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Under Secretary Hale’s Meeting with Sudanese Foreign Minister Asma Abdalla

Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale met today with Sudanese Foreign Minister Asma Abdalla. Under Secretary Hale underscored unwavering U.S. support for Sudan’s democratic transition and praised the civilian led transitional government for its efforts to advance peace, prosperity, and human rights in Sudan.

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Secretary Pompeo to Deliver Remarks at the Organization of American States

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver remarks to the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020.

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Silicon Valley and National Security

SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good afternoon, everyone. Thank you, Carl, for that kind introduction. And thanks, too, to Dr. Duffy and for allowing me to be here at the Commonwealth Club today and hosting me.


Assistant Secretary Tibor Nagy Travels to Central and East Africa

Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy will travel to the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, and Sudan from January 15-29, 2020. He will meet with senior government officials, international partners, civil society representatives, faculty and students of local universities, and alumni of Department of State public diplomacy exchange programs.

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The United States Takes Action against Officials of the Former Maduro Regime Involved in Obstructing the Venezuelan National Assembly

On January 13, the United States sanctioned seven current or former officials of the former Maduro regime involved in attempting to circumvent the Venezuelan National Assembly’s democratic process. These Maduro-associated individuals attempted to siege the National Assembly palace and hold a non-constitutionally sanctioned election to prevent a majority of legitimate Venezuelan legislators from voting.

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Treasury Targets Officials Involved in Illegitimate Attempted Takeover of the Venezuelan National Assembly

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated seven Venezuelan government officials who, on behalf of former Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, led a failed attempt to illegitimately seize control of the National Assembly and block interim President Juan Guaidó and other deputies from participating in a constitutionally required election of National Assembly leadership.

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Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker

ASSISTANT SECRETARY SCHENKER: Well, good afternoon, everyone. It’s been an eventful couple of weeks here since I last visited the bullpen.

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Public Designation, Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption, of Former Moldovan Official Plahotniuc

Today, I am designating former Moldovan official and oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc due to his involvement in significant corruption. In his official capacity, Plahotniuc was involved in corrupt acts that undermined the rule of law and severely compromised the independence of democratic institutions in Moldova.

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Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources Francis R. Fannon Returns to Abu Dhabi

Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis R. Fannon returned to Abu Dhabi January 8 to 13, to discuss regional energy security and cooperation with government, business and civil society leaders. There he led the U.S. delegation at the assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Atlantic Council Global Energy forum.

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The Restoration of Deterrence: The Iranian Example

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you, all.  Good to see you.  Everybody having a good day?  It’s hard to be unhappy when the weather is this great.  I vaguely remember from my time growing up in Southern California that every day was like this.

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