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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to India and Bangladesh

Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun will travel to India and Bangladesh October 12-16.
From October 12-14, the Deputy Secretary will visit New Delhi, India where he will meet with senior government officials and deliver keynote remarks at the India-U.S. Forum.

Joint Statement on Afghanistan – Turkmenistan – United States of America Trilateral Meeting

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan on the occasion of the inaugural Afghanistan – Turkmenistan – United States of America Trilateral Meeting.

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Sanctions on Iran’s Financial Institutions

Today, the United States is identifying the Iranian financial sector as subject to the terms of Executive Order (E.O.) 13902 and sanctioning 18 major Iranian banks, further depriving the Islamic Republic of Iran of funds to carry out its support for terrorist activities and nuclear extortion that threatens the world.

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Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program Requests Information to Bring Venezuelan National to Justice

Today, the U.S. Department of State announces a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Venezuelan national Samark Jose Lopez Bello for participating in transnational organized crime.

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United States Mission to the OSCE On Disputed Elections in Kyrgyzstan

The United States is following events in the Kyrgyz Republic closely. We ask all sides to refrain from violence and resolve the election dispute through peaceful means. The United States stands with the Kyrgyz people as they decide their future, the composition of their government, and timing and methodology of how elections are organized.

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U.S. Statement on the Situation Regarding Nagorno-Karabakh

The United States calls on both sides to end the violence immediately, to draw on existing tools, including direct communication links, to deescalate. We encourage the sides to reduce tensions by avoiding belligerent rhetoric and actions, and to return to substantive negotiations under the auspices of the Minsk Group.

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Upcoming Elections in Africa

The United States is committed to supporting free, fair, inclusive elections. The conduct of elections is important not only for Africans, but also for defenders of democracy around the world. We believe all sides should participate peacefully in the democratic process. Repression and intimidation have no place in democracies.

United States Conducts Training to Identify and Respond to Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction for Assassination

This week, the United States conducted a virtual training with key international partners from across the globe to help first responders, scientists, and security officials detect and respond to incidents where the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is suspected as a tool of assassination.

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Secretary Pompeo to Host [pre-recorded] Virtual Conference on Combatting Online Anti-Semitism

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host and deliver opening remarks during the first-ever U.S. Government conference focused on combatting online anti-Semitism. Organized by the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, the virtual conference aims to explore the threats posed by anti-Semitism on the internet and social media and to consider practical responses for governments and civil society.

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Terrorist Attack in al Bab, Syria

The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack near a crowded traffic circle in al Bab yesterday, which according to initial reports killed more than 20 innocent people and injured scores more. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of all the victims of this senseless tragedy.

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