On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the government and people of the United Arab Emirates on the 49th anniversary of your founding.
The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of India.
Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker will travel to Muscat, Oman, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from December 1-7.
Ambassador Birx: Thank you very much, Marissa, and really, good afternoon to all of you. I wish I was on the continent right now, as we have been for many a World AIDS Day, to really recognize the hard work that Africa has done in combating HIV/AIDS.
Today, the United States is sanctioning CEIEC for supporting the illegitimate Maduro regime’s efforts to undermine democracy in Venezuela. These efforts include restricting internet service and conducting digital surveillance against political opponents of the regime. CEIEC has provided software, training, and technical expertise to the regime’s entities. It provides cyber support and technical experts to state-run telecommunications provider Venezuelan National Telephone Company (CANTV) which controls 70 percent of internet service in Venezuela and frequently blocks online independent newspapers and speeches by opposition members.
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated CEIEC for supporting the illegitimate Maduro regime’s efforts to undermine democracy in Venezuela, including its efforts to restrict internet service and conduct digital surveillance and cyber operations against political opponents. Chinese technology companies, including CEIEC, continue to challenge democratic values of freedom and transparency by developing and exporting tools to monitor, censor, and surveil citizens’ activities on the internet.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will take part in the virtual NATO Foreign Ministerial December 1-2, 2020. The Secretary will join Allied foreign ministers to discuss the challenges to Transatlantic security, including an evolving threat environment.
On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the people and government of the Central African Republic as you celebrate your national day.
The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to emphasize the importance of unity and a common approach to security within the NATO Alliance ahead of the December 1-2 Foreign Ministerial.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani on Tuesday, December 1 for the virtual opening of the first U.S.-Bahrain Strategic Dialogue.