The United States congratulates the citizens of the European Union member states on the successful conclusion of the European Parliament elections. This was an historic election as millions of Europeans cast their ballots in one of the world’s largest exercises in democracy.
Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Mueller, for your important briefing today.
Mr. President, the Assad regime, with the help of its military allies in the air and on the ground, has carried out a punishing campaign against the Syrian people over the last eight years.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. They discussed ongoing regional efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela, and Secretary Pompeo expressed appreciation for Canada’s continued support of Interim President Juan Guaido.
The United States condemns the conditions placed on the movement and activities of Cuban human rights activist and political prisoner Dr. Eduardo Cardet. Cuban regime authorities not only unjustly sentenced Dr. Cardet to three years in prison after accusing him of criticizing former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, but now impose restrictions on his release.
The United States supports the desire of the Venezuelan people to recover their democracy and bring the illegitimate Maduro regime to an end. Previous efforts to negotiate an end to the regime and free elections have failed because the regime has used them to divide the opposition and gain time.
The United States welcomes the Colombian government’s decision to establish an independent commission to examine allegations regarding the Colombian military. We understand the commission will make recommendations to President Duque in the near term. The United States strongly supports Colombia’s efforts to clarify this issue.
The United States offers its congratulations to Narendra Modi and his National Democratic Alliance on their decisive victory in India’s national elections.
Today, I made a determination pursuant to section 36 of the Arms Export Control Act and directed the Department to complete immediately the formal notification of 22 pending arms transfers to Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia totaling approximately $8.1 billion to deter Iranian aggression and build partner self-defense capacity.
Today, the United States of America and the Kingdom of the Netherlands are pleased to announce Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and business leader Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga will lead the closing session at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in The Hague, The Netherlands.
On May 23, 2019, the United States of America hosted the 16th U.S.-EU Information Society Dialogue (ISD) in Washington, D.C. Robert Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State, and Roberto Viola, Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), European Commission, co-chaired the dialogue.