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Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Shanahan’s Meeting With Acting Afghanistan Minister of National Defense Bahrami

Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan met with acting Minister of National Defense Lt. Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami of the Afghanistan Government of National Unity today in the Pentagon.

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Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

WASHINGTON— Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti with a delayed effective date of 18 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on July 22, 2019. This decision follows then-Secretary Kelly’s announcement in May 2017 that Haiti had made considerable progress, and that the country’s designation will likely not be extended past six months.

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Head of Organization Backed by Chinese Energy Conglomerate, and Former Foreign Minister of Senegal, Charged With Bribing High-Level African Officials

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Kenneth A. Blanco, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), James D. Robnett, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (“IRS-CI”), and Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), announced today the unsealing of a Complaint charging CHI PING PATRICK HO, a/k/a “Patrick C.P. Ho,” and CHEIKH GADIO with participating in a multi-year, multimillion-dollar scheme to bribe high-level officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for business advantages for a Chinese oil and gas company (the “Energy Company”).

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Treasury Designates Large-Scale IRGC-QF Counterfeiting Ring

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated a network of individuals and entities involved in a large-scale scheme to help Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) counterfeit currency to support its destabilizing activities.

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Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan’s Meeting with Libyan Prime Minister al-Sarraj

Deputy Secretary Sullivan met with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj today in Tunis to affirm the United States’ continued partnership with Libya and the Government of National Accord, and the United States’ commitment to helping the Libyan people realize a more stable, unified, and prosperous future. The Deputy Secretary thanked Prime Minister al-Sarraj for his leadership and efforts to advance political reconciliation in Libya and for his stalwart partnership in countering terrorism and defeating ISIS.

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Entrepreneurs and Investors Selected for the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

The United States and India are proud to announce the selection of the 1,500 individuals who will participate in the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be co-hosted by the United States and India in Hyderabad, India, November 28-30.


U.S. Department of State Announces Partners for Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017

The U.S. Department of State announced today the partners for the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will be co-hosted by the United States and India in Hyderabad, India, November 28-30. Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump will lead the U.S. contingent to the summit, which will focus on the theme of “Women First, Prosperity for All” and on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.

Remarks Following Meeting With Senior Tunisian Government Officials

Thank you very much. I am honored to be here in Tunisia and to have the opportunity to meet with President Caid Essebsi, Prime Minister Chahed, and Foreign Minister Jhinaoui. The United States and Tunisia have a strong partnership that is based upon mutual interests and shared values. Our bilateral relationship with Tunisia extends more than 200 years, since soon after U.S. gained its independence, when Tunisia became one of the first countries in the world to recognize the newly formed United States.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Ministerial on Trade, Security, and Governance in Africa

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you. And good morning, everyone. It really is my honor to welcome all of you to the State Department this morning.

We’re going to begin today’s proceedings with a discussion on ways we can work together to expand trade and investment, and grow economic opportunities that benefit the people of Africa and the American people.

U.S. Department of State Supports Energy Diversification in the Caribbean

The U.S. Department of State announced $4.3 million in funding to support energy diversification in the Caribbean. The announcement was made at the U.S. and Caribbean Prosperity Roundtable November 15 in Miami. This funding, programmed through the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources, USAID, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will advance the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative and the Caribbean 2020 Strategy by providing energy-related technical assistance, grant funding for project preparation, and new opportunities for globally competitive U.S. energy firms and exports.

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