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International Commitment to Protect Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Today we mark the first International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. This day serves as a reminder of the need to promote and protect the unalienable right of religious freedom, and the consequences when countries fail to do so.

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

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Canada and the United States: Strengthening Our Alliance

“The United States and Canada share one of the most successful partnerships between any two nations in the world. We are proud to partner with Canada to promote democracy, human rights, and respect for the rule of law around the globe. ”

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Department Press Briefing – August 21, 2019

MS ORTAGUS: Good afternoon, everybody. Secretary Pompeo will travel to Ottawa, Canada, tomorrow for meetings with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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Joint Statement on the C5+1 High-Level Security Discussion in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan on the occasion of a C5+1 High-Level Security Discussion held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on August 21, 2019.

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Paraguay’s Designation of Hizballah as a Terrorist Organization

We commend Paraguay for designating Hizballah, al-Qa’ida, ISIS, and Hamas as terrorist organizations. This important step will help cut off the ability of these groups to plot terrorist attacks and to raise money around the world, including in the Western Hemisphere.

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Rewards for Justice: Reward Offer for Information Leading to Identification or Location of ISIS Deputies

The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the identification or location of key ISIS leaders Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, Sami Jasim Muhammad al-Jaburi, and Mu‘taz Numan ‘Abd Nayif Najm al-Jaburi.

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Syria: Anniversary of the Ghouta Chemical Weapons Attack

Six years ago, on August 21, 2013, the Assad regime launched a horrific chemical attack with the nerve agent sarin on the Ghouta district in Damascus – killing more than 1,400 Syrians, many of them children.

On the Prosecution of Cuban Journalist Roberto Quinones

The U.S. government strongly condemns the prosecution of Roberto Quinones. We call upon the Cuban regime to immediately release Mr. Quinones and to cease their abuse and mistreatment. On April 22, Cuban police arrested journalist Roberto Quinones. His “crime” was reporting a story regarding a pastor and his wife who were imprisoned for home-schooling their child.

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USOSCE Ambassador James Gilmore Discusses U.S.-German Shared Security Interests with Ambassador Gesa Bräutigam of Germany – a “Close Friend and Ally”

USOSCE Ambassador James Gilmore met August 14 with Ambassador Gesa Bräutigam, Germany’s newly-arrived Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), to discuss ways in which the United States and Germany cooperate to advance a broad range of shared security interests across the OSCE region.

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