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Presidential Proclamation on World AIDS Day, 2019

Our Nation unites on World AIDS Day to show support for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). We also pause to solemnly remember those worldwide who have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS-related illnesses.

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U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity

The United States reaffirms our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the lead up to the December 9 Normandy Format Summit among Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia -- the first since 2016.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  I want to comment this morning on a few terrorism-related matters, a terrorist regime, and a couple other items as well.

Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker

MS ORTAGUS:  I’ve asked Dave to go on the record today.  I thought it would be good for him to read out his last trip and go over a number of issues with you, all of you.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Kentucky, the UK, Morocco, and Portugal

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Louisville, Kentucky; London, UK; Rabat, Morocco; and Lisbon, Portugal December 1-6.

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On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States is proud to reaffirm its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls around the world to live free from violence.

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

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Delegation Meets with General Khalifa Haftar

Senior U.S. officials met with General Khalifa Haftar on November 24 to discuss steps to achieve a suspension of hostilities and a political resolution to the Libyan conflict. The delegation included Deputy National Security Advisor for Middle Eastern and North African Affairs Victoria Coates, Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy Matthew Zais, and USAFRICOM Deputy Director for Strategy, Engagement, and Programs Brigadier General Steven deMilliano.

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Conclusion of the 2019 Kimberley Process Plenary

The United States participated in the annual Kimberley Process (KP) Plenary in New Delhi, India, from November 18–22. Representatives from most of the 82 KP countries also participated in the Plenary, which was chaired this year by India.

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Briefing by U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah L. Birx

MS ORTAGUS:  Hi, everybody.  Okay.  Today, we are excited to present to you key takeaways from our annual report on the successes of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a program in continuous operation around the world since 2003.

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