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Middle East Strategic Alliance Political and Security Pillar Consultations

The United States hosted consultations on the political and security pillars of the Middle East Strategic Alliance today in Washington. Senior officials from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and the Gulf Cooperation Council came together to discuss the alliance, a whole-of-government initiative to advance regional stability, security, and prosperity through enhanced multilateral cooperation in the political, economic, energy, and security spheres.

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Ambassador at Large Brownback Travels to Islamabad and Abu Dhabi

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback will travel to Islamabad, Pakistan and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates February 21-25.

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Remarks at the UN General Assembly’s 67th Plenary Meeting on the Situation in Ukraine

The United States would like to thank the President of the General Assembly for hosting today’s important meeting, and welcome President Poroshenko. Thank you for joining us today.

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Treasury Sanctions Indian Narcotics Trafficker Jasmeet Hakimzada and His Network

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Indian national Jasmeet Hakimzada as a Significant Foreign Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). OFAC also designated two Indian nationals and four entities registered in India or the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that form part of the narcotics trafficking organization run by Jasmeet Hakimzada.

Statement on Hoda Muthana

Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States.

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Secretary Nielsen Announces Historic Steps with Northern Triangle Security Ministers to Confront Irregular Migration, Caravans

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met Northern Triangle security ministers in San Salvador, El Salvador to discuss the development of a “regional compact” and action plan aimed at addressing the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis of irregular migration and the formation of migrant caravans.

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Joint Statement on Escalating Conflict in South Sudan

The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) are alarmed about the escalating conflict around Yei, which represents a flagrant breach of the December 2017 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and the September 2018 revitalized peace agreement. These military actions, and the trading of blame, must stop.

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Excerpts of the Department Press Briefing – February 19, 2019

QUESTION: One more follow-up. Another American, an ISIS fighter from Alabama named Hoda Muthana, is being held in a Kurdish detention camps and is being asked to return to the United States to face justice. CBP has referred to State. I wonder if you have any comment on that.

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Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Carr Travels to Jerusalem

Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr will travel to Jerusalem February 20-21.

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Remarks By President Trump To The Venezuelan American Community

MRS. TRUMP: Thank you. (Applause.) It is wonderful to be here today in the beautiful city of Miami. (Applause.) The President and I are honored to stand with all of you as we together support the people -- great people -- of Venezuela. (Applause.) I'm proud to be here with you in the United States of America as your First Lady. (Applause.) Many of you in the room know what it feels like to be blessed with freedom after living under the oppression of socialism and communism. (Applause.) In Venezuela, the people are on the brink of reclaiming their own liberty.

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