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2019-07-10

Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale Meeting With Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on July 10 in Helsinki.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

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USAID Administrator Mark Green and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump Announce Partnerships and New Projects Through the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator (USAID) Mark Green and Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, announced 14 new projects with more than 200 public- and private-sector partners across 22 countries to support the Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Martin Griffiths

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Martin Griffiths. The Secretary thanked the Special Envoy for his continued efforts to move the political process forward. The Secretary and the Special Envoy discussed the latest developments on the UN-led political track.

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2019-07-09

Argentina’s Independence Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States, I extend my best wishes to the people of Argentina on the 203rd anniversary of your independence.

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Treasury Targets Iranian-Backed Hizballah Officials for Exploiting Lebanon’s Political and Financial System

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated key Hizballah political and security figures leveraging their privileged positions to facilitate Hizballah’s malign agenda and do Iran’s bidding. Specifically, OFAC designated Hizballah Members of Parliament Amin Sherri and Muhammad Hasan Ra’d, and Hizballah security official Wafiq Safa, for acting for or on behalf of Hizballah.

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Excerpts of the Department Press Briefing – July 9, 2019

MS ORTAGUS: Okay. I’ve got a few things to start off today, and then we’ll jump right in. Good to see you again. Okay.
Today the United States designated three senior Hizballah political and security officials – Amin Sherri, Muhammad Ra’d, and Wafiq Safa. They have assisted the Iranian regime in its efforts to undermine Lebanese sovereignty.

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Sanctioning of Three Senior Hizballah Officials

The United States designated three senior Hizballah political and security officials today who leverage their positions to facilitate Hizballah and the Iranian regime’s malign efforts to undermine Lebanese sovereignty.

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Joint Statement from the President of the United States Donald J. Trump and His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar

Today, as leaders of the United States and Qatar, we committed to further advancing the high-level strategic cooperation between our two countries. The United States and Qatar share a history of friendship based on common efforts and mutual respect. For decades, the bonds between our great nations have strengthened, reinforcing an increasingly close strategic and defense relationship focused on countering threats to our security, peace, and prosperity.

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Public Designation, Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption, of the Republic of Cameroon’s Jean Claude Ango Ango

The Secretary of State is publicly designating the Republic of Cameroon Inspector General of the Cameroonian Gendarmerie, Colonel Jean Claude Ango Ango, due to his involvement in significant corruption related to wildlife trafficking.

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