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Statement on US-Russia relations

We regret that Russia has decided to turn away from an opportunity to discuss bilateral obstacles that hinder U.S.-Russia relations.

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia to congratulate him on his recent elevation. The President and the Crown Prince committed to close cooperation to advance our shared goals of security, stability, and prosperity across the Middle East and beyond.

Recent Violence and Casualties in Nagorno-Karabakh

The United States is deeply concerned over the recent violations of the ceasefire, which have resulted in multiple casualties on the Line of Contact over the last week. We urge the sides to avoid escalation and encourage immediate consideration of measures to reduce tensions along the Line of Contact and the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2360 on the Democratic Republic of Congo Sanctions Regime and Mandate of the Group of Experts

The resolution we adopted today reaffirms this Council’s commitment to continue the work started by Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan, two members of the Group of Experts for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who tragically lost their lives in March of this year while on mission in the DRC.

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State Department Amendments to the Terrorist Designations of Hizballah and al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula

The Department of State has amended the designation of Hizballah as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 and as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to add aliases including Lebanese Hizballah, which is frequently used to refer to the group, as well as the Foreign Relations Department (FRD) and the External Security Organization (ESO), key components of the terror organization.

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Coalition shoots down armed UAV in Syria

A U.S. aircraft shot down an armed pro-Syrian regime Unmanned Aerial Vehicle advancing on Coalition forces in Southern Syria, June 20.

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

President Donald J. Trump met today with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine to discuss support for the peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine and President Poroshenko’s reform agenda and anticorruption efforts.

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

The Vice President met today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to reaffirm the United States' support for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and for President Petro Poroshenko's implementation of the reforms necessary to transform Ukraine into a peaceful, prosperous, and secure European country.

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Statement on Government of Hungary’s Legislation Impacting Non-Governmental Organizations

The United States is concerned by the Hungarian parliament's passage of legislation that unfairly burdens and targets Hungarian civil society, which is working to fight corruption and protect civil liberties. By portraying groups supported with foreign funding as acting against the interests of Hungarian society, this legislation would weaken the ability of Hungarians to organize and address concerns in a legitimate and democratic manner.

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On the Passing of Vanuatu’s President Lonsdale

On behalf of the Government of the United States, I want to convey my personal condolences to President Lonsdale’s family and the people of Vanuatu on the passing of Womtelo Reverend President Lonsdale.

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