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U.S. National Security Team Discusses Status of Negotiations for Peace and Reconciliation in Afghanistan

Today, the President convened a meeting with his national security team including Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Esper, National Security Advisor Bolton, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Khalilzad, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford and CIA Director Haspel to discuss the status of negotiations for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Led by the President, we are working diligently on the path forward in Afghanistan.


USAID Administrator Mark Green Travels to Africa and the Middle East

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Israel, and Nigeria August 16-August 24, 2019.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei to congratulate him on his victory in the August 11 election.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

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Iranian Vessel Grace I

The United States assesses that the M/T Grace I was assisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by transporting oil from Iran to Syria. This could result in serious consequences for any individuals associated with the Grace I.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri Treaty Room

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Mr. Prime Minister, welcome.  If you’d like to proceed with your remarks.

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The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Invites International Applicants for the 2020 Professional Fellows Program

The Department of State is pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program will be accepted through September 18, 2019. See for more information or to join the YLAI Network.

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Public Designation of Sudan’s Salah Gosh under Section 7031(c)

Today, the United States designated Salah Abdalla Mohamed Mohamed Salih, known as Salah Gosh, the former director general of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act (Div. F, P.L. 116-6), due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights. Specifically, the Department has credible information that Salah Gosh was involved in torture during his tenure as head of NISS.

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On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

Susan and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Adha – from our friends and allies to our Muslim colleagues across the State Department. Eid al-Adha marks the end of the Hajj, in which millions of Muslims from around the world make the pilgrimage to Mecca and reflect upon the sacrifice and commitment to God made by Abraham. It is a celebration of gift giving, charity, and fellowship.

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THAAD soldiers, system returns to U.S. following European deployment

STUTTGART, Germany – Soldiers assigned to the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, a U.S. Army Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) task force, will begin redeployment to Fort Hood, Texas, Friday from Romania where they have been supporting NATO Ballistic Missile Defense since April.

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