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2020-03-10

Special Briefing With Ambassador James Jeffrey and Ambassador David Satterfield

Moderator: [Inaudible] and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and by David Satterfield, the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey.
We will begin today’s call with opening remarks from our speakers and then we will turn to your questions. We will do our best to get to as many as possible in the time that we have, which is approximately 30 minutes.


2020-03-09

Joint Statement on the Signing of the U.S.-Taliban Agreement

The text of the following statement was agreed by Special Envoys and Special Representatives of the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States of America on the occasion of the signing of the U.S.-Taliban Agreement on February 29 in Qatar.

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Thirteen-Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of Robert Levinson

Thirteen years ago today, on March 9, 2007, Robert A. “Bob” Levinson was abducted on Kish Island, Iran. For 13 years, the Iranian government has denied knowledge of his whereabouts or condition, a claim that defies credibility.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Freeland

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo held a productive call today with Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker’s Travel to Lithuania

Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker will travel to Vilnius, Lithuania, March 10 to 11, to attend a Bucharest Nine (B9) Foreign Ministerial. 

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The United States Condemns Assassination Attempt Against Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s attack on Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s convoy in Khartoum and offers our condolences to the loved ones of victims killed or injured in the attack.

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Special Representative Ambassador Jeffrey Travels to Belgium

Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador James Jeffrey will travel to Brussels, Belgium, for meetings on March 10, 2020. 

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Statement on Presidential Inaugurations in Afghanistan

The United States strongly supports a unified and sovereign Afghanistan and is engaged in intensive efforts for peace. We condemn today’s terrorist attack in Kabul.


2020-03-08

Passengers on Cruise Ships

U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking.

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Presidential Message on International Women’s Day, 2020

Across the United States and around the world, women are making important contributions to global prosperity, security, government, and innovation. As we celebrate these remarkable achievements on International Women’s Day, we also recognize the critical role our Nation plays in advancing equal opportunity for all women so that they can reach their full potential and inspire the next generation of leaders.

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