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Under Secretary Hale’s Meeting with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Dmytro Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎
Under Secretary David Hale met December 13 in Washington with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Under Secretary Hale underscored the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in the face of ongoing Russian aggression.

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USAID Administrator Mark Green Visits Haïti

The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala:
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green visited the Republic of Haïti from December 12-14, 2019.

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On Attacks by Iran’s Proxies in Iraq

ran’s proxies have recently conducted several attacks against bases where Iraqi Security Forces are co-located with U.S. and International Coalition personnel. On December 9, they launched a rocket attack against an Iraqi facility located on the Baghdad International Airport compound. The December 9 attack wounded five Iraqi soldiers, two critically.

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U.S. Designates Lebanese Businessmen Who Have Supported Hizballah

Today, as the Lebanese people demand reform and an end to corruption, the United States has designated two prominent Lebanese businessmen whose illicit financial activities, including money laundering and tax evasion, have provided financial support for Hizballah. This action applies to two Hizballah financiers, one of their business partners, and 17 affiliated entities, pursuant to E.O. 13224.

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On Algerian Presidential Elections

The United States congratulates Algeria on the recent conclusion of presidential elections. The United States and Algeria enjoy a mutually respectful and beneficial partnership. We look forward to working with President-elect Abdelmadjid Tebboune to promote regional security and prosperity.

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This Week in Iran Policy, December 9-13

“As long as malign behavior continues, so will our campaign of maximum pressure… these sanctions are aimed not at China, not at the Iranian people, but at the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran that is engaged in activity that poses threats around the world…We will continue to build out this effort to seek to convince the Iranian leadership to conform their actions to be a normal nation.”
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Remarks to the Press, December 11

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Background Briefing on U.S.-Central Asian Relations

MODERATOR: As the business cards indicate, this is [Senior State Department Official]. He’s going to talk about sort of a follow-up to the Kazakhstan foreign minister’s visit here and then talk a little more generally about the region.

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Treasury Designates Prominent Lebanon and DRC-Based Hizballah Money Launderers

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against two prominent Lebanon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)-based money launderers and their affiliated companies, including those that have generated tens of millions of dollars for Hizballah, its financiers, and their malign activities.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi in Washington, DC. Secretary Pompeo expressed strong satisfaction with the outcomes of the U.S. – Kazakhstani enhanced strategic partnership dialogue meetings held in Washington on December 4, and looked forward to continuing to strengthen bilateral relations with the government and people of Kazakhstan.

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The United States Takes Action Against the Ortega Regime in Nicaragua

Today, the United States announces new financial sanctions against Daniel Ortega’s son Rafael Ortega and three Nicaraguan companies. This new action furthers the United States’ unwavering commitment to use all economic and diplomatic tools to hold the government of Daniel Ortega accountable for acts of corruption and unconscionable human rights violations, and to support the Nicaraguan people’s struggle for a return to democracy.

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