Message for U.S. Citizens – Drop your ballots at the Embassy by noon on Friday, October 23

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Dropboxes are available at the public entrances to the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi and if you choose to drop off your ballot, it must be in a dropbox by noon on Friday, October 23. Dropoff is possible starting at 8:30 am. Place your …

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USAID supports the right of all people to participate in democratic elections and political processes

USAID supports the right of all people to participate in democratic elections and political processes. Along with our partners at the International Republican Institute, we encourage everyone to get out and vote on October 31!

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The U.S. fights Coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]

October 20 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. The donation builds on  U.S. efforts to ensure a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region  through close collaboration with partner nations. Congratulations Anika Chebrolu! The 14-year-old #IndianAmerican student wins the 2020 #YoungScientist Challenge and $25,000 for a discovery that may …

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U.S. empowers women to create lasting peace and security

The U.S. empowers women around the world through the United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS Strategy). In 2017, the U.S. government signed into law the  Women, Peace, and Security Act , becoming the first nation to enact a comprehensive law to promote women’s participation in conflict prevention and peace training. This whole-of-government approach to advance women’s meaningful …

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Why is the Chinese Communist Party afraid of ghosts?

Who doesn’t like a good scary movie? Or a tale of adventure that spans the dimensions of time and space? The Chinese Communist Party routinely censors movies, newspapers, television and social media within China that criticize its repression in Tibet, its crackdown in Tiananmen Square and, of course, its censorship. But why would the CCP …

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Ambassador Degnan discusses importance of protecting journalists during election period

“It is always important to ensure the safety of journalists. Journalists play a vital role in every democracy by keeping the public informed. This is especially true during the Parliamentary election period and when their work is made even more challenging by the COVID pandemic,” Ambassador Degnan told local civil society representatives during a briefing …

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Iran’s regime must stop persecuting the Baháʼí [video]

The Iranian regime has persecuted the Baháʼí religious community since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Members of the Baháʼí faith are arrested on false charges, such as “engaging in espionage.” Baháʼí students are prohibited from attending universities. The regime’s constitution  does not recognize the Baháʼí faith , even though the Baháʼí community is one of the largest religious minority groups in Iran. …

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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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Status of UN Arms Embargo on Iran

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On September 19, virtually all UN sanctions on Iran  returned , including re-imposition of the UN arms embargo. Accordingly, the export of  certain conventional arms  to Iran is a violation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1929 and the procurement of any arms or related materiel from Iran is a violation of UNSCR 1747. The United States is  prepared to use its domestic authorities to sanction  any …

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Ambassador Degnan meets representatives of Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary

A truly independent, transparent, and accountable judiciary is the foundation of every healthy democracy and the U.S. Embassy continues to work closely with Georgians on strengthening its judiciary. Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan met with representatives of the USAID-supported Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary, comprised of civil society organizations that play an important …

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Global humanitarian aid has never been more important [video]

The United States is the world’s largest single donor of humanitarian assistance. When more than 168 million people need humanitarian assistance and protection, every country has a responsibility to help. COVID-19 has created the need for even more help and made that help harder to deliver. Watch this video to learn more.

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Scientists who identified hepatitis C among U.S. Nobel winners

U.S. researchers’ contributions to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus paved the way for new testing and treatments that have saved millions of lives worldwide. On October 5, two Americans received the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their efforts fighting the disease. Americans Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice’s efforts …

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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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Venezuela’s crisis threatens nearby democracies

Democracy must be restored in Venezuela because undermining a democracy anywhere is a threat to democracy everywhere, experts say. “This is a country where Maduro has not only taken over most of the bigger opposition parties and tried to replace their leadership with his puppets,” the State Department’s  Michael G. Kozak said  on September 1, “he’s taken over illegally …

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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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U.S. Embassy Tbilisi Urges Full Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi echoes Georgia’s concern regarding the cancellation of the October 6-7 round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) due to the decision of one participant not to attend.  The American delegation was fully prepared to attend discussions in Geneva this week, as well as the discussions scheduled for September that were …

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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. universities move to protect students from China’s authoritarian reach

An assistant professor at Princeton University lets students use code names to shield their identities when discussing topics deemed controversial by the Chinese Communist Party. He’s not alone, says the Wall Street Journal. Why is this happening? Code names are one step U.S. universities are taking to protect foreign students from the authoritarian reach of the …

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Maduro targets journalists and doctors, new report says

The illegitimate Maduro regime has used the COVID-19 pandemic to crack down on anyone who doesn’t comply with Maduro, a Human Rights Watch report says. Since mid-March, “Venezuelan authorities have arbitrarily detained and prosecuted dozens of journalists, health care workers, human rights lawyers and political opponents who criticize the government of Nicolás Maduro,”  according to HRW . The organization …

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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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Readout of 2020 U.S.-Georgia Bilateral Defense Consultations

The Department of Defense and the Georgian Ministry of Defense conducted Bilateral Defense Consultations by video teleconference today. The consultations were chaired by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper and the Georgian First Deputy Minister of Defense Lela Chikovani. The purpose of the consultations was to discuss bilateral security cooperation priorities, share information on …

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What do U.S. vice presidents do?

The role of the American vice president was the butt of jokes in earlier times, but the job has evolved to bestow more power and carry more importance. Nelson Rockefeller at first resisted being recruited for the position, saying he was “just not built for standby equipment” before accepting the job in the middle of …

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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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Joint Statement Calling for a Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the Republic of France on October 5, 2020. Begin text:  The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Secretary of …

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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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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Outside Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi Event: A demonstration by the Alliance of Patriots (AOP) is expected to take place on Saturday, October 3 starting at approximately 5pm. U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid areas with a large police presence, which is an indicator of large gatherings, and to exercise caution if in the …

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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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U.N. rebukes Maduro for torture, executions, disappearances

Egregious human rights abuses continue to escalate in Venezuela at the hands of the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro, according to the United Nations. During an oral update on human rights in Venezuela on September 25, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights  Michelle Bachelet  said that since July 2, “we observed restrictions on freedom of expression, including …

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The United States and the Holy See: Promoting Religious Freedom and Defending Human Dignity

“On the issues of human dignity and religious freedom, these issues that transcend everyday politics, on the enduring struggle of the individual’s right to believe and worship, we must – and I know we will – march together.”  – U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, October 2, 2019 Secretary Pompeo will visit Vatican City …

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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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U.S. targets Iranian regime’s global cyberattacks

The U.S. is disrupting the Iranian regime’s state-sponsored hacking campaign that has targeted dozens of countries worldwide as well as human rights activists and others within Iran. The  U.S. Department of the Treasury has sanctioned more than 40 people  and the Rana Intelligence Computing Company, a front company, assisting Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security in hacking hundreds of people and entities in more than 30 …

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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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U.S. Embassy Tbilisi Statement on Parliament’s Adoption of Legislation to Amend the Labor Code

The U.S. Embassy commends Parliament for adopting amendments to the Georgian Labor Code to protect workers’ rights. Holding employers to internationally recognized labor standards is essential to achieving inclusive growth, enhancing economic stability, and improving the investment climate. For the first time, Georgian workers will be guaranteed overtime pay, layoff benefits, and paternity leave. The …

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Message for U.S. Citizens-Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee …

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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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Global Health Security Agenda Annual Report

Today, the White House released the fourth Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) annual report.  This report details the progress and impact of investments made by the United States in GHSA to protect against infectious disease threats and their subsequent adverse effects on global health, security, and the economy.  Since 2015, United States Government investments have helped …

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Afghanistan faces historic opportunity for peace

Peace talks underway between Afghanistan’s political leaders and the Taliban represent a historic opportunity for peace after 40 years of war, a senior U.S. official says. Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, told the U.S. Institute of Peace September 24 that the peace negotiations that began September 12 in Doha, Qatar, “require …

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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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Escalation of Violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan

MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is alarmed by reports of large scale military action along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone that has resulted in significant casualties, including civilians.  We extend our condolences to the families of those killed and injured. The United States condemns in the strongest terms this escalation of violence.  Deputy Secretary Biegun called the Foreign Minister …

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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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Feed the Future Initiative 10 Year Anniversary

This week we are highlighting the U.S. Government’s initiative Feed the Future which was launched 10 years ago to help partner countries create sustainable, long-term change to end chronic hunger and poverty. Since 2010 Feed the Future has provided over $3.5 billion in agricultural financing, helped farmers generate more than $13.7 billion in agricultural sales, …

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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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China’s Environmental Abuses

Beijing is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases; the largest source of marine debris; the worst perpetrators of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; and the world’s largest consumer of trafficked wildlife and timber products.  While the Chinese people have suffered the worst environmental impacts of its actions, Beijing also threatens the global economy …

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How Maduro has destroyed life inside Venezuela

The misrule, oppression and corruption of the illegitimate regime headed by Nicolás Maduro has caused widespread economic suffering and societal collapse in Venezuela. The 2019–2020 National Survey of Living Conditions (ENCOVI, for Encuesta Nacional de Condiciones de Vida) — published by researchers at Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas — details how basic infrastructure, the …

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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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China’s pattern of human rights abuse continues

Zhang Jialong, a former journalist and anti-censorship activist, faced trial in China in May after criticizing the Chinese government on Twitter. Chinese authorities reportedly charged Zhang with “ picking quarrels  and provoking trouble.” He is just the latest victim of the Chinese Communist Party’s continued detention of reporters, lawyers and human rights activists as part of the …

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COVID-19 vaccine research builds on U.S. successes

U.S. leadership in vaccine development and infectious disease treatment is vital to ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 worldwide. U.S. research is responsible for vaccines that protect the world’s citizens from deadly infectious diseases like yellow fever, measles and polio. In addition, the U.S. continues to invest billions worldwide to combat HIV/AIDS. Lessons learned from these …

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The United States Imposes Sweeping New Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Trump Administration has made clear that the United States will do whatever it takes to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism, from spreading death and mayhem throughout the Middle East and the world. Rather than wait for the day that Iran threatens the world with …

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Sweeping U.S. Measures to Support Return of UN Sanctions Relating to Iran’s Nuclear, Missile, and Conventional Arms Programs

“Our message is very, very simple: the United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles, and other kinds of conventional weapons. These UN sanctions will continue the arms embargo.”  – Secretary Pompeo, August 20, 2020. “When we’ve seen any country violate our current sanctions, the …

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Iran nuclear deal fueled regime’s violence

It was hoped that the Iran nuclear deal would “moderate” the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, but that didn’t happen. Instead, in the two years and 10 months before President Trump pulled the United States from the agreement on May 8, 2018, Iran’s leaders used revenues from the deal to  increase the regime’s military spending and terrorist financing . “During this nuclear deal …

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Southeast Asian countries challenge China over maritime claims

Southeast Asian countries are pushing back against the Chinese government’s aggression in the  South China Sea . A recent example of this aggression occurred in early April when the People’s Republic of China (PRC) sank a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands. “This incident is the latest in a long string of PRC actions …

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Report: Iran’s regime answers protests with ‘torture epidemic’

Iran’s regime arbitrarily arrested thousands of protesters following nationwide demonstrations in November 2019, torturing dozens and sentencing several to death, a new report says. Amnesty International, in a  report issued September 2 , says the Iranian regime prosecuted more than 500 protesters on sham charges and describes a “torture epidemic,” including flogging, electric shocks and mock executions.  “The Iranian authorities …

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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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The Return of UN Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Trump Administration has always understood that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East comes from Islamic Republic of Iran, whose violent efforts to spread revolution have killed thousands and upended the lives of millions of innocent people. History shows appeasement only emboldens such regimes. Thus today, the United States welcomes the return …

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Noble Partner 2020 closing ceremony

Today, Georgia’s Vaziani military base hosted the fifth Noble Partner closing ceremony and Live Fire Exercise. Each year this multi-national exercise demonstrates how allied forces are continuing to work and train together, even under the demanding conditions of the COVID pandemic. The Noble Partner exercise reaffirms U.S. commitment to Georgia as a key strategic partner, …

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U.S. Embassy ODC Hands Over Personal Protection Equipment to the Georgian Central Election Commission (CEC)

The United States is proud to continue to work with our Georgian partners to protect the health and safety of the people of Georgia. Today, the U.S. Embassy delivered the final batch of its PPE assistance to the Central Election Commission. This donation of over $73,000 worth of latex gloves, face shield masks, and disinfectants …

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The United States All-of-Government Response to COVID-19 in Pacific Island Countries

As the leader in global health and humanitarian response to COVID-19, the United States has acted swiftly to monitor, respond to, and mitigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Pacific Island countries. The Department of State is closely coordinating with U.S. interagency partners including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human …

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Joint Statement on Internet Shutdowns in Belarus

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine. Begin Text: We, the …

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Who gets to use messaging apps in Iran?

Iranian lawmakers have proposed banning all foreign-owned social messaging apps and replacing them with domestic versions run by the regime. Dozens of lawmakers have signed the August 24 proposal to create a committee to license and monitor domestic social networking sites and impose punishments of up to two years in prison for violating the new …

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The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is proud to announce that the Jvari Monastery preservation project was selected by Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The ongoing preservation works also funded by the U.S. Government will now extend to cover the entire outer sandstone masonry of the building, including all four facades and all eight sides …

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MS ORTAGUS: Thank you so much and good afternoon, everybody. I know we’re having this call right after we did the press conference with the Secretary and we have another briefing later today, so apologies that we’re piling all of you up today. We’re going to try to allow for as much time as possible for …

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Women play increasingly important roles in all branches of the U.S. military, with another milestone in 2020. In July, a National Guard soldier became the first woman to complete a Special Operations training course and join an operational team since that became possible with the 2015 lifting of the combat ban. She is also the …

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Maduro calls Venezuelans with COVID-19 ‘bioterrorists’

The illegitimate Maduro regime wants Venezuelans to denounce their neighbors who are sick with COVID-19, calling them “bioterrorists.” Nicolás Maduro’s National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela  encouraged citizens  to look for sick Venezuelans, saying a returning migrant “is a bioterrorist who puts everyone’s health at risk.” They also provided an email address and asked anyone with information …

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Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very useful and important meeting of the working group, and we appreciate having a chance to continue the discussion about this critically important draft legislation. It is designed to further strengthen Georgia’s judicial process by improving transparency and accountability even further. There have been some …

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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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DTRA supports NCDC and Lugar Center with virus neutralization test kit

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is supporting Georgian national research studies at the National Center for Disease Control/Lugar Center on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.  DTRA donated three surrogate virus neutralization test kits, manufactured in New Jersey, which offer a novel technology for determining neutralization antibody levels to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This offers key …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan traveled to Guria

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Anniversary of 9/11

  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

Today, A/DCM Catherine Schweitzer, Defense Attaché COL Stephanie Bagley, and Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Ioseb Chelidze witnessed the Georgian Emergency Management Services receive their primary transportation and delivery systems from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. In addition to the ceremony for the official transfer, A/DCM Schweitzer also saw firsthand the use of the equipment …

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Nineteenth Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks

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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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media upon Meeting Governor Zurab Nasaraia

Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I have had a wonderful visit to Guria, from start to finish. Very interesting to learn about some of the efforts here to generate development in the tourism area, to improve vocational training for the wide variety of services that will be needed to support greater tourism, to …

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China’s construction companies sow chaos worldwide

Construction firms owned by the People’s Republic of China are harming the environment and threatening the economies and sovereignty of nations worldwide. China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) is advancing the PRC’s military expansion into the South China Sea through large-scale dredging, construction and militarization of artificial islands and disputed outposts. Further, CCCC drives Beijing’s “One …

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U.S. opposes forced labor in Xinjiang

The U.S. government is taking steps to address forced labor camps in China’s Xinjiang region. The Chinese Communist Party is repressing millions of Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic minorities there, using “re-education” camps, forced sterilization, and destruction of religious sites. The U.S. is blocking the import of goods made with forced labor, sanctioning Chinese …

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U.S. labs focus on making the indoors safer

The Global Innovation Index ranks the United States as the highest-spending country on research and development. With research and development spending of more than a half-trillion dollars in a recent year, as reported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. labs have turned to the challenges posed by the new coronavirus. Private businesses do the lion’s …

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U.S. helps refugees, migrants during COVID-19 crisis

The U.S. Department of State has provided $350 million in migration and refugee assistance (MRA) funding for the international COVID-19 response in countries around the world since the onset of the pandemic. U.S. funding provides protection and addresses increased vulnerability created by the pandemic for refugees, migrants and host communities through international organization partners, including …

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Database offers transparency on U.S. foreign aid

After a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, the U.S. government gave the country $1 billion in aid, with the U.S. Department of Defense sending the most money, according to the  Foreign Aid Explorer  database. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s database can tell you which U.S. government agency spent the most on foreign aid in a given …

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U.S. seeks to deter Iranian regime’s religious persecution

The United States has imposed sanctions on senior Iranian officials responsible for continuing the regime’s long-standing persecution of religious minorities. Iran’s constitution states that it protects the equal rights of “all people of Iran.” Yet since 1979 the regime has systematically harassed, arrested and executed members of religious minorities, the U.S. Commission on International Religious …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting the Auditor General

Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very informative and interesting meeting with the Auditor General, looking into the importance of accountability and transparency in the government institutions. USAID and the United States have been working with the State Auditor’s Office since 2011 on building this capacity, and it is truly inspiring …

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The Hypocrisy of the PRC’s Propaganda System

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Chinese Communist Party’s main propaganda newspaper, the People’s Daily, refused to run an Op-ed written by our Ambassador in Beijing, Terry Branstad, citing a litany of grievances. Ironically, the Op-ed called for more positive relations between our two countries and asked to “build relationships through unrestricted engagement and uncensored discussion.” The People’s Daily’s …

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U.S. moves closer to safe, effective coronavirus vaccine

The final stage of testing is underway in the United States on three potential vaccines for COVID-19, a major step toward delivering a vaccine to the world in record time. The U.S. National Institutes of Health announced August 31 that AstraZeneca was starting phase 3 clinical testing of a potential vaccine. It was one of …

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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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The global reach of the Chinese government’s hackers and thieves

Hackers and intellectual property thieves with the People’s Republic of China are attacking countries worldwide. Thieves working to advance the PRC’s military and economic development goals have targeted a German pharmaceutical giant, semiconductor producers in Taiwan, and high-tech manufacturers in countries from the U.S. to South Korea to Australia. U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo …

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Noble Partner 2020 Official beginning

ღირსეული პარტნიორი 2020-ის გახსნა ღირსეული პარტნიორი 2020-ის გახსნა#NoblePartner 20 #ძალაპარტნიორობაშია #StrengththroughPartnership Posted by საქართველოს თავდაცვის სამინისტრო / Ministry of Defence of Georgia on Sunday, September 6, 2020 Today, September 7, is the official opening of the Joint Exercise “Noble Partner 2020.”  Noble Partner 20 is an exercise cooperatively led by the Georgian Defense Force and U.S. Army Europe and hosted at Georgia’s Vaziani and Camp Norio training areas.  …

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Labor Day 2020

Today the United States celebrates Labor Day. This holiday is a time for workers, employers, and governments to re-commit to workers and labor rights, including their safety and health in the workplace. The U.S. labor movement created our annual Labor Day holiday, which is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Oregon …

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5 ways the U.S. supports literacy around the world

The late Barbara Bush, wife of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush,  once said , “If we don’t give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.” The American people, U.S. businesses and organizations share Mrs. Bush’s sentiment and work in myriad ways to help the 750 …

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The United States Responds to the Maduro Regime’s Attempts To Corrupt Democratic Elections in Venezuela

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States Responds to the Maduro Regime’s Attempts to Corrupt Democratic Elections in Venezuela Today, the United States is sanctioning, under Executive Order 13692, David Eugenio de Lima Salas, Reinaldo Enrique Muñoz Pedroza, Indira Maira Alfonzo Izaguirre, and Jose Luis Gutierrez Parra in light of their involvement in Maduro’s efforts to manipulate the Venezuelan National Assembly and …

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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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U.S. Embassy statement on September 1, 2020 cyberattack against Georgian Ministry of Health

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is appalled by reports of a cyberattack carried out on September 1 against the computer system of the Georgian Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs. The irresponsible attack attempted to illegally access pandemic management information stored in the databases of the Ministry …

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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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USDA Helps Build National Plant Health Policy in Georgia

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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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Recognizing America’s resilient workers on Labor Day

On Labor Day, which falls on the first Monday in September in the United States, many workers will take a well-earned rest and all Americans will reflect on the importance of workers’ rights. This year, Labor Day will be an especially fitting time to honor the resilient workers who have helped America stay strong during …

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Cuba’s ‘outrageous’ bid to join the U.N. Human Rights Council

In spite of its dismal record on human rights, Cuba’s government is seeking a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2021–2023 term. “It’s outrageous that the Human Rights Council would offer to seat Cuba, a brutal dictatorship that  traffics its own doctors  under the guise of humanitarian missions,” Secretary of State Michael R.  Pompeo said  on August …

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Noble Partner 2020 Exercise begins

On September 1, as a part of exercise Noble Partner 2020, a total of 200 paratroopers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade parachuted into Vaziani Training Area.  Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined Minister of Defense Irakli Gharibashvili, NATO LANDCOM Commander Lieutenant General Roger Cloutier, and U.S. Defense Attaché to Georgia COL Stephanie Bagley to view …

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Industry Advisory on North Korea Ballistic Missile Procurement

Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security are issuing an advisory on North Korea’s ballistic missile procurement activities. The advisory identifies key procurement entities and deceptive techniques used by North …

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U.S. curbs Iranian regime’s weapons ambitions

The U.S. is taking action against the Iranian regime’s weapons programs to stop it from spreading violence across the Middle East and beyond. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo recently announced new sanctions blocking trade with Iran in certain metals that support the regime’s weapons programs. The U.S. has also moved to extend the …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Celebration of Entry into Force the Code on the Rights of the Child

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a milestone event, and I am very pleased to be here to celebrate with so many others who have worked so hard on the passage and entry into force of Georgia’s Code of the Rights of Children. This has taken a lot of work by many …

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

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 recovery best practices. The Vice President discussed continued efforts to protect the most vulnerable including the …

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This Week in Iran Policy

“The one-sided nuclear deal didn’t bring security for America, stability in the Middle East, or a change in the regime’s behavior – it never will. Re-establishing the  @UN  Arms Embargo on Iran puts pressure Iran to behave like a normal country and come back to the bargaining table.” –Secretary Pompeo Tweet, August 27, 2020 DESIGNATIONS FOR …

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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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Confucius Institutes advance Chinese propaganda on campuses

The People’s Republic of China must now reveal more about its role in supporting Confucius Institutes’ activities on U.S. college campuses, which include propaganda and censorship. The U.S. Department of State on August 13 designated the Washington-based headquarters of the Confucius Institute network a foreign mission of the PRC. Under the designation , the Confucius Institute U.S. Center …

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Exercise Noble Partner 2020 begins

WIESBADEN, Germany — Approximately 2,800 military members from the nations of Georgia, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States will participate in exercise Noble Partner Sept. 7-18, in Georgia. Noble Partner 20 is a Georgian Defense Force and U.S. Army Europe cooperatively-led exercise hosted at Vaziani and Camp Norio training areas in Georgia. U.S. …

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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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U.S. helps allies fight cyberattacks

Cybersecurity experts from the U.S. Cyber Command are working with other nations to identify malware and network attacks. Cyberattacks undermine elections and threaten democracy. By working with host nations, Cyber Command has identified more than 40 malware samples since 2018. The best way to fight cyberattacks  and false information campaigns is to expose the weapons used in the attack. When an …

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Regimes target the faithful in Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela

Freedom of religion is under attack in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, due to authoritarian regimes determined to control expressions of faith. Dictators in the countries, or their proxies, have burned churches and harassed or teargassed worshipers, U.S. Agency for International Development Acting Administrator John Barsa told an August 20 discussion on religious freedom in 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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Confirmation of Reports on the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is deeply concerned by reported preliminary conclusions from German medical experts that Russian opposition activist Aleksey Navalny was poisoned. If the reports prove accurate, the United States supports the EU’s call for a comprehensive investigation and stands ready to assist in that effort. Mr. Navalny’s family and the Russian people deserve to see a full and transparent investigation carried out, …

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Joey Hood and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq David Copley, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs On the Recent U.S.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Joey Hood and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq David Copley, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs On the Recent U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue   MR BROWN:  Thank you.  Good afternoon everyone and thanks for joining us today for this on-the-record briefing on the U.S.-Iraq strategic dialogue which, as you’ll recall, Secretary Pompeo hosted …

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Designations of Iranian Human Rights Violators

On August 21, the U.S. Department of State announced 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 state sponsor of terrorism.  This action was taken pursuant to Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations …

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Countries worldwide call for democracy in Venezuela

Thirty-three countries from around the globe, including members of the Lima Group and the International Contact Group and some European Union member states, signed a joint declaration calling for democracy in Venezuela. The declaration , released August 14, is a call “to put the interests of Venezuela above politics and engage urgently in support of a process …

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U.S. Embassy condolence statement

On behalf of the entire community of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, I wish to express our deepest condolences for the tragic loss of seventeen lives in Shatili on August 23. We hold in our thoughts those who perished, as well as those who mourn their loss, during this difficult time. May you find comfort …

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Ukraine’s Independence Day

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the United States government and the American people, I send my congratulations to the people of Ukraine on the 29th anniversary of your nation’s independence. Our support for a free, resilient, and democratic Ukraine is unwavering.  We remain fully committed to diplomatic efforts to end Russia’s ongoing aggression in eastern Ukraine.  As …

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U.S. moves to ‘snap back’ U.N. sanctions on Iranian regime

The U.S. is restoring U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran to ensure the regime cannot buy and sell advanced weapons systems or build a nuclear bomb. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the move at the United Nations on August 20 and called for international support in addressing the Iranian regime’s …

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This Week in Iran Policy

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International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

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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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The United States is leading the global response to COVID-19 with foreign assistance funding. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and other foreign assistance. Our global efforts build upon decades of U.S. investment in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance, and we continue to ensure …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks at Signing Ceremony for Bakhvi 1 Hydropower Facility

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very happy to be here for the signing of the feasibility study about the Bakhvi One Hydropower Plant. It’s a sign not only of Georgia’s leadership in this area of green energy, but also another step in the cooperation between Georgia and the United States and …

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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of the Republic of Iraq Before Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s great to have the Prime Minister of Iraq, a very highly respected gentleman all over the Middle East, and respected very much by our country, too. I can say that. And we will be discussing, today, the obvious: defense — and offense, I have to say. But we’ll …

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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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Assassinations in Iraq

We are outraged by the targeted assassinations of civil society activists and attacks on protesters in Basrah and Baghdad.  It is unconscionable that the perpetrators of these horrible acts continue to act with impunity. Since October of last year, peaceful demonstrators have taken to the streets to urge government reform.  They have been met with …

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How the Chinese Communist Party steals science

Researchers at the U.S. and Singapore–based company Avago spent more than 20 years developing technology to improve wireless communication. But an employee stole that technology to benefit the Chinese government. U.S. officials cited that theft as one example of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) “expansive approach” to stealing technology and intellectual property. Its goal? To …

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Joint Statement on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq. Begin Text: The Government of Iraq, led by Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, and the Government of United States, led by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, held a meeting of the Higher Coordinating Committee …

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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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Maduro’s election plan: No participation, no choice

The illegitimate Maduro regime has been promoting its unconstitutional reshaping of the election of Venezuela’s National Assembly members with the social media tag #ParticipaYElige — “participate and choose.” Nicolás Maduro’s attempt to undermine the election process of National Assembly members is further evidence of the regime’s deepening corruption, said Elliott Abrams, the U.S. Department of …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan participates in opening of Central Election Commission’s (CEC) Cybersecurity Server Center

  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

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

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Trump Administration sees Huawei for what it is – an arm of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) surveillance state – and we have taken action accordingly. Today, our government enacted several measures to protect U.S. national security, our citizens’ privacy, and the integrity of our 5G infrastructure from Beijing’s malign influence. The Department of …

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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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U.S. sanctions leaders of China’s Hong Kong crackdown

The United States has imposed sanctions against Chinese Communist Party officials for their role in the crackdown on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms. The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued sanctions August 7 that target Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and 10 other senior officials, including several who helped develop or implement the  Hong Kong National Security Law  passed …

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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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China’s Houston consulate a center of malign activity

China’s Houston consulate a center of malign activity   The Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, “was a hub of spying and intellectual property theft,” said U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo. The July 23 closure of the consulate is part of U.S. efforts to push back against the Chinese Communist Party’s violations of U.S. …

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Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun at the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Virtual Event

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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