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2019-04-11

Statement of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Following Fifth Finance Ministers’ Meeting on Venezuela

“I welcomed Finance Ministers to the Treasury Department today to discuss Venezuela’s dire economic and humanitarian situation. This was the fifth such meeting, and the first since more than 50 countries recognized Interim President Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate Interim President.

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USEUCOM deploys THAAD system to Romania

STUTTGART, Germany – At the request of NATO, the Secretary of Defense will deploy a U.S. Army Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to Romania this summer in support of NATO Ballistic Missile Defense.

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On the 47th Round of the Geneva International Discussions

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

At the 47th round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on the conflict in Georgia, April 2-3, the United States welcomed the resumption of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) meetings in Ergneti and efforts by the GID Co-Chairs and participants to re-convene the IPRM meetings in Gali as soon as possible.

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Celebrating International Roma Day

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

On behalf of the Government of the United States, it is my great pleasure to congratulate the Roma on the occasion of International Roma Day earlier this week on April 8.

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On Russia’s Ongoing Violations in Ukraine

Mr. Chair, as SMM Chief MonitorAmbassador Apakan noted last week, there has been a creeping and pernicious re-engagement in the three disengagement areas along the Line of Contact in eastern Ukraine.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Central African Republic (CAR) President Faustin Archange Touadera in Washington, D.C. The Secretary affirmed U.S.-CAR relations and underscored strong support for President Touadera’s efforts to bring lasting stability and security to the Central African people by implementing the recently signed peace agreement.

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USAID Administrator Mark Green and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump Travel to Ethiopia and Côte d’Ivoire

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will travel to Ethiopia and Côte d'Ivoire April 14-17. Administrator Green will accompany Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump to promote the Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, a White House-led, whole-of-Government approach to advance global women's economic empowerment with a goal of reaching 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.

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Excerpts of the Department Press Briefing – April 11, 2019

MR CARR: Thank you, Robert. Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. It was a great honor to be sworn in this morning by the Secretary and an even greater honor to work on this issue as part of an administration committed in unprecedented fashion to the fight against anti-Semitism, to the protection of the Jewish people throughout the world, and to the support for the Jewish state.

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Treasury Sanctions Lebanese Money Launderer Kassem Chams Who Moves Money on Behalf of Narcotics Trafficking Organizations and Hizballah

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Lebanese national Kassem Chams and designated the Chams Money Laundering Organization as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNT) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). OFAC also designated Chams Exchange, a money service business located in Chtaura, Lebanon.

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Kuwaiti Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al Roudan

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met today with Kuwaiti Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al Roudan in Washington, D.C. The Deputy Secretary thanked the Minister for Kuwait’s strong economic partnership and friendship with the United States.

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