On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne on his appointment as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Brussels. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Cavusoglu discussed U.S.-Turkish bilateral relations, with a focus on bilateral and multilateral security and defense issues.
Luxembourg– On November 19 and 20, the Counter ISIS Finance Group (CIFG) convened its 56 member states and observers to discuss the ongoing global efforts to counter ISIS financing. This was the twelfth meeting of this group co-chaired by the United States, Italy, and Saudi Arabia. The CIFG, established in January 2015 as one of five working groups within the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, is a broad international group formed to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS.
Thank you, Madam President, and thank you, Mr. Mladenov, for your briefing. As always, we appreciate your team’s hard work to fairly address these complicated issues.
The United States recognizes the peaceful conduct of the November 17 parliamentary elections in Belarus and the high number of accredited local and international observers.
However, election observation missions jointly concluded that “fundamental freedoms were disregarded and the integrity of the election process was not adequately safeguarded.”
Forty years ago, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was attacked and nearly burned to the ground by a violent group of protesters.
On the occasion of Monaco’s 163rd National Day, la Fête du Prince, I extend my sincerest congratulations to Monaco on behalf of the people and the Government of the United States of America.
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
President Ashraf Ghani and Secretary of State Pompeo spoke November 18, to review the steps necessary to implement President Ghani’s decision to release three high-level Taliban detainees.
On November 22, 2015, by Executive Order 13712, the President declared a national emergency to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in Burund
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Brussels on November 20 to participate in the North Atlantic Council meeting at the NATO Foreign Ministerial.