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Response to OSCE’s Chief Monitor in Ukraine, Ambassador Apakan, and the CiO’s Special Representative, Ambassador Sajdik

Ambassadors Sajdik and Apakan, we are pleased to welcome you back to the Permanent Council. The United States supports your efforts to seek a lasting peace in eastern Ukraine. The people of Ukraine deserve a peace built on the foundation of respect for international law and commitments, including those relating to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States.

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United States Announces Emergency Food Assistance for Yemen

This week, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the United States is providing nearly $131 million in additional emergency food assistance to the people of Yemen, who are suffering from the world's largest humanitarian crisis and food-security emergency.  This brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Yemen response to more than $697 million since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2018.

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No Breakthrough at Astana Meeting

The latest “Astana group” meeting on Syria did not yield an agreed list of members for the Syrian Constitutional Committee and thus failed to produce progress toward advancing the political process in this tragic conflict. For 10 months, the so-called Astana/Sochi initiative on the Syrian Constitutional Committee, created to advance the goals laid out within UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2254, has produced a stalemate.

Excerpts of the Department Press Briefing – November 29, 2018

QUESTION: Yes. On Russia, the President said he won’t be meeting with President Putin at the G20. Does the Secretary have any plan to meet with Lavrov at the G20 or in the next days, or – and did he talk with Lavrov about what’s going on in – with Ukraine?

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Topic: The Iranian Regime’s Transfer of Arms to Proxy Groups and Ongoing Missile Development

MODERATOR:  Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you for waiting.  Your excellencies, members of the diplomatic corps, and members of the press, we’re very pleased to welcome Special Representative Hook, who will be briefing today on the Iran Materiel Display.

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Morocco Hosts Bilateral Proliferation Security Initiative Workshop

The United States and Morocco held a Bilateral Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Workshop from November 27–29 in Rabat. The workshop provided both countries the opportunity to discuss authorities and capabilities to interdict suspected transfers of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems, and related materials.

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First Images of Proposed U.S. Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to welcome Pavilion USA 2020’s images and plans for the proposed U.S. pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The U.S. pavilion, entitled “What Moves You? The Spirit of Mobility,” will highlight the best of U.S. commerce and culture in the field of transportation and mobility.

Remarks to the Press

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Well, good morning, everyone.  Secretary Mattis and myself just had the opportunity to brief all the senators who wanted to hear from us.  We talked about U.S. policy in Yemen, the U.S. policy with respect to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

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ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: It's good to see all of you. Alma, thanks for that kind introduction. Ambassador Birx, thank you for hosting this wonderful Summit. Thank you for the extraordinary work you and the PEPFAR team do day in, day out. As Alma said, we are proud to be part of your team

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Hungary: Lyubishin Extradition

The United States requested the extradition of two suspected Russian arms dealers, Vladimir Lyubishin Sr. and Vladimir Lyubishin Jr., pursuant to the U.S.-Hungary Extradition Treaty.  Hungary denied the U.S. request and instead extradited the suspects to Russia, where it is unclear whether they will face trial.

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