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2020-02-20

DFC CEO Adam Boehler Named Executive Chairman of Prosper Africa

WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald J. Trump has selected U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler to serve as Executive Chairman of Prosper Africa. Announced in 2018, Prosper Africa is a U.S. Government-led initiative which aims to substantially increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa.


White House, State Department, and U.S. African Development Foundation Announce Funding for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

Today, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump announced a new partnership in support of the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP). The partnership between the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) will expand the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE).

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The Iranian People Deserve Free and Fair Elections

Today, the United States designated five members of Iran’s Guardian Council and its Elections Supervision Committee who have played a role in denying Iranians their right to free and fair elections.


2020-02-19

Special Briefing via Telephone

Moderator: Thank you very much. Greetings to everyone from the U.S.-European Media Hub in Brussels. I’d like to welcome our participants dialing in from around the world and thank all of you for joining this discussion. Today we are very pleased to be joined by Elliott Abrams, the U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela.

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Chinese Action Against Journalists

The United States condemns China’s expulsion of three Wall Street Journal foreign correspondents. Mature, responsible countries understand that a free press reports facts and expresses opinions.


Liberating Africa’s Entrepreneurs

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning everyone. Vera, thank you. Thank you for the kind introduction. Thank you all very much for welcoming me. Let’s see, there we go. Vera, I think we got the lapel mike. Here we go. Good morning. Really, good morning again. It’s great fun to be here with you all. This is very special. I’m in a very special place.

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The United States and Saudi Arabia: A 75-Year-Long Diplomatic Partnership

“The United States has an important partner in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They keep Americans safe by being our partner, and for providing the capacity for us to push back against the Islamic Republic of Iran.” - Secretary Michael R. Pompeo, December 9, 2019


United States Announces $8 Million to Locust Control Operations in East Africa

In response to the outbreak of desert locusts in East Africa, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be providing $8 million in humanitarian assistance to support regional operations to control locusts in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Kenya, and the Federal Republic of Somalia. By helping to reduce the size of the swarms, this aid is expected to have a positive impact on affected communities throughout the Horn of Africa.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Syria

Thank you, Mr. President. “It’s Like the End of the World,” according to the New York Times.

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2020-02-18

Treasury Targets Russian Oil Brokerage Firm for Supporting Illegitimate Maduro Regime

Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Rosneft Trading S.A., the Swiss-incorporated, Russian-controlled oil brokerage firm pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850, as amended, for operating in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy. OFAC also designated the chairman of the board of directors and president of Rosneft Trading S.A., Didier Casimiro, for purporting to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, Rosneft Trading S.A.

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