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2018-12-19

2018 To Walk the Earth in Safety: A Message From Under Secretary Andrea Thompson Share

Each day, I witness the vitally important work carried out by the Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement to protect civilians and advance our nation’s interests through Conventional Weapons Destruction (CWD) programs.

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Sanctions Announcement on Russia

Today, the Departments of State and the Treasury took joint action against Russia’s continued and blatant disregard for international norms.

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Treasury Targets Russian Operatives over Election Interference, World Anti-Doping Agency Hacking, and Other Malign Activities

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action in response to Russia’s continued disregard for international norms.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah. The Secretary thanked the Minister for Oman’s positive engagement on many regional issues, including its role in helping facilitate UN consultations on Yemen in Sweden.

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Seventh Meeting of the Law Enforcement Coordination Group Focused on Countering Hizballah’s Terrorist Activities

On December 17-18, the United States and Europol convened the seventh meeting of the Law Enforcement Coordination Group (LECG) on countering Hizballah’s terrorist and illicit activities in Europe. Governments from the Middle East, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America participated in this session, along with Europol and INTERPOL.


2018-12-18

Press Availability With Prime Minister Zaev

DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you for that kind introduction, Prime Minister. It is a great honor to be here with you today.

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Excerpts of the Department Press Briefing – December 18, 2018

MR PALLADINO: Hello, everyone. Sorry we’re running a little later today.
A couple for the top. I want to highlight today the department’s newly published report, To Walk the Earth in Safety, which I believe has been passed out already – it is in front of you – and which we posted today to our website.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Middle East

Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. Mladenov, for your briefing.

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Sharara Oil Field in Libya

The United States continues to monitor the situation at the Sharara oil field and echoes the UN Support Mission for Libya’s call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of armed elements in the area, which is crucial to allow oil production for the benefit of all Libyans to resume.


The U.S. Strategy for Central America and Southern Mexico

The United States, in partnership with the government of Mexico, is committed to promoting a safer and more prosperous Central America by enhancing security, governance, and economic prosperity that can create greater opportunities and benefits for the people of the region and help us jointly address the shared challenges of migration, narcotics trafficking, and the activities of trans-national criminal organizations.

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