Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Secretary Pompeo thanked the Crown Prince for Saudi Arabia's support for northeast Syria's urgent stabilization needs, its engagement with the Iraqi government, and its offer to help Iraq address its water and electricity shortages by sending desalination vessels and providing diesel for offline generators.
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Secretary Pompeo reiterated that the United States seeks an improved relationship with Russia and agreed to future dialogue.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the ruling coalition’s announcement of a consensus candidate other than President Kabila represents a significant step forward for Congolese democracy. We are encouraged by this sign that he intends to uphold his commitments to the Congolese constitution and the terms of the December 2016 St. Sylvestre agreement by not seeking a third term.
“I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.” – President Donald J. Trump
MS NAUERT: Good. A couple announcements to start before we get started with your questions today.
First, I would like to express our condolences to the victims of the recent earthquakes and also the aftershocks in Indonesia. The United States has experts and partner organizations on the ground.
We welcome reports that President Kabila will not seek a third term in accordance with his country’s constitution. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a historic opportunity to carry out its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power on December 23, 2018.
MODERATOR: Thank you so much. Good afternoon, everyone. And thanks so much for joining us for this background call, conference call on the imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act sanctions on Russia.
Following the use of a "Novichok" nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2018, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals.
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. They discussed the strong U.S.-Egypt partnership, U.S. military assistance to Egypt, and close cooperation on bilateral and regional security issues, including Syria, Libya, and efforts to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Leo, ambapo ni maadhimisho ya miaka ishirini tangu kulipuliwa kwa balozi za Marekani jijini Nairobi, Kenya na Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, tunawakumbuka waathiriwa wa mashambulizi haya ya kigaidi. Shambulio hili, lililotekelezwa na al-Qa’ida, lilisababisha vifo vya zaida ya watu 250 na kujeruhi wengine takribani 5,000.