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2017-07-21

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon

President Donald J. Trump will host Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the White House on July 25. The two leaders will discuss issues of mutual concern, including the fight against terrorism, the economy, and refugees.

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United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker Travel to Ukraine, France, Belgium, Austria, and the United Kingdom

United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker will travel to eastern Ukraine on July 21 to meet with those who have been affected by Russian aggression and to discuss the importance of security and safety for all Ukrainians.


2017-07-20

Belgium National Day

On behalf of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of Belgium on the occasion of your national day.

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Troika and EU Joint Statement on South Sudan

The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and the European Union condemn the continuing violence in South Sudan, especially the Government of South Sudan’s current offensive against SPLM-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) forces near Pagak, as well as ongoing road ambushes and attacks by the SPLM-IO.

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President Donald J. Trump’s Six Months of America First: Foreign Policy and National Security

In the first six months of his Administration, President Trump has put America First in world affairs and national security.

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Dialogue and Counterterrorism Cooperation With Sudan

The United States welcomes the recent announcements by the Governments of Sudan and Saudi Arabia underscoring Sudan’s commitment to sustain positive dialogue with the United States and to continue collective efforts to fight terrorism.

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2017-07-19

Statement from the Press Secretary on Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif

The United States is very concerned about tensions surrounding the Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif, a site holy to Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and calls upon the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to make a good faith effort to reduce tensions and to find a solution that assures public safety and the security of the site and maintains the status quo.

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Under Secretary Shannon Travel to Vienna, Austria

Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon will travel to Vienna, Austria, July 20-22, to lead the U.S. delegation to the Joint Commission meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Under Secretary Shannon will be accompanied by experts and officials from relevant U.S. government agencies.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Peace and Security in Africa

Thank you to our briefers, and thank you to China for organizing this very important debate.

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Respecting Religious Freedom in Russia

The Russian Supreme Court’s decision this week against the Jehovah’s Witnesses is the latest in a disturbing trend of persecution of religious minorities in Russia. We urge the Russian authorities to lift the ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses’ activities in Russia, to reverse the closing of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Administrative Center, and to release any members of religious minorities that continue to be unjustly detained for so-called “extremist” activities.

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