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Department Press Briefing – August 21, 2019

MS ORTAGUS: Good afternoon, everybody. Secretary Pompeo will travel to Ottawa, Canada, tomorrow for meetings with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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Joint Statement on the C5+1 High-Level Security Discussion in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan on the occasion of a C5+1 High-Level Security Discussion held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on August 21, 2019.

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Paraguay’s Designation of Hizballah as a Terrorist Organization

We commend Paraguay for designating Hizballah, al-Qa’ida, ISIS, and Hamas as terrorist organizations. This important step will help cut off the ability of these groups to plot terrorist attacks and to raise money around the world, including in the Western Hemisphere.

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Rewards for Justice: Reward Offer for Information Leading to Identification or Location of ISIS Deputies

The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the identification or location of key ISIS leaders Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, Sami Jasim Muhammad al-Jaburi, and Mu‘taz Numan ‘Abd Nayif Najm al-Jaburi.

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Syria: Anniversary of the Ghouta Chemical Weapons Attack

Six years ago, on August 21, 2013, the Assad regime launched a horrific chemical attack with the nerve agent sarin on the Ghouta district in Damascus – killing more than 1,400 Syrians, many of them children.

On the Prosecution of Cuban Journalist Roberto Quinones

The U.S. government strongly condemns the prosecution of Roberto Quinones. We call upon the Cuban regime to immediately release Mr. Quinones and to cease their abuse and mistreatment. On April 22, Cuban police arrested journalist Roberto Quinones. His “crime” was reporting a story regarding a pastor and his wife who were imprisoned for home-schooling their child.

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USOSCE Ambassador James Gilmore Discusses U.S.-German Shared Security Interests with Ambassador Gesa Bräutigam of Germany – a “Close Friend and Ally”

USOSCE Ambassador James Gilmore met August 14 with Ambassador Gesa Bräutigam, Germany’s newly-arrived Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), to discuss ways in which the United States and Germany cooperate to advance a broad range of shared security interests across the OSCE region.

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At a United Nations Security Council Session on Middle East Peace and Security

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you. Good afternoon, and thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Ms. Viotti for your briefings. I also want to thank our Polish friends for using this council presidency to confront the complex challenges in the Middle East. As I argued in January of this year in Cairo, the Trump administration is reviving America’s leadership role in the region by building and supporting coalitions to tackle regional challenges. These aren’t talkfests; we care about outcomes, not gestures. And we should consider what’s been accomplished in just seven months.

Telephonic Press Briefing with OPIC Acting President Bohigian

Moderator: Greetings, everyone, from the U.S. Department of State Media Hub of the Americas in Miami, Florida. I would like to welcome our participants who have dialed in from the United States and across the region. Today we are joined by David Bohigian, acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, also known as OPIC. Mr. Bohigian will discuss the upcoming launch of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation DFC.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. He pledged continued bilateral cooperation in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaida.

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