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US Flagged Vessel Rescues Distressed Iranian Mariners

The U.S. flagged merchant vessel Maersk Kinloss rescued three Iranian mariners Dec. 18. The Maersk company informed NAVCENT of the rescue of the mariners, who had been stranded at sea for several weeks.

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United States Takes Action Against Violators of Religious Freedom

The protection of religious freedom is a top Trump Administration foreign policy priority. Persecution and discrimination on the basis of religion or belief exists in every region of the world. The United States continues to work diligently to promote religious freedom and combat abuses. These recent designations continue that important work.

United States Sanctions Five Malian Individuals

Today, the United States sanctioned five Malian individuals pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13882 and in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2484 (2019). This action targets individuals threatening the peace, security, and stability in Mali, as well as an individual obstructing humanitarian assistance.

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The International Criminal Court Unfairly Targets Israel

Today, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, announced that she has concluded her preliminary examination into the so-called “situation in Palestine” and asked the ICC judges to confirm that the Court may exercise jurisdiction over the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. By taking this action, the Prosecutor expressly recognized that there are serious legal questions about the Court’s authority to proceed with an investigation.

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Milestone Marked by U.S. House of Representatives: Passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), marking a major milestone for economic engagement in our region. The next step is passage by the U.S. Senate, which we look forward to seeing soon.

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Joint Statement on the Second U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and India on the occasion of the second U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.

United States and Canada Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Critical Energy Minerals

Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis Fannon and Canadian Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Shawn Tupper signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today in Washington, D.C. on energy mineral resources. The United States and Canada recognize global demand for energy minerals will increase dramatically in the coming years and this MoU provides an important framework for cooperation in addressing these complex challenges.

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Human Rights and the Iranian Regime

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Good morning. Thank you, all. Thank you. Good morning, everyone. How are you all doing today? Everybody good?
It’s an important day here at the State Department, and I appreciate you all joining us. Bob, thanks for the kind introduction, and I’m delighted to welcome you all here to the United States Department of State.


Statement on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Update on the Situation in Venezuela

Today in Geneva, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet provided an oral update on the human rights situation in Venezuela. She documented the ongoing use of extrajudicial executions, torture, forced disappearances, and arbitrary detention of political opponents. Elected members of the National Assembly, representatives of the legitimate government of Venezuela led by interim President Juan Guaidó, and the independent media continue to face sustained attacks at the hands of the Maduro regime.

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Highlights of 2019 U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper today co-hosted Indian Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh and Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar for the second U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. The two sides reaffirmed the growing strategic partnership between the United States and India, which is grounded in democratic values, shared strategic objectives, strong people-to-people ties, and a common commitment to the prosperity of their citizens.

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