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.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
“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. ”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.