ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Thank you Mr. Ambassador and good afternoon everyone,
Mr. Governor, Mr. Mayor, Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, distinguished guests, it is truly an honor to join all of you here, thank you for your hospitality.
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Angolan President João Lourenço in Luanda, Angola. Secretary Pompeo and President Lourenço agreed to broaden and deepen the U.S.-Angola bilateral partnership. The Secretary welcomed continued political and economic reforms undertaken by President Lourenço since taking office in 2017, including improving governance and the business environment, while increasing transparency and combating corruption.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Thanks. Good morning, everyone. This is very special, my first stop in this trip here to Senegal to talk about the power of the private sector – of the private sector to drive economic growth and value for the United States and for the people of Senegal and for your country. We’ve got some great work that’s been done.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Senegalese President Macky Sall in Dakar, Senegal. Secretary Pompeo and President Sall discussed ways to deepen the bilateral trade relationship and to promote mutually beneficial investment.
FOREIGN MINISTER BA: (Via interpreter) (In progress) opportunity to welcome him once more on behalf of the republic, His Excellency Mr. Macky Sall, on behalf of the cabinet, and personally, and on behalf of – and of all Senegalese populations, I would like to welcome him in the Senegalese land of hospitality.
The United States strongly condemns the detention of Juan Jose Marquez, uncle of interim President Juan Guaido, and demands his immediate release. The preposterous charges that have been put forward further exemplify the increasing desperation of Maduro and his corrupt associates. Manufacturing evidence to justify arbitrary, politically-motivated detentions is a common tool of the illegitimate former Maduro regime. We have seen it used against Roberto Marrero, Juan Requesens, Gilber Caro, and Ismael Leon, who make up a small portion of the over 350 political prisoners in Venezuela today. Such deplorable acts only delay a resolution to the tragic crisis in Venezuela that Maduro and his collaborators insist on perpetuating.
Last week, thanks to a joint effort of federal and local authorities and private organizations and companies, 17.8 tons of personal protection equipment and medical supplies were delivered, and more than 800 people were evacuated from Wuhan, China, amidst the Novel Coronavirus outbreak.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning, everyone. It’s great to be with you all.
Foreign dignitaries, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, members of Congress, who are with us here today, it’s my honor to be here this morning.
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri, an act of mass murder that resulted in the deaths of 21 others and injuries of 266 victims in Beirut.
The Department of State has designated Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, current Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and Acting Chief of Defense Staff, as required under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, due to credible information of his involvement, through command responsibility, in gross violations of human rights, namely extrajudicial killings, by the 58th Division of the Sri Lanka Army during the final phase of Sri Lanka’s Civil War in 2009.