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  • Collected Department Releases: Delivery of Humanitarian Assistance to Rukban


    on April 25, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Press Statement

    Morgan Ortagus
    Department Spokesperson

    Washington, DC

    April 25, 2019

    The United States is appalled by the Assad regime’s decision to reject the UN request to deliver a convoy of urgently needed humanitarian aid from Damascus to the Rukban encampment. We remain deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Rukban, especially as the Holy Month of Ramadan is about to begin. We urge the Assad regime and Russia to permit deliveries of international humanitarian assistance from Damascus and stop blocking commercial routes to the encampment immediately in order avert further suffering.

    The United States condemns any attempt to prevent the UN from delivering humanitarian aid. Most of the residents in the Rukban encampment are women and children. Some have not eaten a meal for days because of the lack of UN access and basic food supplies. It is critical that the UN have unhindered and consistent humanitarian access to those located within the encampment and all vulnerable populations throughout Syria in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2449.

    Any process to facilitate departures from Rukban should ensure that movements are safe, voluntary, dignified, and coordinated with UN agencies. Such decisions cannot be made safely and voluntarily in conditions of severe deprivation. The United States has not and does not impede the movement of IDPs wishing to leave the encampment.

    The United States is the largest single donor for the Syria response, providing more than $9.5 billion in humanitarian assistance for those affected by the conflict inside Syria and throughout the region since the start of the crisis.

    We remain committed to getting life-saving support to all Syrians affected by conflict.

    The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. […]

  • Collected Department Releases: U.S. and Mongolia Hold Bilateral Consular Engagement


    on April 25, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Media Note

    Office of the Spokesperson

    Washington, DC

    April 25, 2019

    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services Edward Ramotowski hosted a bilateral consular discussion with the Government of Mongolia, represented by State Secretary D. Davaasuren and Director General of the Department of Consular Affairs L. Munkhtushig. The engagement advanced issues of mutual interest and served to highlight the successes of the #TravelResponsibly consular outreach campaign, an ongoing collaboration between the Mongolian government and the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar. We look forward to continued cooperation and progress towards shared goals of facilitating responsible travel and protecting our citizens abroad.

    For press inquiries please contact CAPRESSREQUESTS@state.gov or (202) 485-6150.

    The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. […]

  • Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo Participates in The Hill’s Newsmaker Series


    on April 25, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Notice to the Press

    Office of the Spokesperson

    Washington, DC

    April 25, 2019

    Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will participate in a conversation on the Administration’s foreign policy priorities with The Hill’s Editor-in-Chief Bob Cusack as part of The Hill’s Newsmaker Series at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2019, at 1777 F Street, NW, in Washington, D.C.

    This event is open press coverage. Media who wish to cover this event in person must RSVP to thehillevents@zeltcommunications.com by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

    The event will be streamed live at: https://thehill.com/event/437827-the-hills-newsmaker-series-a-conversation-with-secretary-of-state-michael-r-pompeo.

    For more information, please contact Lauren Zelt at lauren@zeltcommunications.com or the Department of State’s Office of Press Relations via e-mail at PAPressDuty@state.gov.

    The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. […]

  • Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Ventura


    on April 25, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Readout

    Office of the Spokesperson

    Washington, DC

    April 25, 2019

    The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

    Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Ventura. Costa Rica is a strong partner, whose cooperation is increasingly vital to counternarcotics efforts and regional stability. The Secretary thanked Foreign Minister Ventura for Costa Rica’s leadership on Venezuela. The Secretary and Foreign Minister also discussed Costa Rica’s important role in support for democracy in Nicaragua, as well as the welcome Costa Rica is providing to those Nicaraguans who have fled the oppression of the Ortega regime and sought refuge within Costa Rica.

    The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. […]

  • Collected Department Releases: Hong Kong: 2014 Occupy Movement Cases and Fugitive Ordinance Law


    on April 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Press Statement

    Morgan Ortagus
    Department Spokesperson

    Washington, DC

    April 25, 2019

    The United States is disappointed by the decision of the Hong Kong Government to prosecute and convict several Hong Kong residents for organizing peaceful protests during the Occupy Central movement in 2014. We are concerned that this decision will limit or discourage the people of Hong Kong from exercising the basic freedoms guaranteed them under the Joint Declaration.

    It is important for Hong Kong to respect its residents’ rights of freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, as enshrined in the Basic Law. We expect courts and judges to exercise independence and fairness, in accordance with Hong Kong’s longstanding traditions.

    The United States and our partners are also closely monitoring proposed amendments to Hong Kong’s Fugitive Ordinance law, which would allow for individuals to be transferred to China at the request of Communist Party authorities.

    The State Department’s 2018 Human Rights Report on China documents reports of human rights violations and abuses carried out by China’s legal system, as well as general deterioration of respect for the rule of law.

    Hong Kong civil society organizations and private sector associations, including the Hong Kong Bar Association, American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and other business groups, have expressed opposition to the proposed changes.

    Societies are best served when diverse political views are respected and can be freely expressed. Continued erosion of the “One country, Two systems” framework puts at risk Hong Kong’s long-established special status in international affairs.

    The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. […]

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