The United States is a steadfast partner for the countries and institutions of Latin America and the Caribbean in their efforts to combat corruption and realize the promise of the Lima Commitment from the Eighth Summit of the Americas hosted by Peru in 2018.
Today, I am announcing the designation of former Venezuelan Minister of Electric Power and President of Corpoelec, Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez, and former Venezuelan Deputy Minister of Finance, Investment, and Strategic Alliances for the Ministry of Electric Power and Director of Procurement of Corpoelec, Eustiquio Jose Lugo Gomez.
Officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Energy, as well as the National Security Council, met with Russian Federation officials in a Space Security Exchange under the framework of the Strategic Security Dialogue. In more than 13 hours of discussion, these senior U.S. civilian and military experts with space policy and operational experience engaged in extensive discussions with Russian counterparts in the first space dialogue with Moscow in seven years.
Today, the United States continued its efforts to disrupt the financial and logistical support networks that sustain ISIS operations in the Middle East and around the world by designating two ISIS facilitators. As co-lead of the Counter ISIS Finance Group, a working group of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, the United States has worked closely with our partners to restrict ISIS’s ability to generate and transfer funds and other material to conduct its operations.
Today, I am announcing the designation of former Venezuelan Minister of Electric Power and President of Corpoelec, Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez, and former Venezuelan Deputy Minister of Finance, Investment, and Strategic Alliances for the Ministry of Electric Power and Director of Procurement of Corpoelec, Eustiquio Jose Lugo Gomez. They have been designated for accepting monetary benefits, including bribes and kickbacks
The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia. Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Gakharia discussed the importance of the U.S. Georgia partnership and our close coordination in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On July 24-26, Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook traveled to Tunisia, Qatar, and Kuwait to discuss extending the UN arms embargo on Iran, which is scheduled to expire on October 18, 2020.
Thirty years ago today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law. The ADA broke down barriers to access and opportunity, enabling millions of Americans with disabilities to utilize their talents and skills and contribute to strengthening this country.
A U.S. delegation, including representatives from the Departments of State, Defense, and Energy, as well as the National Security Council, will travel to Vienna, Austria, for U.S.-Russia Working Group meetings from July 28-30.
The United States is sanctioning brothers Santiago Jose Moron Hernandez and Ricardo Jose Moron Hernandez for their sustained support of corruption by the illegitimate Maduro regime. By enabling an illicit gold scheme and other blatant public corruption, these two men have turned a blind eye to the suffering of the people of Venezuela who are the victims of their corrupt enterprise.