Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is taking action in response to the April 4, 2017 sarin attack on innocent civilians in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, by the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. In one of the largest sanctions actions in its history, OFAC is designating 271 employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), the Syrian government agency responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons and the means to deliver them.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met today with Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah in Doha. This meeting closely followed a March 27th meeting between the defense minister and the secretary at the Pentagon.
Secretary Tillerson spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today to follow up on bilateral issues discussed during his April 11-12 visit to Moscow.
Today the United States co-hosted with France and the United Kingdom a UN Security Council Arria-formula meeting on the Syria Commission of Inquiry (COI). After six years of impartial and independent investigations, their reports highlight the devastating toll of the Assad regime’s brutality against the Syrian people.
President Trump spoke yesterday by telephone with His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Amir of Qatar. They reaffirmed the close defense cooperation between our two countries and committed to strengthen efforts to defeat violent terrorists.