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2019-03-12

TRANSCRIPT: Telephonic Press Briefing With Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor P. Nagy Jr., on Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan’s Travel to Africa

MODERATOR: Good morning to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. I’d like to welcome our participants dialing in from across the African continent and thank you all for joining the discussion.

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U.S.-India Foreign Office Consultations

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale held Foreign Office Consultations on March 12, 2019, at the Department of State.

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United States Welcomes the UN Panel of Experts Annual Report on the D.P.R.K.

The United States welcomes the release today of a report by the UN’s independent Panel of Experts on the implementation of UN sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.) and commends the panel for its hard work.

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Telephonic Press Briefing with Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel D. Brownback

Moderator: Good afternoon everyone from the Department of State’s Asia Pacific Media Hub based in Manila. I’m Zia Syed, the Media Hub Director, and I’d like to welcome our participants dialing in from across the continent.

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U.S. Funding Support for OPCW Laboratory

The United States announced this morning $7 million in assistance over two years for the construction of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Centre for Chemistry and Technology. This assistance, provided by the Department of Defense Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, will be added to the donations of numerous other states to build the state-of-the-art analytical laboratory for the OPCW in The Netherlands.


2019-03-11

On the Withdrawal of U.S. Diplomatic Personnel From Venezuela

The United States will withdraw all remaining U.S. personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela this week.


State Department Updates the Cuba Restricted List

The State Department has made several updates to the Cuba Restricted List, including adding five sub-entities owned by the Cuban military and one explanatory footnote. The Department also simplified some entries by removing references to parent companies. The changes take effect Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

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Treasury Sanctions Russia-based Bank Attempting to Circumvent U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Moscow-based bank that is jointly owned by Russian and Venezuelan state-owned companies. As the Treasury has continued to escalate the use of sanctions against the illegitimate regime of former President Nicolas Maduro, the net assets of Evrofinance Mosnarbank (Evrofinance) bank grew over 50 percent during 2018.

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Fiscal Year 2020 Development and Humanitarian Assistance Budget Request

The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget Request for USAID continues to advance our efforts to strengthen U.S. national security through strategic investments that promote the Journey to Self-Reliance.


Congressional Budget Justification

The Department of State and USAID are indispensable tools fbr resolving the mostditlicult national security issues and protecting our freedoms.


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