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2019-09-26

Joint Statement by the Foreign Ministers of the Small Group on Syria

We, the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America made the following statement on the urgent need for a lasting political solution for Syria, on the basis of United Nations Security Council 2254.


Turkmenistan Independence Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America and the American people, I would like to convey my best wishes to the people of Turkmenistan as you celebrate your country’s Independence Day on September 27.

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Public Designation of Raul Castro, Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights

The Department is publicly designating Raul Modesto Castro Ruz, the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and First Secretary of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights.

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Haitian Foreign Minister Edmond

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met today with Haitian Foreign Minister Bocchit Edmond, on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. The Deputy Secretary and the Foreign Minister reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Haiti partnership and shared hope that Haiti’s political stakeholders would soon identify a path to forming a government that remains firmly rooted in democracy and the rule of law.

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2019-09-25

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding a Democratic Transition in Venezuela

Today, President Donald J. Trump and other United States officials hosted leaders from Western Hemisphere countries to discuss the need for a democratic transition in Venezuela to resolve the prolonged political, economic, and humanitarian crisis caused by Nicolas Maduro and his regime.


Religious Freedom and Business Roundtable Event

On September 25, from 4:30–6:30 p.m. at the Harvard Club in New York City, Ambassador Brownback will co-host a business roundtable with Mr. Brian Grim, President of the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation and Mr. Bruce McEver, Founder and Chairman of Berkshire Global Advisors. The event that will feature a discussion on the relationship between religious freedom and economic prosperity.

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Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan Remarks at Roundtable Discussion on Enhancing Trade and Investment in Africa

DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Well, thank you, Keith. It’s a great honor for me to be here.
Your Excellencies, members of the business community, distinguished guests, friends and colleagues, thank you so much for being here for this important discussion we have this morning to discuss trade and investment between the United States and Africa.

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Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan Remarks at Roundtable Discussion on Enhancing Trade and Investment in Africa

DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN:  Well, thank you, Keith.  It’s a great honor for me to be here.

Your Excellencies, members of the business community, distinguished guests, friends and colleagues, thank you so much for being here for this important discussion we have this morning to discuss trade and investment between the United States and Africa.

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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Companies for Transporting Iranian Oil

Today, the United States is taking further action as part of our maximum economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime and those who enable its destabilizing behavior. We are imposing sanctions on certain Chinese firms for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction for the transport of oil from Iran, including knowledge of sanctionable conduct, contrary to U.S. sanctions. This is one of the largest sanctions actions the United States has taken against entities and individuals identified as transporting Iranian oil since our sanctions were re-imposed in November 2018.


Under Secretary Hale’s Participation in the Ministerial on the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Today, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and UN OCHA co-hosted a multilateral conference on Yemen humanitarian assistance on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York.

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