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2020-01-02

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells Travels to Tajikistan

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells will travel to Tajikistan from January 6-7.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with the Speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives Mohammed al-Halbousi

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with the Speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives Mohammed al-Halbousi.

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper as Prepared

Last Friday, the Iranian-backed militia Kata'ib Hizbollah or KH launched yet another attack against American forces in Iraq, resulting in the death of one American civilian, and injuries to four American service members, as well as two of our partners in the Iraqi Security Forces. This continues a string of attacks against bases with U.S. forces and Iraqi Security Forces. KH has a strong linkage to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force and has received lethal aid, support, and direction from Iran.

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Statement by the Department of Defense

At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. 


Public Designation of Leopoldo Cintra Frias Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights

The Department is publicly designating Leopoldo Cintra Frias, Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba (MINFAR), under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, due to his involvement, by command responsibility, in gross violations of human rights. Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign government 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.

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2020-01-01

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Iraqi PM al-Mahdi

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi and condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the December 31 Iran-backed terrorist attack on U.S. Embassy Baghdad.


Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Qatari Emir Hamad al-Thani

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and expressed appreciation for Qatar’s solidarity in the face of Iran’s malign regional influence, including the December 31 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.


Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Secretary Pompeo thanked Prime Minister Netanyahu for Israel’s unwavering commitment to countering Iran’s malign regional influence and its condemnation of the December 31 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.


2019-12-31

Colombia’s Release of Draft Decree on Aerial Coca Eradication

The United States welcomes the Duque administration’s release of its draft decree on the resumption of aerial coca eradication, which details how it would meet strict health and environmental conditions set by Colombia’s Constitutional Court. The decision to employ aerial spraying is a sovereign decision for the Colombian government.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Calls with Iraqi Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi and President Salih

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and President Barham Salih separately by phone today from his office in Washington, D.C.


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