Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Interim President Juan Guaido of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and underscored our unwavering support for his democratic leadership. The two discussed Interim President Guaido’s successful international trip and his many meetings in Washington.
We are outraged by the violence perpetrated in the city of Najaf on February 5 that led to the killing and wounding of peaceful demonstrators. Since October of last year, peaceful demonstrators have taken to the streets to urge government reform. They have been met with threats, brutal violence, and live fire attacks.
At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and a deputy to al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The practice of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) undermines the basic human rights of women and girls. The United States continues to stand with the international community in support of the brave women and youth who are working toward a future in which no girl or woman will have to face this horrific threat.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good evening, everyone. Welcome. This is a big moment, a long time in the making, a lot of work done – a lot of work by you all and our teams, and so I want to begin by saying thank you all for being here and joining us as we mark this very special occasion. It’s a truly great honor to welcome you in this beautiful room, the Benjamin Franklin Room – deeply historic.
The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan on the occasion of the Ministerial Meeting in the C5+1 Format.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Germany, Senegal, Angola, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and Oman from February 13-22, 2020.
The United States was among the first countries to welcome the independence of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan and has worked consistently over the last three decades to support the security, development, and prosperity of each of these countries. Central Asia has always been the strategic and commercial crossroad of civilizations between Europe and Asia.
The Alliance is a network of likeminded countries fully committed to advancing freedom of religion or belief around the world.
The United States and Ukraine recently concluded a dialogue on strategic trade control issues as well as the best practices to stem proliferation of weapons of mass destruction-related goods and technology. The U.S. Departments of State and Energy and the Ukrainian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Development, Trade, and Agriculture jointly organized the dialogue, held in Kyiv February 4-5, 2020.