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Designation of a United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

I am pleased to announce the concurrent designation of Assistant Secretary Robert A. Destro of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor to serve as the United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Welcome. Today I want to discuss a theme that deserves far more attention, and that is that America is a force for good in the world.

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud After Their Meeting

SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning, everyone. This Strategic Dialogue between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that Prince Faisal and I launched today marks a new era in our relationship.

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Joint Statement on the Launch of the Israel-Lebanon Maritime Talks

The text of the following statement was released by the Government of the United States and the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon.

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Representatives from the governments of Israel, Lebanon, and the United States met on October 14 to launch discussions aimed at reaching consensus on a common Israel-Lebanon maritime boundary.

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USAID and LIXIL Announce New Global Partnership to Expand Access to Sanitation

Last night, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new partnership agreement with the global sanitation company LIXIL(link is external) to extend market-based solutions for sanitation and hygiene to underserved and vulnerable communities around the world.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Highness Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, in conjunction with the launch of the U.S.-Saudi Strategic Dialogue in Washington, D.C.

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Release of American Hostages Held in Yemen

Today, we join with all Americans in welcoming the release of two U.S. citizens from Houthi custody in Yemen.
My deepest condolences go out to the family of a third American who died while in captivity, but whose remains are being repatriated.

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to India

During his visit to New Delhi, India from October 12-14, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun delivered keynote remarks at the India-U.S. Forum and met with senior Indian government officials ahead of the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue later this year.


Under Secretary Hale’s Calls with Moldovan President Dodon and Former Prime Minister Sandu

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale spoke today with Moldovan President Igor Dodon and former Prime Minister Maia Sandu about the November 1 presidential election in Moldova.

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On Transparency and Foreign Funding of U.S. Think Tanks

The Department of State maintains close ties with the academic community, think tanks, and various external sources of expertise in foreign affairs to advance the interests of the United States. We welcome diverse views when doing so. We are mindful, however, that some foreign governments, such as those of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Russian Federation, seek to exert influence over U.S. foreign policy through lobbyists, external experts, and think tanks.

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