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the guilty verdict handed down by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) against Hizballah operative Salim Ayyash for his role in the February 14, 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. This act of terrorism also claimed the lives of 21 additional victims and resulted in injuries to 226 …

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  U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Kelly C. Degnan joined CEC Chairperson Tamar Zhvania in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a new USAID-supported cybersecurity server center. Georgia’s continued democratic development depends on greater resilience to malign influence, including cyberattacks. Ambassador Degnan highlighted the U.S. Government’s strong partnership with Georgia to protect the upcoming Parliamentary elections from …

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Ambassador Degnan participates in the opening of Georgia’s 18th McDonald’s restaurant Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan highlighted new jobs and opportunities created by the opening of the 18th Mcdonald’s restaurant in Georgia. The Ambassador was pleased to be a part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the expansion of the iconic American brand. Anew restaurant means …

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The United States Further Restricts Huawei Access to U.S. Technology

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Trump brokers historic Israel-UAE deal for peace and prosperity

President Trump has brokered a historic deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, normalizing relations between the two countries and laying a foundation for peace in the Middle East. “Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity — in this region, and in the world,” Trump said in an August 13 statement announcing …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Ministry of Internal Affairs Crime Laboratory

Ambassador Degnan visits Ministry of Internal Affairs Crime Laboratory   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan congratulates the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA) on achieving internationally recognized accreditation of their Fingerprint, Facial Recognition, and Questioned Documents/Handwriting examination sections during her visit to the MOIA Crime Laboratory. The U.S. Embassy has supported the development of criminal forensics …

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U.S. continues to lead global COVID-19 response

The United States has allocated $20.5 billion in aid to the global COVID-19 fight, including $53 million in Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development foreign assistance funding. “The United States continues to lead the world in the fight against COVID-19,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said August 5 while announcing the …

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AMBASSADOR CURRIE:  Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you joining us here at the State Department.  I am Kelley Currie, the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues here, and it’s my pleasure to welcome you here to the department today as we recognize and celebrate the progress and partnerships achieved through the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity …

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Explosion in Beirut

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to all those affected by the massive explosion at the port of Beirut today.  We are closely monitoring and stand ready to assist the people of Lebanon as they recover from this tragedy.  Our team in Beirut has reported to me the extensive damage to a …

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Expansion of the Scope of Iran Metals Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Nuclear, Military, and Ballistic Missile Programs and the IRGC

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and military programs pose a grave threat to international peace and security.  To address these threats, I am announcing a major expansion of the scope of State Department-administered Iran metals-related sanctions.  Today, the State Department is identifying 22 specific materials used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic …

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The United States Applauds the EU’s Action on Cyber Sanctions

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes today’s announcement from the European Union’s High Representative Josep Borrell regarding the body’s first designations under its cyber sanctions framework. The United States and the EU share a vision for an open, interoperable, reliable and secure cyberspace, and for responsible behavior on the international stage.  Destructive, disruptive, or otherwise …

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MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON, DC SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you very much.  Today I’m here to present the – and testify about the President’s 2021 Budget.  It requests nearly $41 billion for the State Department and USAID, enabling both agencies to protect U.S. citizens, increase American prosperity, and advance the development of democratic societies.  And critically, …

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Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael Kozak On the Administration’s Efforts to Promote Democracy

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Eight Nominations Sent to the Senate

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Gregory Autry, of California, to be Chief Financial Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, vice Jeffrey DeWit, resigned. Mark C. Christie, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2025, vice Bernard L. McNamee, term expired. Allison Clements, of Ohio, …

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Release of the JUST Act Report

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On July 29, the Department of State released a report to Congress pursuant to the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017, which was adopted by Congress with broad, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump in May 2018. The JUST Act Report  highlights the important actions taken by countries to provide restitution of or …

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Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing (July 28)

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 5:20 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Today my administration has taken a momentous step toward achieving American pharmaceutical independence — a very, very big, big step — a focus of our campaign to bring America’s critical supply chains and medical manufacturing back to the USA.  We’ve …

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Public Designation of Former Officials of the Illegitimate Maduro Regime Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption (July 28)

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, I am announcing the designation of former Venezuelan Minister of Electric Power and President of Corpoelec, Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez, and former Venezuelan Deputy Minister of Finance, Investment, and Strategic Alliances for the Ministry of Electric Power and Director of Procurement of Corpoelec, Eustiquio Jose Lugo Gomez.  They have been designated for accepting monetary benefits, including bribes and kickbacks, in exchange for awarding …

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Ambassador Degnan attends the World Hepatitis Day event at NCDC (July 28)

  Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined Minister of Health Ekaterine Tikaradze and representatives of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to mark World Hepatitis Day. Viral hepatitis remains a major global health threat, frequently labeled as a “silent epidemic”. Here in Georgia, the NCDC, with the support of the U.S. Centers for Disease …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Georgian Prime Minister Gakharia (July 27)

The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia. Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Gakharia discussed the importance of the U.S. Georgia partnership and our close coordination in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary Pompeo also highlighted the importance of …

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Celebrating the 231st Anniversary of the U.S. Department of State (July 27)

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the U.S. Department of State celebrates its 231st anniversary as the nation’s first executive agency. This milestone is an opportunity to reflect on the essential role of U.S. diplomacy in advancing the interests, security, and economic prosperity of the American people. I commend the State Department team for their extraordinary work to promote and …

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Ambassador Degnan speaks to young diplomats of Mikeladze Institute (July 24)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan discussed the role of diplomats in responding to international crisis such as COVID-19 with new and current Georgian Diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Mikaladze Institute.  Ambassador Degnan spoke about the new realities in diplomacy today and shared her reflections as a diplomat responding to international crises. During her virtual …

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Ambassador Degnan attends opening ceremony of USAID-supported Ken Walker University Clinic for Medical Rehabilitation (July 24)

Ambassador Degnan attends opening ceremony of USAID-supported Ken Walker University Clinic for Medical Rehabilitation (July 24) Today, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Kelly C. Degnan joined Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Health, Labor, and Social Affairs Ekaterine Tikaradze to attend the opening of the Ken Walker University …

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Communist China and the Free World’s Future (July 23)

Communist China and the Free World’s Future (July 23) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE YORBA LINDA, CALIFORNIA THE RICHARD NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM GOVERNOR WILSON: Well, thank you very much, Chris. Most generous. I’m not sure your grandfather would have recognized me. I have the great pleasure – in addition to welcoming all of you to the Nixon birthplace and …

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U.S. rejects China’s ‘unlawful’ claims in South China Sea (July 22)

U.S. rejects China’s ‘unlawful’ claims in South China Sea (July 22)   The United States is standing with its Southeast Asian partners and allies to reject the People’s Republic of China’s unlawful claims in the  South China Sea . U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo,  in a July 13 statement , said most of the PRC’s maritime claims are “completely unlawful” and …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks to the Media after the meeting with Public Defender Nino Lomjaria (July 21)

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks to the media after the meeting with Public Defender Nino Lomjaria (July 21)   Ambassador Degnan: Gamarjobat! I had a truly inspiring meeting with Public Defender and her team. The work they are doing here, the very important monitoring role that this office provides, is at the very heart of …

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Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Best Practices (July 20)

Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Best Practices (July 20)   Today, Vice President Mike Pence led a discussion with the chief executives of approximately 50 States, territories, and the city of Washington, DC, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to discuss local, State, and Federal Coronavirus response and …

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Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2020 (July 20)

Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2020 (July 20)   Today, our Nation celebrates the essential role that American space exploration plays in the history and character of our country.  We honor our brave astronauts and space industry professionals—both past and present—and we pledge to continue to lead the world in pioneering deeper into space, …

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Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights (July 20)

Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights (July 20) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State is publicly designating Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020.  This designation …

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U.S. Support for Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights in the Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 20)

U.S. Support for Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights in the Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 20)   “Authoritarian regimes are poorly designed to deal with the kind of crisis that this pandemic has engendered.  Democracies, where we are free to critique and comment … these are the kinds of places where scientists and freedom …

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Assad Regime’s Parliamentary Elections (July 20)

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Terrorist Attack near Azaz, Syria (July 20)

Terrorist Attack near Azaz, Syria (July 20) MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack near a marketplace in Sudju, near Azaz and the Bab al Salam crossing. Initial reports indicate the attack killed eight and injured over 80, some of whom are in critical condition. We extend our deepest sympathies to all those harmed …

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China’s economic blitzkrieg (July 20)

China’s economic blitzkrieg (July 20)   The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) exploited global business norms to drive its economic rise. Now the CCP is using its economic power to gain leverage over nations and businesses and limit freedoms around the world. In July 16 remarks  in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. Attorney General William Barr detailed how the CCP is …

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U.S. Government donates a new firetruck to support Georgia in combating wildfires (July 19)

U.S. Government donates a new firetruck to support Georgia in combating wildfires (July 19)   Wildfires have become an increasingly pressing issue for Georgia, posing a threat to the property and lives of Georgian citizens. To help the local government combat wildfires, the U.S. Government has donated a $232,170 firetruck, equipped with four-wheel drive and …

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Ambassador Degnan congratulates graduates of Rondeli Foundation’s National Security and Public Policy training program (July 17)

Ambassador Degnan congratulates graduates of Rondeli Foundation’s National Security and Public Policy training program (July 17)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan made opening remarks at the Rondeli Foundation’s graduation ceremony for its National Security and Public Policy training program. The Ambassador was honored to personally congratulate the graduates of the esteemed program. Supported by …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attends forum on “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia” (July 17)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attends forum on “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia” (July 17) Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan gave opening remarks at the launch of “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia,” a forum for promoting non-partisan public opinion polling as a key component of Georgia’s democratic development. A …

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Ambassador Degnan attends capstone exercise for two Georgian interns at Lugar Center (July 17)

Ambassador Degnan attends capstone exercise for two Georgian interns at Lugar Center (July 17)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined NCDC Director Dr. Amiran Gamkrelidze and Deputy Director Dr. Paata Imnadaze to attend the graduation ceremony and Internship Capstone Exercise for two Georgian students participating in the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAID) …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)   On her first visit to the city of Batumi, Ambassador Degnan met with educators, youth, journalists, civil society leaders, and elected officials. Her visit demonstrated the breadth and depth of the strong bond between the United States and Adjara, with ties in education, tourism, …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan makes the first visit to Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region (July 13)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan makes the first visit to Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region (July 13)   This week, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan toured Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region for the first time. The purpose of the Ambassador’s visit was to explore this magnificent region of the country and to learn more about its economic potential. She …

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Pompeo urges U.N. to extend arms embargo on Iran’s regime (July 9)

Pompeo urges U.N. to extend arms embargo on Iran’s regime (July 9)   U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is urging the United Nations Security Council to extend an arms embargo against Iran, warning that the regime poses a continuing threat to international peace and security. Pompeo told a June 30 meeting of the …

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