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Readout of Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper’s Meeting With Iraqi Minister of Defense Najah al-Shammary

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper met with Iraqi Minister of Defense Najah al-Shammary today in Baghdad to reaffirm the strategic security partnership between the United States and the Government of Iraq.

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U.S. Announces $1.21 Billion to Support Blue Economy; Commitment Strengthens Sustainability of Ocean Economy, Enhances Health of Planet and Advances Global Economic Security

Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach announced the United States’ 23 new commitments valued at 1.21 billion dollars to promote sustainable fisheries; combat marine debris; and support marine science, observation, and exploration. The primary focus of Our Ocean conferences is for invitees to announce significant, new voluntary actions to ensure protection of the ocean, responsible management of marine resources, and sustainable future economic growth. Commitments should be measurable and have a clear timeframe.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine’s Metropolitan Epiphaniy

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine, Primate of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

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Treasury Removes Sanctions Imposed on Turkish Ministries and Senior Officials Following Pause of Turkish Operations in Northeast Syria

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) removed sanctions imposed on the Government of Turkey’s Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, as well as the Minister of National Defence, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and the Minister of the Interior, following Turkey’s pause in military operations in Syria as agreed to with the United States on October 17, 2019 (the October Ceasefire).

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Successful Maritime and Aviation Security Working Group Concludes in Bahrain

On October 21–22, the United States, Poland, and Bahrain co-hosted the Working Group on Maritime and Aviation Security in Manama, Bahrain. Thirty countries attended the working group, which focused on promoting maritime and aviation security in the region by emphasizing steps states can take to interdict and prevent illicit weapons of mass destruction (WMD)-related shipments.

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Download PDF Human trafficking schemes take many different forms and affect many different types of victims. The widely ratified Palermo Protocol requires governments to criminalize human trafficking and related offenses. Trafficking is a hidden crime whose victims are often reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement. To effectively combat human trafficking, those responsible for identification, investigation,…


Download PDF The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announces a full and open competition each year for programs and projects to combat human trafficking outside of the United States. The first stage of competition begins with the TIP Office posting a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) requesting…


Download PDF WHAT IS A CHILD PROTECTION COMPACT (CPC) PARTNERSHIP? A CPC Partnership is a multi-year plan, developed jointly by the United States and a foreign government, that documents the commitment of the two governments to achieve shared objectives aimed at strengthening the country’s efforts to effectively prosecute and convict child traffickers with a victim-centered…

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