The United States strongly condemns today’s horrific attack at Kabul University that killed at least 28 people and injured many others. This shameful attack on a peaceful gathering to celebrate Nowruz has marred the new year with pain and tragedy.
The United States commends the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) for its recent arrest of anti-Balaka leader Jean-Francis Diandi. We applaud MINUSCA for taking strong, decisive action to end the threat of armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and will continue to support MINUSCA and its leadership in their efforts to advance peace and stability in CAR.
President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France. The Presidents reiterated their solidarity with the United Kingdom in the wake of Russia’s use of chemical weapons against private citizens on British soil and agreed on the need to take action to hold Russia accountable.
The Thirteenth Coordinating Committee Meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), co-chaired by Morocco and the Netherlands, took place in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador-at-Large Nathan A. Sales representing the United States briefed GCTF members on the priorities for and activities of the GCTF’s Foreign Terrorist Fighter (FTF) Working Group, which the United States co-chairs with Jordan. Ambassador Sales presented an update on the United States-Netherland’s co-led Initiative to Address the Challenge of Returning Families of Foreign Terrorist Fighters, and introduced a new initiative co-led by the United States and Morocco, The Initiative on Improving Capabilities for Detecting and Interdicting Terrorist Travel through Enhanced Terrorist Screening and Information Sharing. This new initiative will address potential weaknesses or gaps in states’ capacities to develop watchlists, share information, and use that information for screening purposes in accordance with the U.S.-drafted UN Security Council Resolution 2396, which the Council adopted unanimously last December, along with 66 co-sponsors.
Today, the United States is taking action against fifteen South Sudanese oil-related entities whose revenues have contributed to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan. This action reflects the U.S. commitment to doing all it can to protect the innocent people of South Sudan.
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Effective immediately, the United States is increasing humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans in Colombia who were forced to leave their country due to the ongoing crisis created by the Maduro regime. The U.S. Agency for International Development is providing this new initial assistance, totaling $2.5 million, in partnership with the Colombian government. The funds will go to humanitarian organizations that provide Venezuelans with emergency food and health assistance in impacted border areas.
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of Tunisia's independence.
President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. The two leaders discussed the state of bilateral relations and resolved to continue dialogue about mutual national security priorities and challenges.
President Trump: It's an honor to have the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia with us, and his representatives, many of whom I know and I met in May when we were over there, where a promise of $400 billion was made by Saudi Arabia for the purchase of our equipment and other things.