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Addition to the Cuba Restricted List

Today, the Department of State is adding American International Services (AIS) to the Cuba Restricted List. AIS is a financial institution controlled by the Cuban military that processes remittances sent to the Cuban people. The Cuban military also uses AIS, its parent company FINCIMEX, and other entities to charge fees and manipulate the remittance and foreign currency market as part of the regime’s schemes to make money and support its repressive apparatus. The profits earned from these operations disproportionately benefit the Cuban military, furthering repression of the Cuban people and funding Cuba’s meddling in Venezuela.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Chemical Weapons in Syria (via VTC)

Thank you, Vasily. Earlier this month, Russia requested that the Security Council’s monthly video teleconference on Syria chemical weapons takes place in an open format. The United States welcomes these opportunities to expose to the world the hypocrisy and disinformation Russia continues to spread in its attempts to shield the Assad regime from accountability for its continued chemical weapons attacks.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

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Joint Statement Regarding the High-Level Review of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue

The following is the text of a joint statement by the Governments of the United States of America and Greece.

Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo conducted a high-level review of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue on September 28, 2020, in anticipation of the third Strategic Dialogue to be held in Washington, DC in 2021.

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Escalation of Violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan

The United States is alarmed by reports of large scale military action along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone that has resulted in significant casualties, including civilians. We extend our condolences to the families of those killed and injured.

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China’s Environmental Abuses

Beijing is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases; the largest source of marine debris; the worst perpetrators of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; and the world's largest consumer of trafficked wildlife and timber products.  While the Chinese people have suffered the worst environmental impacts of its actions, Beijing also threatens the global economy and global health by unsustainably exploiting natural resources and exporting its willful disregard for the environment through its One Belt One Road initiative.  Tragically

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U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Consultations (“The Quad”)

Senior officials from the United States, Australia, India, and Japan met virtually on September 25, 2020, for consultations on collective efforts to advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

Briefing on U.S. Leadership and Humanitarian Assistance

Moderator:  Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub.  I would like to welcome our participants from across the continent and thank all of you for taking part in this discussion.   

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The United States Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for the South Sudan Crisis Response

Today, at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting, “A Dialogue with the World’s Top Ten Donors on Global Humanitarian Needs,” hosted by the United States, we announced nearly $108 million in humanitarian assistance for the people South Sudan, including South Sudanese in neighboring countries.

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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People

Today, at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting, “A Dialogue with the World’s Top Ten Donors on Global Humanitarian Needs,” hosted by the United States, we announced more than $720 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria both inside Syria and across the region.

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