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2020-09-08

The United States Designates Former Lebanese Government Ministers

For too long, Lebanon’s political leaders have ignored their responsibility to address the needs of their people and instead built a political system that serves their private interests. The August 4 explosion at the Beirut port is the most recent and tragic demonstration of Lebanon’s dysfunctional political system, which has also enabled a terrorist group to hold the country’s governance hostage to its own agenda. The United States supports the Lebanese people’s call for reform, and we will use all available authorities to promote accountability for Lebanese leaders who have failed their people.

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Treasury Targets Hizballah’s Enablers in Lebanon

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned former Lebanese government ministers Yusuf Finyanus and Ali Hassan Khalil, who provided material support to Hizballah and engaged in corruption. These designations underscore how some Lebanese politicians have conspired with Hizballah at the expense of the Lebanese people and institutions. The United States supports the Lebanese people in their calls for a transparent and accountable government free of corruption. The catastrophic explosion at the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, has amplified these urgent calls, and the U.S government stands firmly in support of the Lebanese people’s demands.

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Tajikistan Independence Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America and the American people, I congratulate the people of Tajikistan on 29 years of independence.

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North Macedonia National Day

As North Macedonia celebrates its independence, I extend greetings and best wishes on behalf of the United States Government and the American people.

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Russian National Indicted for Conspiracy to Introduce Malware into a Computer Network

A federal grand jury in the District of Nevada returned an indictment today charging a Russian national for his role in a conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the International Organization of the Francophonie (via VTC)

Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Madame Secretary-General, for your briefing on the work of the organization, and [inaudible] for your informative briefings. The United States is pleased to take this opportunity to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary.

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Special Briefing via Telephone with Assistant Secretary of State David Schenker

Moderator: Good evening to everyone from the Department of State’s Dubai Regional Media Hub. I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from the Middle East and around the world for this on-the-record briefing with David Schenker, the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Assistant Secretary Schenker will provide a readout of his recent trip to Kuwait, Qatar, and Lebanon, as well as discuss the recent sanctions announced today.

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Abduction of Opposition Leaders in Belarus

The United States is deeply concerned by the reported abduction September 7 in Belarus of Coordination Council member Mariya Kalesnikava, Spokesman Anton Rodnenkou, and Executive Secretary Ivan Krautsou, and the attempted forced expulsion over the border to Ukraine September 8.

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Poisoning of Alexei Navalny

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union.

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2020-09-06

On the Overdue Release of Cuban Journalist, Roberto Quiñones

The U.S. Government is gratified to see independent journalist Roberto de Jesús Quiñones reunited with his family after a year of undue suffering as a prisoner of conscience in Cuba. However, we repeat our strong condemnation of his unjust imprisonment for the simple act of doing his job.

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