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Monaco National Day

On the occasion of Monaco’s 163rd National Day, la Fête du Prince, I extend my sincerest congratulations to Monaco on behalf of the people and the Government of the United States of America.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
President Ashraf Ghani and Secretary of State Pompeo spoke November 18, to review the steps necessary to implement President Ghani’s decision to release three high-level Taliban detainees.

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Release of Two Hostages from the Taliban

Today, the United States welcomes the release of Professors Kevin King and Timothy Weeks. King, an American, and Weeks, an Australian, were professors at the American University of Afghanistan when they were kidnapped at gunpoint in August 2016.

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Celebrating the Release of American and Australian Hostages

Today, the United States welcomes the release of Professors Kevin King and Timothy Weeks. Both men were successfully recovered this morning, are in the care of the U.S. military, and will soon be reunited with their loved ones.

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Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Transits the Strait of Hormuz

ARABIAN GULF – The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) completed a scheduled transit through the Strait of Hormuz into the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 19.
The Strait of Hormuz is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, with one-fifth of the world’s energy supply transiting through the strait annually. This waterway is critical to ensuring and safeguarding the stability of global commerce.

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Statement by Ambassador Kelly Craft

“It is important to be clear on serious matters, and today’s announcement regarding Israeli settlements is a serious matter. Israel is a beacon of democracy in a region where other leaders—from Hamas to Iran—do not even acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.

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U.S. Designates ISIS Facilitators in Advance of Counter ISIS Finance Group Meeting

Today, the United States sanctioned nine individuals and organizations who were providing material support to the terrorist group ISIS in the Middle East and South Asia. ISIS remains a threat to global security and stability, and the United States continues to work closely with the countries of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS (D-ISIS) to ensure we are protecting our people from this heinous terrorist group.

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Protests in Iran

The United States supports the Iranian people in their peaceful protests against the regime that is supposed to lead them.

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The US Embassy Statement on Detention of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili (November 16)

The U.S. Embassy calls for the immediate release of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili, a well-known Georgian physician and president of the Association of Orthopedists and Traumatologists of Georgia, who was sentenced by the de facto authorities in Georgia’s South Ossetia region on November 15 to two months of pretrial detention.

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Public Designation of Julio Cesar Gandarilla Bermejo under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations List

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
The Department is publicly designating Julio Cesar Gandarilla Bermejo, Minister of Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior (MININT), under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, as carried forward by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, due to his involvement, by command responsibility, in gross violations of human rights in Venezuela.

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