On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend our enduring support to the people of Venezuela, interim President Juan Guaido, and the democratically elected National Assembly as you commemorate the 209th anniversary of your independence on July 5.
High Commissioner Bachelet’s July 2 report vividly documents the continuing deterioration of human rights in Venezuela under the corrupt leadership of Nicolas Maduro. Despite the High Commissioner’s expressions of serious concern last year, the report makes clear the Maduro regime continues to torture, terrorize, and kill its political opponents.
On July 1, the U.S. Government and representatives of the LNA met virtually for discussions on militia demobilization. Battlefield developments and progress in the UN-facilitated 5+5 talks have created a renewed opportunity and an imperative to address issues related to militias across Libya.
SECRETARY POMPEO: I am good. And seeing as we’re now on the Fourth of July, or quickly approaching, I thought I’d lead off with some thoughts on America’s founding principles for us this morning. The United States was the first nation established on the premise that government exists to protect our God-given, unalienable rights. I’ll have more to say about that in just a couple weeks.
Today marks a landmark achievement for the countries of North America to increase manufacturing and investment in our region. On July 1, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) came into force, fulfilling President Trump’s promise to modernize and update trade agreements.
Moderator: Hello. I would like to welcome journalists to today’s virtual press briefing with Jonathan Henick, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia from the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the State Department. You can also view this briefing in Russian by clicking on the flag below to change the language. [Speaking in Russian.]
United States Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook visited Vienna, Austria, on July 1, 2020, for consultations on Iran.
The Government of Turkey has administered the Hagia Sophia as a museum – officially recognized by UNESCO as part of the Historic Areas of Istanbul World Heritage Site – in an outstanding manner for nearly a century. We urge the Government of Turkey to continue to maintain the Hagia Sophia as a museum, as an exemplar of its commitment to respect the faith traditions and diverse history that contributed to the Republic of Turkey, and to ensure it remains accessible to all.
Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Brian Hook held discussions on Iran with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi in Jerusalem, Israel on June 30, 2020.
Today, the U.S. Department of State, along with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is issuing an advisory to caution businesses about the risks of supply chain links to entities that engage in human rights abuses, including forced labor in Xinjiang and elsewhere in China.