Today, the United States decided to revoke economic sanctions with respect to Sudan and the Government of Sudan under Executive Orders 13067 and 13412, in recognition of the Government of Sudan’s sustained positive actions to maintain a cessation of hostilities in conflict areas in Sudan, improve humanitarian access throughout Sudan, and maintain cooperation with the United States on addressing regional conflicts and the threat of terrorism.
President Macron expressed his condolences regarding the shooting in Las Vegas. President Trump welcomed President Macron’s sympathies and expressed gratitude for the prompt actions of the first responders.
The United States has decided to formally revoke a number of economically focused sanctions on Sudan in recognition of the Government of Sudan’s sustained positive actions in five key areas. I’ll outline these areas for you: first, to maintain a cessation of hostilities in the areas of its internal conflict, including Darfur and what we refer to as the two areas, the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile; second, to improve humanitarian access across Sudan; third, to end destabilizing activity in South Sudan; fourth, to build and deepen U.S.-Sudan cooperation in countering terrorism; and fifth, improving regional security with a particular focus on countering Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army.
This week my colleague Katherine Hadda, the U.S. Consul General in Hyderabad, was on hand at Paradip Port in the Indian state of Odisha to welcome the first in a series of new shipments of U.S. crude oil to India. Consul General Hadda was joined by Indian Ministry of External Affairs Americas Division Joint Secretary Munu Mahawar and Ministry for Petroleum and Natural Gas Joint Secretary for International Cooperation Sunjay Sudhir.
Countering terrorist recruitment in foreign prisons is an essential element of the fight against terrorism. The management of terrorist inmates is critically important because of concerns that these individuals are attracting new recruits while incarcerated or planning attacks upon their release.
The United States condemns the attack on the Fatehpur Sharif Shrine in Balochistan, Pakistan, which killed at least 18 innocent civilians gathering to pay their respects during the sacred month of Muharram.
Today, the Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported yet another instance of the use of the deadly chemical agent sarin, in a part of the country under routine attack by the Syrian regime. The United States strongly supports the work of the OPCW’s Fact-Finding Mission and the UN’s Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM). They are the international community’s independent, impartial tools for ensuring accountability for chemical weapons use.
The United States is deeply concerned about violence and the loss of human life in protests that have taken place in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon since October 1.
President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, who called to express condolences on behalf of the Mexican people for the loss of life in the Las Vegas tragedy.
SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning. There were some news reports this morning that I want to address. First, my commitment to the success of our President and our country is as strong as it was the day I accepted his offer to serve as Secretary of State.