Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
The Department is publicly designating Julio Cesar Gandarilla Bermejo, Minister of Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior (MININT), under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, as carried forward by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, due to his involvement, by command responsibility, in gross violations of human rights in Venezuela.
Today, I am announcing an update to the Cuba Restricted List to add five sub-entities owned by the Cuban military to the list of entities with which direct financial transactions are generally prohibited. On November 16th, Cuba commemorates Havana’s 500th anniversary. Havana was once one of the most dynamic and prosperous cities in the Americas.
Since the United States became the first non-African country to establish a dedicated diplomatic mission to the African Union in 2006, the United States and African Union Commission (AUC) have built an enduring partnership based on mutual interests and shared values. The United States has worked with the AUC, since launching an official High Level Dialogue in 2013, to advance our partnership in four critical areas: peace and security; democracy and governance; economic growth, trade, and investment; and opportunity and development.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to the United Kingdom from December 2 to 4, 2019, to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Leaders Meeting and a reception hosted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Washington, D.C., on the margins of the D-ISIS Coalition Small Group Ministerial.
The African Union Commission (AUC) and the United States convened for the 7th Annual AUC – U.S. High-Level Dialogue, led by Ambassador David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and Ambassador Smaїl Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, on November 15, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper travels to the United Arab Emirates November 17-19, 2019, where he will join a delegation of senior U.S. officials led by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord for the Dubai Air Show.
MS ORTAGUS: Okay, good afternoon, everybody. Thank you for joining us for this briefing today at the State Department.
Over five years of military and civilian engagement, the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, with its partners, have liberated Iraq and northeast Syria from Daesh/ISIS’s grip.
The Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America strongly support the work of the UN Secretary-General and UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2254.