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2019-09-18

Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Phone Call With the President of Ukraine

The Vice President spoke by phone today with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to follow up on their productive September 1 meeting in Warsaw and discussed President Trump’s upcoming meeting with President Zelenskyy next week at the UN General Assembly in New York. 

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Joint Statement by Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA)

The Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) partners met at the Department of State on September 17-18, 2019, to continue to advance MESA and build greater cooperation in the Gulf region in the face of common threats.  The meeting was attended by Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and hosted by the United States.


Remarks to the Traveling Press

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning everyone. Thanks for joining me. Tell me where you’d like to start.
QUESTION: You can start with making the case about why this could not come from the Houthis.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Sudan and South Sudan

Thank you, Special Representative Shearer for your informative briefing.
One year ago, South Sudan’s leaders signed the Revitalized Agreement. Since then, the parties have taken some meaningful steps towards lasting peace. Political violence has decreased, and local reconciliation efforts have gained traction.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud. The Secretary and the Crown Prince discussed the recent attacks by Iran against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

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2019-09-17

Treasury Increases Pressure on Alex Saab and His Network in Venezuela

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated three individuals and 16 entities for their connections to Alex Nain Saab Moran (Alex Saab) and his business partner, Alvaro Enrique Pulido Vargas (Alvaro Pulido), who have enabled former President Nicolás Maduro (Maduro) and his illegitimate regime to corruptly profit from imports of food aid and distribution in Venezuela.

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Suspension of Talks Between Venezuela’s Interim Government and the Former Maduro Regime

The suspension of the Norway-sponsored talks between Venezuela’s interim government and the former Maduro regime reflects the refusal of the regime to negotiate in good faith. Once again, the regime sees negotiations as a delaying tactic and has subverted good-faith efforts to find a peaceful political solution.

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United States Takes Action on Vast Corruption Network in Venezuela

On September 17, the United States designated three individuals and 16 entities connected with Nicolás Maduro’s associate Alex Saab and his business partner Alvaro Pulido. This action increases pressure on Saab and Pulido, who were designated on July 25, 2019, for their looting of Venezuela’s food subsidy program.


Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Jeddah and Abu Dhabi

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 17 to 19.

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Condemning Taliban Violence

The United States condemns the recent Taliban attacks on the people, institutions, and infrastructure of Afghanistan.


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