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On the First Anniversary of the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

One year ago the United States, in conjunction with the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and our local Iraqi and Syrian partners, launched an operation that took out Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder and leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This followed the destruction of ISIS’s fraudulent territorial “caliphate” and was another major victory in the mission to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS. We have been clear in our words and our actions that we will not allow ISIS to reconstitute.

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Congratulations on Seychelles’ Elections

The United States congratulates the Government of the Republic of Seychelles and the Seychellois people on a successful election and looks forward to a peaceful transfer of power.

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U.S.-Armenia-Azerbaijan Joint Statement

The text of the following joint statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Republic of Armenia, and the Republic of Azerbaijan on October 25, 2020.

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OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Statement

The text of the following joint statement was released by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on October 25, 2020.

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Removing Cuba’s Military from the Remittance Process

Yesterday, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action to remove Cuba’s military from the process of sending remittances to Cuba. Once these changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) are effective, persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction will no longer be authorized to process remittances to or from Cuba involving any entity or sub-entity on the State Department’s Cuba Restricted List.

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U.S. Welcomes Guatemala’s Designation of Hizballah as a Terrorist Organization

We commend Guatemala for designating Hizballah as a terrorist organization in its entirety and demonstrating resolve in countering this dangerous terrorist group.  This important step will help cut off Hizballah’s ability to plot terrorist attacks and to raise money around the world, including in the Western Hemisphere.

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The United States Announces Humanitarian Assistance for the Crisis Response in Sudan

The United States announced $81 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.  This funding includes more than $64 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and $17 million from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

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U.S. Welcomes Estonia’s Action Against Hizballah

Estonia is sending a strong message in Europe, and within the European Union, by prohibiting Hizballah affiliates from entering its territory, mitigating the threat Hizballah poses to the security of Estonia and international partners.

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Joint Statement of the United States, the Republic of Sudan, and the State of Israel

President Donald J. Trump, Sudanese Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today to discuss Sudan’s historic progress towards democracy and opportunities to advance peace in the region.

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On the Anniversary of the Marine Barracks Terrorist Attack 

On October 23, 1983, Hizballah carried out a suicide bombing targeting the United States Marine Barracks in Beirut, claiming the lives of 241 American service members who had been sent on a peacekeeping mission.  The service members who lost their lives that day were true heroes, far from home in a troubled land, seeking to protect the innocent.  As inscribed on the U.S. Embassy Beirut Memorial and the Beirut Memorial at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, “They came in peace.”  We will never forget their sacrifice. 

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