SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Prime Minister. It’s great to be with you today. I’m truly honored to be here in Kuwait on my first trip as Secretary of State. President Trump was proud to host High Highness the Amir in September of last year, and the President sends his greetings.
FOREIGN MINISTER AL-SABAH: (Via interpreter) Ladies and gentlemen, (inaudible) members of the Kuwaiti delegation to welcome you, to welcome the U.S. delegation to Kuwait, chiefly to the third round of U.S.-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister.
Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. You know that Israel has no greater friend than the United States of America. The Israeli people can have confidence that President Trump will maintain this close bond.
On Tuesday, March 19, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Kimberly Breier, celebrated the fifth-year milestone of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the Department of State’s signature education initiative that links U.S. universities with higher-education institutions in the Western Hemisphere.
Today, the United States takes necessary actions to prevent the former Maduro regime from further plundering Venezuela’s assets and natural resources.
Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated CVG Compania General de Mineria de Venezuela CA, or Minerven, the Venezuelan state-run ferrous metals mining company, and its President, Adrian Antonio Perdomo Mata, targeting the illicit gold operations that have continued to prop up the illegitimate regime of former President Nicolas Maduro.
President Donald J. Trump will welcome the leaders of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, the Republic of Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia on Friday, March 22, 2019, for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago. President Trump’s meeting with the Caribbean leaders will reaffirm our strong friendship with and commitment to these countries, and signal the importance of the Caribbean to the hemisphere.
On March 19, the United States co-sponsored an event with Albania, Argentina, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Romania, and the United Kingdom at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to highlight the dire human rights situation in Venezuela. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Carrie Filipetti led a panel that included a former prisoner of conscience, an investigative journalist, a legal expert, and a Member of the National Assembly who shared firsthand accounts of repression and explained the depth of the human rights crisis under the former Maduro regime.
DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Well, good morning. It’s great to be here in Luanda. I am here on a three-day trip to this beautiful country to reaffirm the longstanding and deep relationship between the United States and Angola. This morning, I was honored to have a meeting with President Lourenco, which I just concluded. We discussed a variety of topics, but my message principally is: the United States is committed to our strategic partnership with Angola.
The United States condemns the Ortega regime’s continued violence and repression toward the Nicaraguan people, including the arbitrary detention of hundreds of peaceful protestors and violence against independent media on March 16. The United States will continue to urge accountability for those who have demonstrated blatant disregard for human rights and fundamental freedoms.