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Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker Statement on DHS-DOJ Asylum Regulation

WASHINGTON -- Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen and Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker released the following statement on the joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice asylum regulation:

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Upholding OSCE Commitments in the Treatment of Iskander Yerimbetov in Kazakhstan

The United States is concerned by allegations of mistreatment while in custody and procedural irregularities in the trial of Kazakhstani businessman Iskander Yerimbetov. Credible human rights organizations believe that the case against Mr. Yerimbetov is politically motivated, as his sister, who has been granted political asylum by Belgium,

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Treasury Sanctions Officials and Targets Entities Supporting Russia’s Occupation of Crimea and Forcible Control of Eastern Ukraine

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today imposed additional sanctions in response to Russia’s continuing malign activity and destabilizing behavior by designating three individuals and nine entities under Ukraine-related authorities. 

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Telephonic Press Briefing with Kurt Volker Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations

Moderator: Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State. I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from across Europe, and thank all of you for joining this discussion.

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Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad Travel to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will travel to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar with an interagency delegation from November 8–20.

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U.S. Government Imposes Sanctions on Supporters of Russia’s Occupation of Crimea and Forcible Control of Eastern Ukraine

Today, the United States imposed financial sanctions on three individuals and nine entities that are supporting Russia’s attempt to integrate the Crimea region of Ukraine through private investment and privatization projects or who are engaging in serious human rights abuses in furtherance of Russia’s occupation or control over parts of Ukraine.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with UN Special Envoy for Syria

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and discussed the Special Envoy’s progress on convening a constitutional committee as soon as possible. The Secretary reiterated U.S. support for de Mistura’s efforts to advance the political peace process under the auspices of UN Security Council resolution 2254.

Response to the Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Center, Ambassador Marcel Peško

Ambassador Peško, welcome back to the Permanent Council. Thank you for your detailed report. In our view, this annual exercise provides us with an opportunity to take stock of the Center's contributions to furthering the OSCE's goal: lasting peace in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian spaces through a comprehensive approach to security.

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Response to the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group, to the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on the Conflict Dealt With by the OSCE Minsk Conference, and to the Head of the OSCE High Level Planning Group

The United States welcomes the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group, together with the Chairmanship's Personal Representative, to the Permanent Council. As a Co-Chair country, the United States reiterates our strong support for your work, and we appreciate your steadfast engagement with the sides to advance a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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Interview With Hadi Nili of BBC Persian

QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. Secretary, for sitting down with BBC Persian.

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