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Aid preparations gear up as Mozambique braces for second massive storm

Emergency measures are being stepped up by the UN and partners in northern Mozambique, amid fears that another devastating tropical storm could batter coastal areas on Thursday evening, weeks after Cyclone Idai claimed hundreds of lives and flooded vast swathes of the south of the country.

Press Releases: Public Designation, Due to Gross Violations of Human Rights, of Muslim Khuchiev, the Chairman of the Government of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
April 25, 2019

The Department is publicly designating Muslim Khuchiev, the Chairman (Prime Minister) of the Government of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Act, due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights. Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States. The Department has credible information that Muslim Khuchiev was involved in torture.

The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members. In addition to the designation of Muslim Khuchiev, the Department is also publicly designating his spouse, Sapiyat Shabazova.

We note that a recent report produced under the OSCE’s Moscow Mechanism concluded that Chechen government officials have committed serious and ongoing human rights violations and abuses with impunity, engaging in “harassment and persecution, arbitrary or unlawful arrests or detentions, torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions.” We again call on Russian Federal authorities to hold those officials responsible for human rights violations in Chechnya to account, including Muslim Khuchiev.

For more information, please contact DRL-Press@state.gov.


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Vaccinations create ‘umbrella of immunity’ against global measles outbreaks, says UNICEF

Between 2010 and 2017, an average of 21.1 million children missed their first dose of the measles vaccine, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed on Wednesday, stressing its importance to creating “an umbrella of immunity for everyone.” 

Press Releases: Department of State Updates the Cuba Restricted List

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
April 24, 2019

The Department of State has updated the Cuba Restricted List with five additional sub-entities owned by the Cuban military. The changes take effect today. The Department will continue to update the list as needed to ensure U.S. funds do not directly support Cuba’s security apparatus. Cuba’s military, security, and intelligence services suppress the human rights of the Cuban people and are deeply entrenched in Venezuela, providing security services to the former regime of Nicolas Maduro and contributing to its oppression of the Venezuelan people.

In accordance with the June 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum-5, “Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba,” the U.S. government generally prohibits direct financial transactions with listed entities and sub-entities because they would disproportionately benefit the Cuban military, intelligence, and security services or personnel, at the expense of the Cuban people or private enterprise in Cuba.

For more information on the regulations prohibiting direct financial transactions with entities and sub-entities on the Cuba Restricted List, please refer to the November 2017 regulatory amendments by the Departments of the Treasury (31 CFR part 515) and Commerce (15 CFR parts 730-774). The Federal Register notice can be found here.

For further information, please contact WHA Press at WHA_Press@state.gov and EB Press at EB-A-PD-DL@state.gov.


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Press Releases: Russia's Decision to Grant Expedited Citizenship to Residents of Russia-controlled Eastern Ukraine

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus
Department Spokesperson Washington, DC
April 24, 2019

The United States condemns today’s decision by President Putin to provide expedited Russian citizenship to Ukrainians living in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine. Russia, through this highly provocative action, is intensifying its assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

President Putin’s decision creates a serious obstacle to the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the reintegration of the Donbas region. The Minsk agreements, signed by Russia, call for the full restoration of Ukrainian government control over eastern Ukraine.

This comes just three days after the Ukrainian people overwhelmingly elected Volodymyr Zelenskyy the next president of Ukraine. President-elect Zelenskyy has repeatedly expressed his readiness to engage seriously with Russia to implement the Minsk agreements, and to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has claimed some 13,000 lives. It is now up to Russia to decide whether it wants to continue to escalate tensions or meet its Minsk commitments.


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‘You can and should do more’ to include people with disabilities, wheelchair-bound Syrian advocate tells Security Council in searing speech

The UN Security Council was told on Wednesday that people with disabilities “can’t wait any longer” for more of a say in how the world’s top diplomatic forum for peace and security, factors their needs into its work. 

Press Releases: Anzac Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State Washington, DC
April 24, 2019

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I stand with all Australians and New Zealanders as you mark Anzac Day.

On this day, the 104th anniversary of the first landings at Gallipoli, we remember the sacrifices made by Australian and New Zealand service personnel during World War I. The heroic actions of courageous Australian and New Zealand men and women, side by side with Americans in the trenches of the Western Front and across the harshest deserts of the Middle East, helped build a world safe for freedom and democracy.

We acknowledge, too, the many brave Australian and New Zealand personnel, past and present, who have sacrificed and served to secure peace in the years since the Great War.

The bonds between Australia, New Zealand, and the United States remain strong and steadfast. Each day we collaborate to preserve the freedom and security of the Indo-Pacific region and around the globe. We join our Australian and New Zealand friends on this Anzac Day to reflect solemnly on the historic legacy of the Great War and the brave servicemen and women who fell to protect their nations and the freedom and security of their fellow citizens.


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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
April 24, 2019

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.  The Secretary thanked the foreign minister for his continued efforts to build upon the robust U.S.-Qatar partnership, including follow-through on Qatar’s commitments to fair competition in civil aviation.  The Secretary and the foreign minister discussed a range of regional issues, covering Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan, and efforts to counter the Iranian regime’s malign influence.


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Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Diplomacy for Peace Day, #VaccinesWork, the cost of war on Afghans, tech and well-being

Top news for Wednesday includes: the first-ever International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, the launch of World Immunization Week, civilians continuing to bear the brunt of ongoing violence in Afghanistan, the need for more regulation in the tech industry, a call for more exercise and less screen time for children, and a plea by the UN refugees High Commissioner not to let extremism divide us. 

VA Secretary praises department's model path to ending opioid addiction: Statement follows President Trump's remarks at summit addressing drug crisis

Calling the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs a recognized leader in pain management and opioid safety, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie today underscored the department's innovative approaches to chronic pain management.

Multilateralism’s ‘proven record of service’ is focus of first-ever International Day  

The International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace “underscores the value of international cooperation for the common good”, according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres marking its first-ever observance on Wednesday. 

Press Releases: On Freedom of Expression in Burma

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus
Department Spokesperson Washington, DC
April 24, 2019

Burma’s Supreme Court decision yesterday to uphold the sentencing of Pulitzer-prize winning journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, despite serious irregularities in the case against them, sends a profoundly negative signal about freedom of expression and the protection of journalists in Burma. In this regard, the United States is deeply concerned by recent arrests of reporters, political activists, civil society members, and satirical performers in Burma. We urge Burma to protect hard-earned freedoms, prevent further backsliding on recent democratic gains, and reunite these journalists with their families.


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Press Releases: Ambassador Nathan A. Sales To Host Trilateral Strategic Dialogue Counterterrorism Consultations With Australia and Japan

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
April 24, 2019

On April 24, Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, will host the 13th U.S.-Australia-Japan Trilateral Strategic Dialogue (TSD) Counterterrorism Consultations in Washington, D.C. This year’s TSD will focus on Southeast Asia, covering a comprehensive set of shared counterterrorism objectives, new threats, and persistent challenges.


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Under-fives' daily screen time should be kept to 60 minutes only, warns WHO

Toddlers should spend no more than 60 minutes passively watching a screen every day, while babies under 12 months should have none, to ensure that they grow up fit and well, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, as part of a campaign to tackle the global obesity crisis. 

UN rights chief ‘strongly’ condemns ‘shocking’ mass executions in Saudi Arabia

Despite repeated appeals by the United Nations human rights system, Saudi Arabia’s decision to go ahead with the beheading of 37 men, drew strong condemnation on Wednesday from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

Press Releases: Acting Under Secretary Manisha Singh's Travel to Hawaii, Australia, and Fiji

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
April 24, 2019

Acting Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Manisha Singh is traveling to Hawaii, Australia, and Fiji from April 24 to May 6. The trip is part of the Administration’s commitment to engage in the vital Indo-Pacific region, and ensure it is free, open, and rules-based.

The Acting Under Secretary will be in Honolulu, Hawaii, from April 24-27 to meet with officials at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and discuss economic issues.

In Australia, from April 27 to May 2, Acting Under Secretary Singh will meet with government officials and U.S. business leaders to engage on ways to further enhance Indo-Pacific economic engagement. In Sydney, she will participate in a roundtable with U.S. companies focused on the digital economy to discuss the importance of this growing sector in the region. In Canberra, she will participate in two roundtables, one on the importance of cybersecurity and a session on the strong economic relationship between the United States and Australia.

The Acting Under Secretary will travel to Fiji from May 2 to 6, where she will join government officials and business leaders at the Asian Development Bank’s Annual Meeting. She will deliver the keynote address at a session on “New Tools for Sustainable Infrastructure Development.”

For updates on Acting Under Secretary Singh, follow her on Twitter @EconAtState.


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UN celebrates books as ‘bridges across cultures’

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO has long celebrated the power of International Book and Copyright Day, marked on 23 April, but this year, special attention is being paid to the protection of indigenous languages, many of which are threatened with extinction.

Press Releases: Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook And Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources Francis R. Fannon

Special Briefing Brian Hook
   Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Special Representative for Iran  Francis R. Fannon
   Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources Washington, DC
April 22, 2019

QUESTION: Hey guys. Thanks very much for doing this. Nick from PBS NewsHour here.

A couple of follow-ups: One, the Secretary was almost getting there at the end, but just specifically, is there a wind-down period? What kind of wind-down period will there be?

And as you know, with China and Turkey, you’re in the middle of huge strategic conversations with them. Turkey, obviously S-400, F-35. China, the entire trade talks. Do you have – do you believe that this announcement, this move, will impact those larger strategic talks? Thanks.

MR HOOK: You want to do the first one?

MR FANNON: Sure, I’ll speak to the wind-down period. Hi. Yeah, I would say that we’ve – the wind-down period, if we look at it, was – will be a year in terms of going to zero. We’ve been very clear from the outset when the administration initiated its withdrawal from the JCPOA. So that continues. We’ve already taken a million and a half barrels off the market and are finalizing our path to zero, which will end on 2nd May.

We’re doing this purposefully. The Secretary made the announcement today to provide the ability for markets to be managed prior to the expiration. And we’re doing this in close cooperation and consultation with some of the largest producers in the world alongside of the U.S. production. So we feel very confident in terms of – the global oil markets will remain well supplied.

QUESTION: Sorry, one year from May 2nd, you’re saying, or one year from the JCPOA?

MR FANNON: We started this last May, right?

QUESTION: Right.

MR FANNON: Well, if we hit that one year this May, so we say the wind-down period was – began then. We’ve been very clear in terms of our path to zero, and we’re pleased to see that global market conditions and cooperation from other partners allow us to close out this year to zero.

QUESTION: No further wind-down period after May 2nd?

MR HOOK: There will be no additional SREs granted. That is the policy.

With respect to the impact, the point of this is not to negatively impact other countries. We have – we are doing everything we can to ensure a well-supplied oil market and that there aren’t any supply interruptions. We have a very well supplied oil market right now. We have always said from the time – this has been a year now, we’ve said this repeatedly, Frank and I have, and the Secretary, the President – we are not looking to grant any exceptions or waivers to our campaign of maximum economic pressure. And this is the only way – this is the biggest leverage we have on the Islamic Republic of Iran, is their oil exports. And if you want to seek a change in behavior, you have to show seriousness of purpose on the oil.

And we’re seeing – I was here a week or two ago giving a briefing on the impact that we are seeing. With this decision today, we expect to see more positive impacts to deny Iran the revenue it needs to conduct its foreign policy, to fund its proxies and satellites around the region, to fund its missile program. And that’s a very positive thing. And so we think that this sort of move pays a lot of benefits for the Middle East broadly to promote peace and stability. It is very hard to imagine a peaceful and stable Middle East if you accept the status quo of Iran’s expansionist foreign policy.

QUESTION: Can I just try --

QUESTION: Can you talk about the --

MR HOOK: Michele.

QUESTION: -- the sanctions that these countries could face? I mean, are you talking about targeted sanctions? Are you talking about sanctions that could affect the U.S. trade relationship with countries like India and China?

MR HOOK: I don’t have anything to add beyond what the Secretary said. We will sanction any sanctionable behavior. We have given countries – after the President announced he was leaving the deal, countries were given a six-month pre-wind-down before the sanctions were re-imposed in November. And then because we had a very tight and fragile oil market in November, the President decided to grant a handful of waivers. We have always wanted to get to zero as quickly as market conditions will permit. We just face a much better oil picture globally than we did six months ago, and it will only improve from here.

MS ORTAGUS: Matt.

QUESTION: Yeah.

MR HOOK: And so that’s why we’re in a better place.

QUESTION: I just want to – I understand you, the Secretary, and the White House also have all said there will be no more SREs granted, the waivers granted. But does that mean – will all of these countries whose waivers are expiring on the 2nd get hit with sanctions on May 3 if they haven’t cut all of their purchases, or is there some kind of leeway in there for them to, let’s say, continue to take delivery of pre – of oil that they purchased before May 2nd before the waivers expire, or will they be able to use money after May 2nd that’s already been set aside for these purchases? I mean, forget about whether the waivers will be continued – are they going to get hit with sanctions starting May 3?

MR FANNON: I think the Secretary spoke to that.

MR HOOK: Yeah, he already spoke to it. We don’t have anything to add beyond what he said.

QUESTION: Well, I – well, he didn’t, actually --

MR FANNON: No, he did.

QUESTION: -- because you keep saying that SREs won’t be – look, I’m not accusing you, I just don’t want this to be, like, you’re playing cute here. Will India, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, all the – China, get hit with sanctions on May 3rd if they do not stop between now and then taking delivery of Iranian oil?

MR HOOK: It’s a hypothetical that the Secretary’s already addressed.

MS ORTAGUS: Kylie, another question.

QUESTION: Can you talk a little bit about the numbers? You said that – excuse me – 1.5 million barrels have been taken off the market. So how many was Iran exporting last year at this time? How many are they exporting now? And the five countries that are still largely importing Iranian oil, how much are they importing?

MR FANNON: Well, we can get – with respect to some of the specific numbers and the 1.5, that’s been – made that – those numbers available publicly in the past. In terms of the specific countries, that’s subject – some of those are subject to ongoing – the diplomatic discussions. There’s plenty of published reporting on – in terms of estimates on what different countries are importing, and we just – we haven’t any further – anything further to comment on those specifically.

I think what – the other point the Secretary underscored was just the tremendous increase in continued uptick in production in the United States, and how EIA continues to have to revise upward almost on a couple-month basis in terms of what U.S. production – what the U.S. production is. Just last year, adding 1.6 million barrels to the market is significant. We’re on trend to – projected to do something along similar this year, so we’re very confident in terms of the overall supply.

I think the other point is global oil stocks are at five-year averages. That’s important. And we’re in a very positive position relative to some of the other producers the Secretary alluded to that are working with us in partnership.

QUESTION: Those prices went up significant today, though. Can you speak to that? Do you expect them to level out later this week?

MR FANNON: We saw some increase, so it’s hard to conflate our announcements – what was made versus other things. I think just a few hours prior you could look at other reporting as to the OPEC curtailment. There’s lots of reasons in terms of what affects oil markets. What we’re here to say also, though, and as the Secretary alluded, we’re having to do it – we’re doing this in coordination with other major producers, and we would refer you to their actions as well. We’re doing this to ensure – in a coordinated way to ensure that the global oil market is well supplied.

MS ORTAGUS: Great. Thanks, guys.

MR HOOK: Thanks.

QUESTION: Thank you.


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Press Releases: Assistant Secretary Royce Travels to the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
April 23, 2019

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce will travel April 23-29 to the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago to promote and strengthen the State Department’s cultural and educational diplomacy efforts in the Western Hemisphere.

While in the Dominican Republic, Assistant Secretary Royce will meet with government officials, ECA program alumni, Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) partners, and disaster risk management experts, as well as tour an ECA-funded cultural restoration project. She will also launch the American English teacher’s guide for Dominican teachers, and visit the first-in-the-world American English Lounge at our binational center in Santo Domingo.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Assistant Secretary Royce will highlight achievements by women leaders in Trinidad and Tobago during the Embassy’s Women of Courage Award ceremony, and participate in a workshop addressing solutions to countering crime and violent extremism. She will also meet with government officials, and with ECA program alumni.

For further information, contact ECA-Press@state.gov. Follow along on Twitter at @ECA_AS.


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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: sexual violence in conflict, a malaria vaccine trial, updates on Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, Sri Lanka and Mali

Here are our top stories for this Tuesday: a focus on conflict-related sexual violence at the Security Council, a groundbreaking trial for a malaria vaccine in Malawi, thousands seeking shelter in Libya’s capital as fighting continues, concerns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the attack of an Ebola treatment centre, an update on the death toll of the Sri Lanka attacks, and the Security Council’s condemnation of the killing of peacekeepers in Mali. 

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