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Suspension of Talks Between Venezuela’s Interim Government and the Former Maduro Regime

The suspension of the Norway-sponsored talks between Venezuela’s interim government and the former Maduro regime reflects the refusal of the regime to negotiate in good faith. Once again, the regime sees negotiations as a delaying tactic and has subverted good-faith efforts to find a peaceful political solution.

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United States Takes Action on Vast Corruption Network in Venezuela

On September 17, the United States designated three individuals and 16 entities connected with Nicolás Maduro’s associate Alex Saab and his business partner Alvaro Pulido. This action increases pressure on Saab and Pulido, who were designated on July 25, 2019, for their looting of Venezuela’s food subsidy program.

Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Jeddah and Abu Dhabi

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 17 to 19.

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Condemning Taliban Violence

The United States condemns the recent Taliban attacks on the people, institutions, and infrastructure of Afghanistan.

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko. Secretary Pompeo congratulated Foreign Minister Prystayko on his recent appointment and affirmed U.S. support for Ukraine as it advances critical reforms to tackle corruption, strengthen the rule of law, and foster an economic environment that promotes competition and investment.

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Statement by Undersecretary Hale following his meeting with President Lukashenka

I am pleased to stand here today with Foreign Minister Makei to recognize our joint efforts to move our bilateral relationship forward. Our meeting today marks an historic juncture in U.S. – Belarus relations. It is my honor to announce that we are prepared to exchange ambassadors as the next step in normalizing our relationship.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

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U.S.-Brazil Strategic Partnership Dialogue

On September 13, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo launched the U.S.-Brazil Strategic Partnership Dialogue with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo. The U.S.-Brazil Strategic Partnership Dialogue is a direct outcome of the March 19 meeting between President Trump and President Bolsonaro in Washington, D.C. and serves as a platform for advancing joint action on U.S.-Brazil shared priorities.

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

Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Special Envoy Griffiths and Under-Secretary-General Lowcock, for your briefings. We are grateful for the tireless efforts of your teams, and I look forward to working with you to bringing lasting peace and security to the people of Yemen.

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Telephonic Press Briefing on the U.S. Response to the Ebola Outbreak

OPERATOR: Welcome to the U.S. Ebola Response Briefing. At this time all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later we will conduct a question and answer session and instructions will be given at that time. If you should require assistance during the call, please press *0. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to our host, Ms. Tiffany Jackson-Zunker. Please go ahead.

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