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2019-02-07

Upcoming Nigerian Elections

The United States government supports a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful election that reflects the will of the Nigerian people. It is critical that the Independent National Electoral Commission operates free from outside pressure and intimidation and in a totally objective manner.

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Under Secretary for Political Affairs David M. Hale Travel to West Africa

Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale will travel to West Africa from February 10-12, 2019. His visit will aim to strengthen commercial ties, advance peace and security through regional partnerships, promote the potential of Africa’s youth, and convey America’s unwavering commitment to Africa.

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Excerpts of the Department Press Briefing – February 7, 2019

MR PALLADINO: No, we’re going to – I’ve got a couple toppers and – that I’d like to start with. And I’m pleased to announce that Lea Gabrielle will be our new special envoy and coordinator of the Global Engagement Center. Lea will provide the permanent leadership we have needed to bolster the Global Engagement Center’s operations, and she will begin her duties on Monday.

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Treasury Sanctions Turkish National as Foreign Sanctions Evader Due To Repeated Violations of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took unprecedented action to concurrently designate a foreign sanctions evader and announce a directly related settlement with a U.S. company. OFAC sanctioned a Turkey-based individual, Evren Kayakiran, who directed a foreign subsidiary of a U.S. company to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran and then attempted to conceal those violations.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir. The Secretary thanked the Minister for Saudi Arabia’s continued partnership with the United States across many regional and bilateral priorities.

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Attempted Space Launch by the Iranian Regime

In defiance of the international community, the Iranian regime continues to develop and test ballistic missiles, including a reported second failed space launch in less than a month. Space launch vehicles use technologies that are virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles, including in Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). This attempted launch furthers Iran’s ability to eventually build such a weapon that threatens our allies.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, and Iceland

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Budapest, Bratislava, Warsaw, Brussels, and Reykjavik February 11–15.


Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah. The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Kuwait’s enduring strategic partnership and friendship with the United States. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed important regional issues, including progress on the Middle East Strategic Alliance.

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Attempted Space Launch by the Iranian Regime

In defiance of the international community, the Iranian regime continues to develop and test ballistic missiles, including a reported second failed space launch in less than a month. Space launch vehicles use technologies that are virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles, including in Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). This attempted launch furthers Iran’s ability to eventually build such a weapon that threatens our allies.


Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

The Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, also known as the INF Treaty, required the destruction of U.S. and Soviet ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles (“GLBMs” and “GLCMs”) with a range capability between 500 and 5,500 kilometers, and their associated launchers, support structures, and equipment, within three years after the Treaty entered into force in 1988.

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