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Advancing Reciprocity in U.S.- China Diplomatic Relations

For years, the PRC has imposed significant barriers on American diplomats working in the PRC that are far beyond diplomatic norms. PRC authorities implement a system of opaque approval processes designed to prevent American diplomats from conducting regular business and connecting with the Chinese people. U.S. diplomats’ attempts to host cultural events, secure official meetings, and visit university campuses are regularly obstructed.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Libya (via VTC)

Thank you, Abarry. Congratulations on your presidency this month. And a special thank you to Acting SRSG Stephanie Williams for your commitment to UNSMIL and the people of Libya.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Swiss Foreign Minister Cassis

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Good to see you all.
I want to start today talking about multilateralism. The Trump administration wants multilateral institutions to function, to actually work. But multilateralism just for the sake of it, just to get together in a room and chat, doesn’t add value.


CITGO-6 Surpasses 1,000 Days of Wrongful Detention in Venezuela

More than 1,000 days have passed since Tomeu Vadell, José Luis Zambrano, Alirio Zambrano, Jorge Toledo, Gustavo Cardenas and José Pereira — known as the CITGO-6 — were lured to Caracas for business meetings and then detained by masked security agents and thrown into one of Venezuela’s most dangerous prisons.

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Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Michael G. Kozak On U.S. Economic and Trade Agenda in the Hemisphere

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Well, thank you, Cale, and good afternoon to everyone. Thank you for joining in on the call today. A few weeks ago, I spoke to you about how the United States is partnering with government and civil society to strengthen this hemisphere of freedom.

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On the Passing of Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee

The United States is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. In a distinguished career spanning more than half a century, President Mukherjee worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of India as a parliamentarian, cabinet minister, and as President of the world’s largest democracy.

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates Nasser Bourita by video teleconference after announcing the conclusion of a bilateral Enhanced Immunities Agreement.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita at the Signing of Enhanced Immunities Agreement With Morocco

SECRETARY POMPEO: Nasser, thank you. Mr. Minister, it’s great to see you again today. Sorry we couldn’t do this in person. Great to be here along with Ambassadors Fischer and Khales. Thank you for hosting me on my visit to Morocco last December.

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Troika Statement on the Peace Agreement Between Sudan Armed Opposition Groups

The United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway (the Troika) welcome the peace agreement between the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the Civilian-led Transitional Government of Sudan, initialed on 28 August 2020 as the first step in a long process to rebuild hope and stability for conflict-affected communities in Sudan.

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