Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Ventura. Costa Rica is a strong partner, whose cooperation is increasingly vital to counternarcotics efforts and regional stability.
A fierce champion of human rights and dedicated employee of the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Xulhaz Mannan was brutally murdered on April 25, 2016, at the hands of extremists who espoused a hatred unknown to Bangladesh and contradictory to the warmth and hospitality of the Bangladeshi people.
The Department is publicly designating Muslim Khuchiev, the Chairman (Prime Minister) of the Government of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Act, due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights. Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.
On World Malaria Day, I reflect on my time as a teacher in Africa 30 years ago, when my students routinely fell ill with malaria and died. I lost students, parents lost their children, and villages lost entire generations to this deadly disease. This is why I am so proud of the transformative work the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) does each day to bring cost-effective, life-saving tools, such as bed nets, insecticides, and medicines to people where they live.
The United States is appalled by the Assad regime’s decision to reject the UN request to deliver a convoy of urgently needed humanitarian aid from Damascus to the Rukban encampment. We remain deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Rukban, especially as the Holy Month of Ramadan is about to begin.
The Department of State has updated the Cuba Restricted List with five additional sub-entities owned by the Cuban military. The changes take effect today. The Department will continue to update the list as needed to ensure U.S. funds do not directly support Cuba’s security apparatus. Cuba’s military, security, and intelligence services suppress the human rights of the Cuban people and are deeply entrenched in Venezuela, providing security services to the former regime of Nicolas Maduro and contributing to its oppression of the Venezuelan people.
The United States condemns today’s decision by President Putin to provide expedited Russian citizenship to Ukrainians living in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine. Russia, through this highly provocative action, is intensifying its assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Today, we commemorate the Meds Yeghern and honor the memory of those who suffered in one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century. Beginning in 1915, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.
During a December 2018 Arria-formula meeting on the situation of persons with disabilities in conflict, the United States made a commitment to raise the situation of persons with disabilities more systemically in the Council. We are very pleased to see the Council doing so today.
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. The Secretary thanked the foreign minister for his continued efforts to build upon the robust U.S.-Qatar partnership, including follow-through on Qatar’s commitments to fair competition in civil aviation.