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2019-10-15

Under Secretary Hale’s Meetings in the United Arab Emirates

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale traveled to the United Arab Emirates for meetings with senior government officials today. The Under Secretary met with National Security Advisor Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call With Iraqi President Barham Salih

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo called Iraqi President Barham Salih to discuss their shared concerns over the ongoing Turkish military incursion into Northeast Syria and the need for Turkey to immediately stop its military offensive.

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Assistant Secretary Schenker’s Travel to Qatar

Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker will travel to Qatar October 17-19. During his trip, Assistant Secretary Schenker will meet with Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani as well as other Qatari government officials to discuss bilateral and regional political issues.

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2019-10-14

Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding Turkey’s Actions in Northeast Syria

I will soon be issuing an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria. Likewise, the steel tariffs will be increased back up to 50 percent, the level prior to reduction in May. The United States will also immediately stop negotiations,

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper Regarding Turkey, Syria Border Actions

"Despite the opposition and repeated warnings from the United States and the international community, Turkish President Erdogan ordered a unilateral invasion of northern Syria that has resulted in widespread casualties, refugees, destruction, insecurity, and a growing threat to U.S. military forces.

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Sanctioning the Government of Turkey in Response to the Ongoing Military Offensive in Northeast Syria

On Friday, the United States signaled its intent to take action in response to Turkey’s ongoing unilateral military offensive in northeast Syria. President Donald J. Trump has now signed an Executive Order to press Turkey to halt its military offensive against northeast Syria and adopt an immediate ceasefire. The Executive Order gives the Department of Treasury and the Department of State, the authority to consider and impose sanctions on individuals, entities, or associates of the Government of Turkey involved in actions that endanger civilians or lead to the further deterioration of peace, security, and stability in northeast Syria.


2019-10-12

Under Secretary Hale’s Travel to the UAE and Saudi Arabia

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David P. Hale will travel to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia October 12-18. During his trip, the Under Secretary will meet with senior government officials from both countries, as well as with the President of the Government of the Republic of Yemen, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

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Statement from the Press Secretary

Today, President Donald J. Trump released $50 million in stabilization assistance for Syria to protect persecuted ethnic and religious minorities, and advance human rights. 

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne yesterday to discuss the ongoing Turkish military incursion in Northeastern Syria.

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Congratulations on the Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Prime Minister Abiy

The United States congratulates Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, on the prestigious honor of being the 100th recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Prime Minister Abiy’s commitment to seeking peace on the African continent and ending conflict with Eritrea demonstrates courage, strength, and leadership.

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