On the occasion of Monaco’s 163rd National Day, la Fête du Prince, I extend my sincerest congratulations to Monaco on behalf of the people and the Government of the United States of America.
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
President Ashraf Ghani and Secretary of State Pompeo spoke November 18, to review the steps necessary to implement President Ghani’s decision to release three high-level Taliban detainees.
Today, the United States welcomes the release of Professors Kevin King and Timothy Weeks. King, an American, and Weeks, an Australian, were professors at the American University of Afghanistan when they were kidnapped at gunpoint in August 2016.
Today, the United States welcomes the release of Professors Kevin King and Timothy Weeks. Both men were successfully recovered this morning, are in the care of the U.S. military, and will soon be reunited with their loved ones.
ARABIAN GULF – The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) completed a scheduled transit through the Strait of Hormuz into the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 19.
The Strait of Hormuz is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, with one-fifth of the world’s energy supply transiting through the strait annually. This waterway is critical to ensuring and safeguarding the stability of global commerce.
“It is important to be clear on serious matters, and today’s announcement regarding Israeli settlements is a serious matter. Israel is a beacon of democracy in a region where other leaders—from Hamas to Iran—do not even acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.
Today, the United States sanctioned nine individuals and organizations who were providing material support to the terrorist group ISIS in the Middle East and South Asia. ISIS remains a threat to global security and stability, and the United States continues to work closely with the countries of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS (D-ISIS) to ensure we are protecting our people from this heinous terrorist group.
The United States supports the Iranian people in their peaceful protests against the regime that is supposed to lead them.
The U.S. Embassy calls for the immediate release of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili, a well-known Georgian physician and president of the Association of Orthopedists and Traumatologists of Georgia, who was sentenced by the de facto authorities in Georgia’s South Ossetia region on November 15 to two months of pretrial detention.
Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
The Department is publicly designating Julio Cesar Gandarilla Bermejo, Minister of Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior (MININT), under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, as carried forward by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, due to his involvement, by command responsibility, in gross violations of human rights in Venezuela.