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2020-07-17

European Court of Justice Invalidates EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

The United States shares the values of rule of law and protection of our democracies with our partners in the European Union (EU). Therefore, we are deeply disappointed that the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) has invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework.

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2020-07-16

Statement on U.S./Iraq/GCC Cooperation

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Republic of Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council.
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The Government of Iraq, Gulf Cooperation Council, and United States have renewed their full support for the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) project to connect the electricity grids of Iraq and the GCC.

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2020-07-15

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability

SECRETARY POMPEO: Welcome. I want to start by marking two anniversaries. First, on July 11th, the United States and Vietnam celebrated the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries. Quite an achievement.


The United States and Six Member States of TFTC Target ISIS-Linked Financial Network

The United States works closely with its allies in the Middle East and around the world to combat the scourge of terrorism. Today, the seven member states of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) announced the designation of six individuals and entities affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as part of our efforts to disrupt ISIS’s ability to finance its global operations.

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New Humanitarian and Health Assistance Bolsters U.S. Leadership in Response to COVID-19

The American people’s generosity remains unmatched in the global fight against COVID-19. The Department of State and USAID are providing an additional $208 million in new humanitarian and health assistance to bolster our ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation inflicted by this deadly virus. With today’s announcement, the State Department and USAID alone have committed more than $1.5 billion for the global COVID-19 response since the outbreak began.

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U.S. Imposes Visa Restrictions on Certain Employees of Chinese Technology Companies that Abuse Human Rights

The United States of America has long been a beacon of hope for the world’s most oppressed peoples, and a voice for those who have been silenced. We have been especially vocal about the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses, which rank among the worst in the world.


Updated Public Guidance for Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)

Today, the Department of State updated the public guidance for Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which allows for the imposition of sanctions on persons making certain investments or engaging in certain other

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Pan American Health Organization Transparency

The United States government welcomes the Pan American Health Organization’s decision to initiate an independent review of its role in the Mais Medicos program, pursuant to which PAHO provided well over a billion dollars to Cuba. The United States and other key PAHO member states have actively worked with PAHO leadership to design this review into how Mais Medicos was initiated and operated.

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Remarks at an Arria-Formula Meeting on Natural Resources in the Great Lakes (via VTC)

Thank you, Ambassador, very much. We are delighted, as well, to co-host today’s event with the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, and Belgium.

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United States and Pakistan To Become Partners Under the Hague Abduction Convention

The Department is pleased to announce that on July 1, 2020, the United States accepted Pakistan’s accession to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Convention).


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