The United States congratulates the people of Mozambique on their participation in the general elections held on October 15, 2019 and acknowledges the results that were certified by the Constitutional Council on December 23, 2019. We look forward to strengthening our longstanding bilateral relationship by working with President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi as he begins his new term in office and with the people of Mozambique in pursuit of stability,
ASSISTANT SECRETARY SCHENKER: Good afternoon, everyone. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah to all those who are celebrating.
The United States supports a secure, prosperous, and democratic Georgia. We commend the recent progress made on the fourth wave of judicial reform and support the ongoing dialogue between representatives of the ruling party and the opposition parties on electoral reform. We urge the Georgian government to reinforce its commitment to the principles of democracy, individual liberty, and rule of law by ensuring that its judicial and prosecutorial system is free of political bias.
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale concluded a two-day trip to Lebanon where he met with government officials, including President Michel Aoun, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, and political party representatives.
Melania and I send our warmest wishes to Jewish people in the United States, Israel, and across the world as you commence the 8-day celebration of Hanukkah.
More than 2,000 years ago, the Maccabees boldly reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, securing a victory for the Jewish people and their faith. They proudly lit the menorah to rededicate the Second Temple.
The Russian Federation’s and China’s veto yesterday of a Security Council resolution that allows for humanitarian aid to reach millions of Syrians is shameful. The resolution put forward by Germany, Belgium and Kuwait, and supported by the U.S. would have enabled life-saving assistance to reach at least four million Syrians throughout the country.
The United States is concerned by the Government of National Accord’s request for military support, and by the LNA’s threat to use foreign-supplied air assets and mercenaries to attack Misrata.
Today, the President signed into law the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019” (the Caesar Act), an important step in promoting accountability for the large-scale atrocities Bashar al Assad and his regime have carried out in Syria. The Caesar Act is named after a former photographer for the Syrian military who risked his life to smuggle thousands of photographs out of Syria that document the torture and murder of prisoners inside Assad regime jails. Caesar has dedicated his life to seeking justice for those suffering under the Assad regime’s brutality. This new law brings us closer to doing just that.
MR BROWN: Welcome to the State Department. Appreciate you coming today. Joining us today in the briefing room are Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, and the charge d’affaires of our Venezuelan Affairs Unit James Story. They’ll be presenting the latest developments with regard to the situation on the ground in Venezuela.
The U.S. flagged merchant vessel Maersk Kinloss rescued three Iranian mariners Dec. 18. The Maersk company informed NAVCENT of the rescue of the mariners, who had been stranded at sea for several weeks.