Three years ago yesterday, on September 29, 2017, Assad regime forces, backed by Russia, killed at least 34 Syrians in the town of Armanaz. Since then, thousands of Bashar al Assad’s bombs have been dropped on schools, hospitals, and markets across Syria. Too many lives have been lost in Assad’s futile search for a military conquest over his own people.
“On the issues of human dignity and religious freedom, these issues that transcend everyday politics, on the enduring struggle of the individual’s right to believe and worship, we must – and I know we will – march together.”
Special Envoy for the Sahel Region Dr. J. Peter Pham will travel to Bamako, Mali from September 30 to October 3. The Special Envoy will meet with the transitional government as well as civil society, religious leaders, and officials from the United Nations, African Union, G5 Sahel and the diplomatic community. He will urge the transitional government to honor the commitments it has made to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), including holding free and fair elections within 18 months.
Today, the U. S. Department of State announces rewards of up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Venezuelan national Pedro Luis Martin-Olivares and up to $5 million each for information leading to the arrests and/or convictions of Venezuelan nationals Rodolfo McTurk-Mora and Jesus Alfredo Itriago. All three are former Venezuelan public officials and current fugitives from justice.
We are outraged by yesterday’s rocket attack in Baghdad that killed civilians, including a mother and her children.
Two years ago at the United Nations General Assembly, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Global Accelerator to End Tuberculosis (TB), our new business model for fighting the world's deadliest infectious disease.
Mr. President, with your permission I will lead off today by offering our condolences to the people of Kuwait, for the death of their emir, Sheik Al Sabah. The Emir was a peacemaker in every sense of the word, and we are grateful for his years of dedicated service to the people of Kuwait, and to making the region a more stable, prosperous, and peaceful place. His leadership during Kuwait’s two-years in this Council were particularly noteworthy and appreciated.
I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear friend, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Melania and I send our sincere condolences to the people of Kuwait. Sheikh Sabah was an unwavering friend and partner to the United States. Earlier this month, I had the honor of awarding him the prestigious Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and to the people of Kuwait. His vision shaped Kuwait into the prosperous and modern state it is today, and his global leadership resulted in lasting and positive change in Kuwait and the entire Middle East region.
Today, the Department of State is adding American International Services (AIS) to the Cuba Restricted List. AIS is a financial institution controlled by the Cuban military that processes remittances sent to the Cuban people. The Cuban military also uses AIS, its parent company FINCIMEX, and other entities to charge fees and manipulate the remittance and foreign currency market as part of the regime’s schemes to make money and support its repressive apparatus. The profits earned from these operations disproportionately benefit the Cuban military, furthering repression of the Cuban people and funding Cuba’s meddling in Venezuela.