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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

SECRETARY GENERAL STOLTENBERG:  Good evening, Secretary Pompeo, dear Mike.  Welcome back to the NATO headquarters.  And thank you so much for coming here just hours after your trip to Turkey, and thank you for briefing the North Atlantic Council. 

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Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Reiterates Terror Finance Risks in Iran, Clarifies “Stablecoin” Guidance, Issues AML/CFT Reports

Paris – Today the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) concluded its 31st plenary meeting with a public statement that, among other things, reiterates terrorist financing risks emanating from Iran.

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Detention of Cuban Human Rights Defender José Daniel Ferrer

The U.S. government strongly condemns the Cuban regime’s unconscionable detainment of human rights defender José Daniel Ferrer, founder of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU). 

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Statement by U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft

Today’s election of the former Maduro regime in Venezuela to the UN Human Rights Council is an embarrassment to the United Nations and a tragedy for the people of Venezuela.

The United States and Turkey Agree to Ceasefire in Northeast Syria

The United States and Turkey today announced an historic agreement putting an end to a week of hostilities in the border region of Syria:

USAID and Inter-American Development Bank to Announce New Initiative to Support Venezuelans Across Latin America and the Caribbean

On Monday, October 21, 2019, at an event hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), USAID and the IDB will announce a new global initiative to crowdsource, fund, and scale innovative solutions to support Venezuelans and host communities affected by the regional crisis.

Special Representative for Syria Engagement James F. Jeffrey Remarks to the Traveling Press

MS ORTAGUS: Do you have something to say first?
AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Yeah, just the Vice President, Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor O’Brien came out here to carry out the President’s directive to get a ceasefire as soon as possible in those areas where the Turks have penetrated into northeast Syria.

Remarks by Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo in Press Conference | Ankara, Turkey

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  One week ago, Turkish forces crossed into Syria.  Earlier this week, President Trump took decisive action to call on Turkish forces to stand down, to end the violence, to agree to negotiations.  And today, I’m proud to report, thanks to the strong leadership of President Donald Trump and the strong relationship between President Erdoğan and Turkey and the United States of America, that today, the United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria.

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Under Secretary David Hale’s Meetings with Republic of Yemen Government Officials

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
On October 17, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale met with the President of the Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG) Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik and Foreign Minister Mohammed Hadhrami in Riyadh.

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Illegitimate Maduro Regime’s Election to the UN Human Rights Council

The UN High Commissioner report on Human Rights issued this past July documented egregious human rights abuses of the former Maduro regime in Venezuela. It is sadly no surprise that Maduro shamelessly sought a seat on the UN Human Rights Council in an effort to block any limit to his repressive control of the Venezuelan people. What is truly tragic, however, is that other nations voted to give Maduro’s representative for Venezuela a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. This is a harsh blow not just against the victims of the Venezuelan regime, but also against the cause of human rights around the world.

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