The following is attributable to Acting USAID Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa met today with the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK), the Right Honourable Dominic Raab, M.P. The Foreign Secretary leads the newly formed Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) after the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan today in Washington, D.C. The Secretary commended the Foreign Minister for the monumental accomplishment of the Abraham Accords and thanked him for his participation in the White House signing ceremony.
MS ORTAGUS: Thank you so much and good afternoon, everybody. I know we’re having this call right after we did the press conference with the Secretary and we have another briefing later today, so apologies that we’re piling all of you up today. We’re going to try to allow for as much time as possible for Q&A (inaudible) many of you have it. But just want to reiterate, of course, that this is an on-the-record briefing with Special Representative for Venezuela and now also for Iran Elliott Abrams.
SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: Okay. Thanks very much, [Moderator], and good afternoon, everybody. It’s a pleasure to be with you all today. I’ll preview the Secretary’s travel to the region September 17-20 and then take some questions.
Despite the international community’s call for free and fair elections, Daniel Ortega is doubling down on repression and refusing to honor the democratic aspirations of the Nicaraguan people. Recent intensified attacks against political opposition figures and independent media in Nicaragua, including the use of spurious revenue charges to shutter studios and seize equipment, demonstrate that Ortega, along with Vice President Rosario Murillo, are interested only in prolonging their rule.
China is the world’s largest emitter of environmental pollution including of greenhouse gases and the exploitation of natural resources around the globe. Today, the United States again took action by imposing sanctions on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) state-owned Union Development Group, Ltd. (UDG) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, for its role in corrupt activities in Cambodia.
“Today, nations across the region and throughout the world are joining together, united in their determination to build a better future.” – President Donald J. Trump
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Paramaribo, Suriname; Georgetown, Guyana; Boa Vista, Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; and Plano, Texas, September 17-20, 2020. This trip will highlight the United States’ commitment to defend democracy, combat COVID-19 while revitalizing our economies in the pandemic’s wake, and strengthen security against regional threats.
In recognition of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, we reaffirm the right of every citizen to take part in the processes of democratic self-governance. Democracies are accountable to their citizens. They respect the Rule of Law, protect lives and property, and respect the freedoms, dignity, and equality of every person.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister bin Abdulrahman Al Thani after the opening of the Third Annual U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue today in Washington, D.C. Secretary Pompeo thanked His Excellency for our ongoing military partnership at the Al Udeid Air Base, initiatives to counter terrorism financing, and Qatar’s support for Afghan peace negotiations.