Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa announced a brand new, continent-wide Prosper Africa program in trade and investment. Worth up to $500 million over five years, subject to the availability of funds, this flagship program will offer new and expanded support services to increase two-way trade and investment between Africa and the United States substantially.
Today, the Department of State has designated Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and Maalim Ayman, senior leaders of al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based al-Qa’ida affiliate, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under section 1(a)(ii)(B) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian today in Paris, France. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Le Drian emphasized the importance of the Transatlantic alliance and our shared goal of NATO unity.
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with French President Emmanuel Macron today in Paris, France. Secretary Pompeo and President Macron discussed significant threats to global security, efforts to counter violent extremism, Iran’s destabilizing behavior, and Hizballah’s malign influence in Lebanon.
On November 15, 2019 and in the week that followed, brave Iranians took to the streets of more than 200 cities across Iran to protest four decades of mismanagement by a corrupt regime that squandered its people’s wealth on terrorism abroad and oppression at home.
We mourn the terrible loss of five American soldiers who died yesterday in service of our country as a part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Egypt.
MODERATOR: Hey, good morning, everybody. Thanks for joining us. Welcome to this background call previewing Secretary Pompeo’s trip to France, Turkey, Georgia, and several locations in the Middle East which the Secretary announced this past Tuesday.
“I don’t think anyone should ever underestimate the relationship between our two countries, the values that our two nations share, and our ability to work together to deliver good outcomes for both of our peoples.”
you know from the announcement, Secretary Pompeo will travel to Paris, Istanbul, and Tbilisi, Georgia over the next several days. The first stop, arriving tomorrow in Paris, Secretary is going to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in France.