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Conference in Support of the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces

The United States today renewed its support for two of Lebanon’s vital national institutions, the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and Internal Security Forces (ISF), in Rome at the conference in support of Lebanese state security services. U.S. delegate and Senior Bureau Official for Near Eastern Affairs, Ambassador David Satterfield, underscored that the LAF and ISF “are critical to Lebanese security and stability, and ultimately, to the survival of a stable, democratic, and prosperous Lebanon.”

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call With Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi of Iraq

Vice President Mike Pence spoke today with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi of Iraq. The leaders discussed the Trump Administration’s deep commitment to protect persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and the greater Middle East, a commitment which is shared by Prime Minister Abadi.

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Treasury Sanctions Russian Cyber Actors for Interference With the 2016 U.S. Elections and Malicious Cyber-Attacks

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated five entities and 19 individuals under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) as well as Executive Order (E.O.) 13694, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” as amended, and codified pursuant to CAATSA.


Policy Planning Director Hook’s Travel to Vienna

Director for Policy Planning Brian Hook will lead the U.S. delegation to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Joint Commission meeting in Vienna on March 16. Under the terms of the JCPOA, the Joint Commission is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.

Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Briefing on Chemical Weapons Use by Russia in the United Kingdom

Thank you, Mr. President. And I thank my British colleagues for calling this important meeting.

We’re here today to discuss the use of a chemical weapon by one Council member in the territory of another Council member. Let me make one thing clear from the very beginning: the United States stands in absolute solidarity with Great Britain. The United States believes that Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military-grade nerve agent.

Statement by Heather Nauert – Crimea is Ukraine

Four years ago this week, Russia held an illegitimate, fabricated “referendum” in Ukraine in a futile attempt to legitimize its purported annexation of Ukrainian territory.  Crimean residents were compelled to vote under scrutiny by heavily armed Russian troops.  Russia’s claim that Ukrainians made a free choice in that sham “referendum” has always lacked credibility.

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Readout of the Gaza Conference at the White House

Yesterday, the White House hosted a conference with representatives from 20 countries, including Israel and many Arab states, to discuss solutions to the worsening humanitarian and economic conditions in Gaza. The conference, convened by White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and members of the National Security Council (NSC) staff and the Department of State, was attended by representatives from the United Nations, the European Union, the Office of the Quartet, and the following countries: Bahrain, Canada, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

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Remarks by Jason D. Greenblatt, Assistant to the President, at the Gaza Conference

Good morning, everyone, and thank you for making the trip to Washington, D.C. It is a pleasure to see so many friends and colleagues here to participate in this important conversation. We always welcome the opportunity to work with other countries who are dedicated to trying to resolve this conflict, and those interested in helping the humanitarian challenges in Gaza.

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Statement From President Donald J. Trump on the Secretary of State’s Transition

“I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State. Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, served with distinction in the U.S. army, and graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle.

Remarks – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Good afternoon, all.  I received a call today from the President of the United States a little after noontime from Air Force One, and I’ve also spoken to White House Chief of Staff Kelly to ensure we have clarity as to the days ahead.  What is most important is to ensure an orderly and smooth transition during a time that the country continues to face significant policy and national security challenges.

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