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Explosion in Beirut

I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to all those affected by the massive explosion at the port of Beirut today.

Digital Briefing on U.S. Efforts to Combat Terrorism in Africa during COVID

General Anderson: Marissa, thanks, appreciate the introduction, and I’m happy to be here. I really appreciate all the interest and the folks from the continent tuning in to ask some questions and to listen to what we have to offer here.

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Statement from National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien Regarding Libya

The United States is deeply troubled by the escalating conflict in Libya. We strongly oppose foreign military involvement, including the use of mercenaries and private military contractors, by all sides.

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On the Chinese Communist Party’s Extra-Territorial Authoritarianism

The Chinese Communist Party cannot tolerate the free thinking of its own people, and increasingly is trying to extend its reach outside China’s borders. In the latest example, Chinese authorities have reportedly issued arrest warrants for six pro-democracy advocates resident outside of China, including a U.S. citizen.


Congratulations on Niger’s 60th Independence Day

On behalf of the United States Government and the American people, I send my congratulations to the Government of Niger and all Nigeriens on the 60th anniversary of your independence.

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On China’s Predatory Fishing Practices in the Galápagos

The People’s Republic of China subsidizes the world’s largest commercial fishing fleet, which routinely violates the sovereign rights and jurisdiction of coastal states, fishes without permission, and overfishes licensing agreements.


On the Postponement of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Elections

The United States condemns the Hong Kong government’s decision to postpone by one year upcoming Legislative Council elections originally scheduled for September 6. There is no valid reason for such a lengthy delay.

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On Sanctioning Human Rights Abusers in Xinjiang, China

The Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang, China against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities rank as the stain of the century. The Trump Administration has led the world’s effort to impose tangible costs on the PRC’s continuous campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, intrusive surveillance, forced labor, forced population control, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at these groups. Today, we are continuing that record of principled action.

On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, we wish Muslims in the United States and around the world Eid Mubarak. Eid al-Adha is a time for compassion, generosity, and sacrifice – values demonstrated by Abraham’s commitment to God.

On the Occasion of Switzerland’s National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the people of the Swiss Confederation on the occasion of your National Day.

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