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2020-11-21

Anniversary of the Wrongful Detention of the CITGO-6 in Venezuela

November 21 marks the third year since Tomeu Vadell, Jose Luis Zambrano, Alirio Zambrano, Jorge Toledo, Gustavo Cardenas, and Jose Pereira — known as the CITGO-6 — were lured to Caracas for business meetings, wrongfully detained by masked security agents, and then thrown into one of Venezuela’s most dangerous prisons.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Negotiating Team

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s negotiating team in Doha, Qatar.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with the Taliban

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Taliban Political Deputy and Head of the Political Office Mullah Beradar and members of the Taliban negotiating team in Doha, Qatar. 

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2020-11-20

The U.S. Relationship with the United Arab Emirates Deepens

“During the Trump administration, the United States and the United Arab Emirates relationship has grown deeper and broader than at any point before.”
– Secretary Michael R. Pompeo, October 20, 2020

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Lebanon National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I send sincere congratulations to the people of Lebanon as they celebrate their Independence Day.

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U.S. Special Envoy Pham Participates in 9th Meeting of the Special Envoys for the Sahel

U.S. Special Envoy for the Sahel Region Ambassador J. Peter Pham represented the United States at the 9th Meeting of the Special Envoys for the Sahel hosted virtually by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on November 17, 2020.

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2020-11-19

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi

FOREIGN MINISTER ASHKENAZI: Secretary, I’ll just state, a great friend of Israel. (Inaudible) Pompeo and the Ambassador. We just had a great visit and I think briefing about the Golan Heights. I would like to take the opportunity to thank both the President Trump and the Secretary for their long support for the security and the fate of the State of Israel. Secretary made an historic visit to the Golan Heights, I think first ever to here.

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Marking of Country of Origin

Today, the Department of State is initiating new guidelines to ensure that country of origin markings for Israeli and Palestinian goods are consistent with our reality-based foreign policy approach.  In accordance with this announcement, all producers within areas where Israel exercises the relevant authorities - most notably Area C under the Oslo Accords - will be required to mark goods as “Israel”, “Product of Israel”, or “Made in Israel” when exporting to the United States. 

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: We just had a very intimate and productive conversation overlooking the walls of Jerusalem, and it reminded me of how deep and profound your tie is to the Jewish state. I gave you a Bible as a gift, and I said that the people of the book have not had a better friend, and I mean it. And I want to also express my appreciation for our personal friendship and everything that went along with it. So every word that I’m saying here is meant from the heart.

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Identifying Organizations Engaged in Anti-Semitic BDS Activities

It is the policy of the United States to combat anti-Semitism everywhere in the world and in whatever form it appears, including all forms of discrimination and hatred rooted in anti-Semitism.

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