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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Hong Kong

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union.


U.S. Sanctions Nigerian Cyber Actors for Targeting U.S. Businesses and Individuals

Technological advancements that provide greater interconnectivity also offer greater opportunity for exploitation by malicious actors who target at-risk Americans.

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Newly Appointed Iraqi Foreign Minister Hussein

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with the newly appointed Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political Situation in Syria (via VTC)

Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you for your briefing. Thank you, Geir. And Noura, thank you so much for reminding us that we must not turn a blind eye, and may I express my sincere gratitude for your informative comments on such a very dear topic to me.

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The United States Condemns Maduro’s Latest Step to Rig the Next Venezuelan Election

Free elections are the path out of Venezuela’s deep political crisis. Unfortunately, on June 12, the Maduro regime-controlled Supreme Court continued to manipulate the Venezuelan Constitution by illegally naming a new, regime-aligned National Electoral Council (CNE).

The Conviction of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia

The United States is outraged by the decision of a Russian court today to convict U.S. citizen Paul Whelan after a secret trial, with secret evidence, and without appropriate allowances for defense witnesses. We have serious concerns that Mr. Whelan was deprived of the fair trial guarantees that Russia is required to provide him in accordance with its international human rights obligations.

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing by the UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL (via VTC)

Thank you so much, and thank you for all of your updates today. We hope the entire UNITAD team can fully return to its work in Baghdad as quickly and as safely as possible.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

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On the Occasion of the Official Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On behalf of the United States government, I congratulate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the Queen’s Birthday.


José Daniel Ferrer Receives the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Award

Human rights defender José Daniel Ferrer has spent most of his adult life imprisoned for trying to make Cuba a free nation. Ferrer has worked tirelessly to ensure all Cubans have a voice in the affairs of their own country. The Castro regime has responded by beating and torturing Ferrer, harassing and threatening his family and colleagues, and imprisoning him simply for demanding a better life for Cubans. Despite these abuses, Ferrer has persisted.

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