Today, Secretary Pompeo reported to the appropriate Congressional committees his determination that an additional suspension for 30 days through April 17, 2019, of the right to bring an action under Title III of the 1996 Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act is necessary to the national interests of the United States and will expedite a transition to democracy in Cuba, with the below exception.
The United States applauds the people of Venezuela for their actions to create a peaceful democratic transition, and congratulates Interim President Juan Guaido on his successful diplomatic efforts in the region and safe return to Venezuela.
On March 4, Under Secretary Hale will arrive in London where he will engage UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director General for Consular and Security Philip Barton, Director General for Political Affairs Richard Moore, and Deputy National Security Advisor Christian Turner on issues of mutual concern including Syria, the DPRK, Iran, Venezuela, and Russia on the anniversary of Moscow’s reckless use of military grade nerve agent in Salisbury.
On March 4, 2019, U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem will merge into U.S. Embassy Jerusalem to form a single diplomatic mission. This step follows Secretary Pompeo’s October 18, 2018 announcement that the two missions and teams would be combined.
As Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams announced earlier today, the United States has imposed visa restrictions on individuals responsible for undermining Venezuela’s democracy. We are applying this policy to numerous Maduro-aligned officials and their families. On February 28, we revoked the visas of 49 individuals.
Today, the United States took action against six security officials of the illegitimate Maduro regime associated with obstruction of the entry of international humanitarian aid into Venezuela or violence against those who attempted to deliver this assistance.
MR ABRAMS: Then I take back the apology. A few things to start with. First, there was a session of the UN Security Council yesterday on Venezuela. The United States presented a resolution that got the requisite nine votes for passage but was then vetoed by Russia and China.
Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated six Venezuelan government officials who are aligned with illegitimate former President Nicolas Maduro and associated with the obstruction of humanitarian aid deliveries into Venezuela on February 23, 2019.
Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy will travel to Belgium, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.), France, Rwanda, and Uganda from March 4–22, 2019.
Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Special Envoy Pedersen, for being here today. The United States congratulates you on your appointment and welcomes you to the Security Council for your first briefing as UN Special Envoy for Syria. We look forward to working with you to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict through full implementation of Resolution 2254.