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Iranian Vessel Grace I

The United States assesses that the M/T Grace I was assisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by transporting oil from Iran to Syria. This could result in serious consequences for any individuals associated with the Grace I.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri Treaty Room

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Mr. Prime Minister, welcome.  If you’d like to proceed with your remarks.

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The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Invites International Applicants for the 2020 Professional Fellows Program

The Department of State is pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program will be accepted through September 18, 2019. See for more information or to join the YLAI Network.

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Public Designation of Sudan’s Salah Gosh under Section 7031(c)

Today, the United States designated Salah Abdalla Mohamed Mohamed Salih, known as Salah Gosh, the former director general of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act (Div. F, P.L. 116-6), due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights. Specifically, the Department has credible information that Salah Gosh was involved in torture during his tenure as head of NISS.

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On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

Susan and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Adha – from our friends and allies to our Muslim colleagues across the State Department. Eid al-Adha marks the end of the Hajj, in which millions of Muslims from around the world make the pilgrimage to Mecca and reflect upon the sacrifice and commitment to God made by Abraham. It is a celebration of gift giving, charity, and fellowship.

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THAAD soldiers, system returns to U.S. following European deployment

STUTTGART, Germany – Soldiers assigned to the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, a U.S. Army Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) task force, will begin redeployment to Fort Hood, Texas, Friday from Romania where they have been supporting NATO Ballistic Missile Defense since April.

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Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale’s Meeting with Transitional Military Council Chairman Abdel Fattah el-Burhan of Sudan

Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale met yesterday with Sudan’s Transitional Military Council Chairman, General Abdel Fattah el-Burhan. They discussed the need for swift formation of a civilian-led transitional government in line with the recently-agreed political and constitutional documents, which the United States supports.

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Violence in Aden

The United States is deeply concerned by the outbreak of violence and deadly clashes in Aden. We call on all parties to refrain from escalation and further bloodshed, and to resolve their differences through dialogue.

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Bhutan and India

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Thimphu, Bhutan and New Delhi, India August 11-17 to advance the United States’ partnership with two nations that are critical to preserving the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.


Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Detainees and Missing Persons in Syria

Thank you, Madame President, and thank you Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo for your briefing. A warm welcome to Dr. Hala al-Ghawi and Ms. Amina Khoulani. Thank you for sharing your stories and we applaud your extraordinary courage for speaking out about the abuses that you, your families, and your fellow Syrians have endured at the direction of Bashar al-Assad and his military and intelligence commanders.

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