On behalf of the American people, I congratulate you on the 60th anniversary of Senegal’s independence. During my recent visit to Dakar, I had the pleasure of enjoying your famous teranga hospitality and seeing first-hand the results of our decades-long close partnership.
Moderator: Hello. I would like to welcome journalists to today’s virtual press briefing with Dr. Daniel Singer, Regional Director for Central Asia for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Joshua Karnes, the Director of the Central Asia Health and Education Office from the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Moderator: Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Media Hub of the Americas in Miami, Florida. I would like to welcome our participants who have dialed in from the United States and across the region, and thank you for your patience.
Moderator: Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Marissa Scott, I am the Director of the Africa Regional Media Hub. I just want to let all of you know that we are using Zoom for the first time for one of our press briefings, so please bear with us. If there are any technological issues or the Internet drops, we really want to make sure that we can entertain as many of your questions as possible.
MS ORTAGUS: Thank you very much. Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for joining us on another briefing call. We have someone that is not a stranger to our State Department bullpen, Ambassador Sam Brownback, who is going to talk to all of us today, give us a brief on what is happening with religious minorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This call will be on the record and it also is going to be embargoed until the end of the call, please.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok today.
MS WALSH: So our first question will to go Straits Times, Nirmal Ghosh.
QUESTION: Good morning, Mr. Secretary.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning.
The United States is deeply troubled by escalating violence in northern Rakhine State and Chin State, where dozens have been killed and thousands have been displaced in recent months.
The United States is committed to the global fight against COVID-19. We are a generous and reliable contributor to crisis response and humanitarian action across the world, but we cannot do it alone.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud. Secretary Pompeo expressed his concern over the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for a global response to counter it. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed the conflict in Yemen and agreed that only a political solution would bring about stability, peace, and prosperity.