Under Secretary David Hale will travel to Ecuador May 22-23 to strengthen our growing bilateral partnership. He will meet with President Lenin Moreno and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Valencia and launch the new Bilateral Political Dialogue that President Moreno and Vice President Pence agreed to during Vice President Pence’s visit to Quito in June 2018.
The United States continues to closely watch the military operations by the Assad regime in northwest Syria, including indications of any new use of chemical weapons by the regime.
Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of May 19, 2019.
I send my sincere greetings to all those commemorating Cuban Independence Day. Today is both a cause for celebration and a time to remember and honor the brave men and women who fought in the name of Cuban liberty.
The United States condemns in the strongest terms last week’s terror attacks in Niger, as well as recent attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso, which have taken the lives of security forces defending their nations. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed, and wish a quick recovery to all who were wounded.
Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier will travel to Mexico City, Mexico on May 19-21. On May 20, Assistant Secretary Breier will speak at the Forbes Powerful Women Summit.
The Kingdom of Bahrain, in partnership with the United States, will host the “Peace to Prosperity” economic workshop in Manama on June 25 and June 26, 2019. This workshop is a pivotal opportunity to convene government, civil society, and business leaders to share ideas, discuss strategies, and galvanize support for potential economic investments and initiatives that could be made possible by a peace agreement.
More than 500 Nicaraguans unjustly languish in Daniel Ortega’s jails and courts on political charges. Yesterday, Nicaraguan police killed one of these political prisoners — U.S. citizen Eddy Montes.
Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated a Mexican magistrate judge and a former Mexican governor due to their involvement in corruption activities. OFAC designated Mexican magistrate judge Isidro Avelar Gutierrez pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) because of his actions on behalf of the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion
Washington, D.C. – Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer David Bohigian will travel to the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and St. Lucia from May 19 – 22.
The text of the following joint statement was issued by the governments of the Caribbean states and the United States on the Tenth Anniversary of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, following the Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue in Washington, DC on May 16, 2019.