The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome. Secretary Pompeo and President Mattarella discussed the strong relationship between the United States and Italy, including bilateral defense cooperation. The Secretary underscored the importance of our shared commitment to NATO and reiterated the importance of Italy, and all NATO Allies, fulfilling their NATO defense spending commitments and increasing their investments in NATO’s collective defense.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you, Ambassador Gingrich. Archbishop Gallagher, it’s great to be with you again. You brought the lamp over just a little bit closer. You always bring a little more light into my world. (Laughter.) So thank you. Thank you for that.
RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Sept. 29, 2019) – Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, travelled to Riyadh to meet with Vice Admiral Fahad al Ghofaily, Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), and U.S. Ambassador John Abizaid, Sept. 29, 2019.
Today, the United States continues to take action in response to Russian attempts to influence U.S. democratic processes by imposing sanctions on four entities and seven individuals associated with the Internet Research Agency and its financier, Yevgeniy Prigozhin. This action increases pressure on Prigozhin by targeting his luxury assets, including three aircraft and a vessel.
The State Department is imposing visa restrictions under the Immigration and Nationality Act Section 212(a)(3)(C) on Cuban officials responsible for certain exploitative and coercive labor practices as part of Cuba’s overseas medical missions program.
Thank you, Mr. President.
We welcome the Secretary-General’s announcement that the Syrian Negotiation Commission and the Syrian regime have reached an agreement on a committee that will draft a credible, balanced, and inclusive Constitution.
Washington – Today, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against Russian actors that attempted to influence the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, though there was no indication that foreign actors were able to compromise election infrastructure that would have prevented voting, changed vote counts, or disrupted the tallying of votes.
As the High Holy Days commence, Melania and I wish those observing Rosh Hashanah a blessed and happy New Year.
On behalf of the American people, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to the Chirac family and the people of France on the passing of former French President Jacques Chirac.
The Department of State is reviewing the newly released report by The Sentry entitled, “The Taking of South Sudan.” We welcome The Sentry’s efforts to bring light to corrupt practices in South Sudan. The relationship between corruption and conflict in South Sudan is of long-standing concern to the U.S. government, and we are troubled by the numerous allegations of corruption cited in the report.