MS ORTAGUS: Hi, everybody. Okay. Today, we are excited to present to you key takeaways from our annual report on the successes of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a program in continuous operation around the world since 2003.
The White House has released the annual report, “Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda: Results and Impacts of U.S. Government Investments,” which illustrates that the United States continues to elevate global health security as a national and global priority.
The Department of State has called back U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Thomas Hushek for consultations related to the recent failure of parties to form the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity by the extended deadline of November 12. While in Washington, Ambassador Hushek will meet with senior U.S. government officials as part of the re-evaluation of the U.S. relationship with the Government of South Sudan given the latest developments.
QUESTION: Thank you so much for your time today. As we know, Iran is going through a series of protests. In Iran, people are protesting against the regime right now. What is your reaction to these protests?
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Nagoya, Japan on the margins of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
The U.S. government strongly condemns the Castro regime’s accusations against our Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Mara Tekach. The regime has launched these baseless allegations against her in an attempt to distract the international community from its abysmal treatment of the Cuban people, especially the ongoing arbitrary detention of dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer. Nevertheless, our Chargé d’Affaires and her team at the U.S. Embassy in Havana remain steadfast as they carry out the President’s mission to defend human rights and advance the cause of democracy in Cuba.
Today, the United States is sanctioning the Iranian official who helped shut down the internet for the Iranian people. The Department of Treasury has designated Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology, who is supposed to be responsible for ensuring internet connectivity inside Iran. The United States stands with the people of Iran in their struggle against an oppressive regime that silences them while arresting and murdering protestors.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates.
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Lebanon as they celebrate their Independence Day.
We recognize the importance of Bolivia’s political transition to democracy in our hemisphere, and we admire the Bolivian people for standing up for their constitution, their democracy, and for free, fair, and transparent elections.