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Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month, 2020

In 1654, the first Jewish settlers arrived in New Amsterdam, present day New York City, seeking the freedom to practice their faith.  In the centuries since, Jewish Americans have contributed in countless ways to our country’s culture and character.

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The United States’ Concern with the Southern Transitional Council’s Announcement of “Self-Rule” in Southern Yemen

The United States is concerned with the recent actions of Yemen’s Southern Transitional Council (STC), including what the STC calls an announcement of “self-rule.” Such unilateral actions only exacerbate instability in Yemen.

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Terrorist Attack in Afrin, Syria

The United States condemns the act of terror carried out today in Afrin, Syria, claiming the lives of dozens of people shopping in the central market as they prepared to break the Ramadan fast.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Youth, Peace, and Security (via VTC)

Thank you, José, and thank you for hosting this very important issue today. Thank you, Secretary-General Guterres, for your presentation and for your report on such an important issue. I know I’m not alone in saying that our future truly does rest in the hands of our young people, and that we must do everything in our power to remove the obstacles that limit their meaningful participation in public life.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Omani Sultan Haitham

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Omani Sultan Haitham bin Tarik Al Said. Secretary Pompeo and Sultan Haitham discussed U.S. and Omani efforts to contain and mitigate COVID-19.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with French Foreign Minister Le Drian

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss cooperation on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary Pompeo stressed the United States’ steadfast commitment to the Transatlantic relationship and solidarity at NATO.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Interim President of Venezuela Guaidó

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Venezuela’s interim President Juan Guaidó where he affirmed, the United States’ continued support for his and the democratically elected National Assembly’s efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela.

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Joint Statement by President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Meeting on the Elbe

April 25, 2020, marks the 75th Anniversary of the historic meeting between American and Soviet troops, who shook hands on the damaged bridge over the Elbe River.  This event heralded the decisive defeat of the Nazi regime.

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Iran’s Space Program is Dangerous, Not Peaceful

For years, Iran has claimed its space program is purely peaceful and civilian. The Trump Administration has never believed this fiction. This week’s launch of a military satellite by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, makes clear what we have said all along: Iran’s space program is neither peaceful nor entirely civilian.


Statement from USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa on World Malaria Day

Malaria thrives in times of crisis. When Ebola struck Africa and disrupted health care, malaria spiked. When Cyclones Idai and Kenneth tore through the Republic of Mozambique, malarious mosquitoes flourished in floodwater. As the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela caused by the criminal Maduro regime spiralled out of control, malaria soared.

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