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2020-09-18

The United States and Brazil Reaffirm Strong Ties and Shared Democratic Values

“Together, we are seizing the opportunity to cement a future of security, prosperity, and democracy for our people and for the entire hemisphere.”

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President Donald J. Trump is Awarding the Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander

Today, President Donald J. Trump is awarding the Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, to His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait.

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OSCE Invokes Moscow Mechanism over Credible Reports of Human Rights Abuses and Election Irregularities in Belarus

On September 17, 17 participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including the United States, took the important step of invoking the OSCE’s “Moscow Mechanism” to establish an Expert Mission to look into credible reports of human rights abuses and violations, including election fraud, in Belarus. 

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2020-09-17

Treasury Targets Hizballah Executive Council Companies and Official

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned two Lebanon-based companies, Arch Consulting and Meamar Construction, for being owned, controlled, or directed by Hizballah. Additionally, OFAC designated Sultan Khalifah As’ad, a Hizballah Executive Council official, who is closely associated with both companies.

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The United States Designates Hizballah Companies and Official

Lebanon’s political leaders have long exploited the lack of transparency in Lebanon’s economy to conceal their self-enrichment, while pretending they are defending the rights of their people. Despite its claims to the contrary, the terrorist group Hizballah is every bit as involved in this deception as other actors.


The United States Sanctions Cyber Actors Backed by Iranian Intelligence Ministry

The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the world’s leading threats to cybersecurity and human rights online. Today, the United States is sanctioning the Iranian cyber threat group Advanced Persistent Threat 39 (APT39), 45 associated individuals, and a front company, Rana Intelligence Company (Rana) pursuant to Executive Order 13553.


Joint Statement on Internet Shutdowns in Belarus

We, the signatories, are deeply troubled by and condemn the recently reported and ongoing use of partial and complete Internet shutdowns, as well as targeted content blocking, by the Government of Belarus in the aftermath of the fraudulent 2020 Belarusian presidential elections.

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U.S. Africa Command leaders discuss partnership with French military

U.S. Africa Command leaders visited with French Chief of the Defense Staff, General Francois Lecointre, and other French senior officials to discuss continued U.S.-French cooperation in Africa.

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The United States Announces an Additional $5 Million for Education Cannot Wait

Today, the United States announced $5 million to support Education Cannot Wait during its High-Level Advocacy Discussion, “The Future of Education is Here for Those Left Furthest Behind,” a virtual meeting of global leaders, education experts, and young people on the margins of the 75th United Nations General Assembly. 

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Special Briefing with Timothy Lenderking, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs

Moderator: Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Dubai Regional Media Hub. I want to welcome our participants dialing in from the Middle East and around the world for this on-the-record briefing with Tim Lenderking, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Gulf Affairs and the Near East Bureau at the U.S. Department of State.

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