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Brian H. Hook, Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State

MR HOOK:  Today, the Defense Department announced the deployment of additional U.S. forces to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Esper have had many talks with the Saudis, and those discussions intensified after the Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia on September 14th.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Foreign Minister of Colombia Carlos Trujillo

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Global Magnitsky Sanctions Against Corruption Network in South Africa

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned four individuals for corruption in South Africa pursuant to Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. 

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Senior State Department Officials On the Situation in Syria

MODERATOR: Thanks, everybody, for joining us this afternoon. Sorry to be a few minutes late here at the end of the day, but this is a follow-up from the backgrounder that we had with our State Department bullpen on Monday.

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Statement from the President

This will confirm for the first time that Ibrahim al-Asiri, a senior al-Qa’ida bomb maker and terrorist coordinator, was killed two years ago in a United States counterterrorism operation in Yemen

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Warsaw Process: Human Rights Working Group

The State Department is hosting the Warsaw Process: Human Rights Working Group on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11. The theme of the working group is Women, Peace, and Security based on UNSCR 1325. Below are the sessions that are open to the press. There will not be any question/answer sessions.

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U.S. Policy on the International Criminal Court Remains Unchanged

In April, the International Criminal Court (ICC) resoundingly rejected the ICC Prosecutor’s request to open an investigation into Afghanistan, including allegations against U.S. personnel. More recently, the ICC Prosecutor asked the judges for permission to appeal aspects of that rejection. On September 17, the Court partially granted the Prosecutor’s request, allowing a limited appeal to proceed. Last week, the ICC Prosecutor submitted a brief to appeal the April decision. In the meantime, the earlier decision stands, rejecting any Afghanistan investigation.

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all for being with us this morning. It’s my great honor to welcome my friend Foreign Minister Trujillo back to Washington for the U.S.-Colombia High Level Dialogue. It’s the fourth meeting that you and I have had this year.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Last December, the Congolese people cast their votes for change – for a peaceful transition of power, for stability, and for a brighter future. The United States applauds the recent formation of a DRC government that embraces new leaders who could help realize this future.

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