Vice President Pence spoke by phone today with the President of Colombia, Ivan Duque, to express his most sincere condolences to the Colombian people and to the families of those killed and wounded in last week’s heinous bombing at the General Santander Police Academy. The Vice President condemned the ELN terrorist group for organizing this attack against unarmed civilians, discussed the need for Cuba to repatriate ELN leaders to Colombia to be held accountable for these terrorist acts, and reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to work with President Duque to enhance security ties and hold the those responsible to account.
Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela. In its role as the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people, the National Assembly invoked the country’s constitution to declare Nicolas Maduro illegitimate, and the office of the presidency therefore vacant. The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law.
Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Christopher Tersigni, the Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), announced today that charges have been filed in Manhattan federal court against former Honduran mayor AMILCAR ALEXANDER ARDON SORIANO and, in a separate Superseding Indictment, MARIO JOSE CALIX HERNANDEZ.
The United States welcomes the Congolese Constitutional Court’s certification of Felix Tshisekedi as the next President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We are committed to working with the new DRC government. We encourage the government to include a broad representation of Congo’s political stakeholders and to address reports of electoral irregularities.
The United States is concerned about the increasing number of arrests and detentions, as well as the escalating number of people injured and killed, following four weeks of protests across Sudan. The United States supports the right of the Sudanese people to gather peaceably to voice their demands for political and economic reform and a more peaceful and inclusive Sudan.
The United States recognizes Juan Guaido as the new interim President of Venezuela, and strongly supports his courageous decision to assume that role pursuant to Article 233 of Venezuela’s constitution and supported by the National Assembly, in restoring democracy to Venezuela. As President Trump said…
Please allow me to congratulate you on the assumption of the first Conference Presidency of this year. The CD is in very capable hands during this challenging time, and I want to assure you of the support and cooperation of the United States of America and the Trump Administration and your efforts to guide the work of this forum.
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke on the phone today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. They discussed ongoing U.S.-Turkish engagement as part of the deliberate and coordinated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria.
The United States commends the Malagasy government and its citizens for the peaceful presidential election, which further strengthens Madagascar’s democracy.
Secretary Pompeo spoke today with Colombian President Ivan Duque. He expressed his deepest condolences to Colombia and to the families and friends of those killed and injured in the attack against the Escuela de Cadetes de Policía “General Francisco De Paula Santander” police academy in Bogota, Colombia. The United States stands with Colombia as it brings to justice those responsible for this heinous attack.