Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun will take part in the virtual OSCE Ministerial Council December 3, 2020. Deputy Secretary Biegun will join foreign ministers and senior officials of the 57 OSCE participating States, brought together under the leadership of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama as the chair, to discuss the full range of issues in the OSCE’s three dimensions of security (political-military, economic-environmental, and human).
December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a fitting occasion for the United States to reaffirm its commitment to, and support for, the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in daily life of the community. We point with pride to robust public and private enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act and to other federal, state, and local laws that guarantee open and equal access to facilities, markets, jobs, goods, and services.
The Department of State released today Foreign Relations of the United States, 1981–1988, Volume V, Soviet Union, March 1985–October 1986.
The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of India.
Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker will travel to Muscat, Oman, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from December 1-7.
Greetings to all the esteemed members of the international maritime security community. I wish I could be with you in person, but it is my honor and pleasure to welcome you all to this virtual 2020 Friends of the Gulf of Guinea Plenary.
Ambassador Birx: Thank you very much, Marissa, and really, good afternoon to all of you. I wish I was on the continent right now, as we have been for many a World AIDS Day, to really recognize the hard work that Africa has done in combating HIV/AIDS.
Today, the United States is sanctioning CEIEC for supporting the illegitimate Maduro regime’s efforts to undermine democracy in Venezuela. These efforts include restricting internet service and conducting digital surveillance against political opponents of the regime. CEIEC has provided software, training, and technical expertise to the regime’s entities. It provides cyber support and technical experts to state-run telecommunications provider Venezuelan National Telephone Company (CANTV) which controls 70 percent of internet service in Venezuela and frequently blocks online independent newspapers and speeches by opposition members.
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated CEIEC for supporting the illegitimate Maduro regime’s efforts to undermine democracy in Venezuela, including its efforts to restrict internet service and conduct digital surveillance and cyber operations against political opponents. Chinese technology companies, including CEIEC, continue to challenge democratic values of freedom and transparency by developing and exporting tools to monitor, censor, and surveil citizens’ activities on the internet.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will take part in the virtual NATO Foreign Ministerial December 1-2, 2020. The Secretary will join Allied foreign ministers to discuss the challenges to Transatlantic security, including an evolving threat environment.