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Terrorist Attacks in Mali and Niger

The United States condemns the recent terrorist attacks in the Sahel. These include attacks against security forces of the G-5 Sahel Joint Force in Sévaré, Mali on June 29, the landmine attack that killed four Malian troops in Koro county on June 30, the July 1 suicide bombing in Gao against civilians and Malian and French troops, and the July 1 attack that killed 10 Nigerien troops in Diffa, Niger.

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Presidential Elections in Mexico

We congratulate Mr. Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement Party on his election as the next president of Mexico based on the initial results issued by Mexico’s electoral authorities. These elections demonstrated the Mexican people’s commitment to democratic values.

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OPIC Launches Connect Africa Initiative to Invest More Than $1 Billion Supporting Infrastructure, Communications, and Value Chain Connectivity

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, today launched its Connect Africa initiative which will mobilize more than $1 billion to projects that support transportation, communications, and value chains in Africa over the next three years. The announcement comes as OPIC’s President and Chief Executive Officer Ray W. Washburne embarks on his first official travel to the continent.

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Secretary Pompeo Travel to Pyongyang, Tokyo, Hanoi, Abu Dhabi, and Brussels

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Pyongyang, Tokyo, Hanoi, Abu Dhabi, and Brussels July 5-12.

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African Union Summit in Mauritania

The United States commends the African Union (AU) on the 31st AU Summit, held in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The Summit reinforced important efforts to reform the AU, a process the United States supports and believes will ensure the AU is better positioned to solve regional issues in the coming years. As the Summit underscored, peace and security remain a priority. The United States applauds African efforts to take a more robust role in securing peace on the Continent.

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Briefing With an Iran Diplomacy Update

MS NAUERT: Welcome to all of you, and thanks for coming in. I know a lot of you have an interest in what we're doing with regard to Iran and our diplomatic efforts going forward. So keeping that in mind, we asked Brian Hook, our director of policy planning, to come down and give you a few minutes' briefing on where things stand right now.


Rwanda National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am honored to congratulate the people of Rwanda as they celebrate their nation’s independence on July 1 and their Liberation Day on July 4.

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Burundi National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Burundi as they celebrate their nation’s independence.

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Canada Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, congratulations to the Canadian people on Canada Day.

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Statement by Michael R.Pompeo – Democratic Republic of the Congo National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am pleased to offer a warm greeting to the citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as they celebrate the 58th anniversary of their country’s independence.

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