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Statement by Heather Nauert – On the Presidential Election in Mali

The United States commends the people of Mali for their participation in the presidential elections as a demonstration of their commitment to democratic values and congratulates President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on his reelection.

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Statement By Secretary Pompeo – On Afghan Government’s Ceasefire Announcement

The United States welcomes the announcement by the Afghan government of a ceasefire conditioned on Taliban participation. This plan responds to the clear and continued call of the Afghan people for peace.

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Statement by Pompeo – World Humanitarian Day

Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we recognize the commitment and dedication of humanitarian aid workers who risk everything to serve those in need, and we honor those who have lost their lives to protect the world’s most vulnerable people.

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Statement by Heather Nauert – Welcoming the New Pakistani Prime Minster, Imran Khan

We recognize and welcome the newly elected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on taking the oath of office. For over 70 years, the relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been a vital one.

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo – Passing of Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

I am saddened to hear of the passing of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and express my condolences to the Annan family and to the people of his home country of Ghana.

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Gabon National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the people of the Gabonese Republic on the 58th anniversary of your independence on August 17th.

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Statement By Heather Nauert – Syria Stabilization Efforts Continue with Coalition Contributions

The enduring defeat of ISIS is a top priority of this Administration and of the State Department.  Our diplomats are working closely with the Department of Defense to support upcoming operations in eastern Syria by the Syrian Democratic Forces, and with Coalition capitals to support stabilization initiatives that enable Syrians to voluntarily and safely return to their homes in Raqqa and other former ISIS strongholds.

On-The-Record Briefing – Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs David M. Satterfield and Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk On the Status of Syria Stabilization Assistance and Ongoing Efforts to Achieve an Enduring Defeat of ISIS

I have two colleagues joining me at this time: Brett McGurk, our Special Presidential Envoy for the Defeat of ISIS; and Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, David Satterfield.  They’re both on the call this morning.


Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo On the Creation of the Iran Action Group

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Today I am happy to announce the creation of the Iran Action Group. The Iran Action Group will be responsible for directing, reviewing, and coordinating all aspects of the State Department’s Iran-related activity, and it will report directly to me.

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Statement By Secretary Pompeo – Passing of Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the people of India on the recent passing of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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