United States Provides Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE June 24, 2020 Recently, I informed Congress of the Administration’s intent to provide $252 million in additional U.S. foreign assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  This assistance will promote U.S. national security and further the President’s goal of decreasing illegal immigration to the United States. These additional funds will assist in making these …

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Public Designation of Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara of Guatemala Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 8, 2020 Today, I am announcing the public designation of former Guatemalan Presidential Chief of Staff Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara of Guatemala due to his involvement in significant corruption.  In his official capacity as the Chief of Staff to former President of the Republic of Guatemala Álvaro Colom, Alejos was involved in corrupt acts that undermined rule of …

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United States Continues U.S. Foreign Assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE April 13, 2020   Today I informed Congress of the Administration’s intent to continue additional targeted U.S. foreign assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  This important step will continue to implement the President’s policy goals of decreasing illegal immigration to the United States; implementing the Asylum Cooperative …

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Sanctions Against Guatemalan Mayor and his Drug Trafficking Organization 

 STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON December 19, 2019  Sanctions Against Guatemalan Mayor and his Drug Trafficking Organization  The United States is committed to preventing and combating narcotics trafficking globally.  Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Guatemalan mayor Erik Salvador Suñiga Rodriguez, known as “El Pocho,” and the Suñiga …

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On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo November 25, 2019 In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States is proud to reaffirm its commitment to defending the …

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The China Challenge

MICHAEL R. POMPEO Secretary of State NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK OCTOBER 30, 2019 MR MURDOCH: Ladies and gentlemen, I’m delighted to be here with you tonight to honor a man of many, many achievements and titles: Captain Pompeo, Editor Pompeo, Chief Executive Pompeo, Representative Pompeo, Director Pompeo, Secretary Pompeo, Senator Pompeo. (Laughter and applause.) President …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hill

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Salvadoran Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill in Washington, D.C. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Hill discussed the strong partnership between the United States and El Salvador, including supporting democracy in the Western Hemisphere. The Secretary underscored the importance of …

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Guatemala’s Independence Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO Guatemala’s Independence Day September 14, 2019 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer my congratulations to the Guatemalan people as you celebrate your nation’s 198th anniversary of independence. The enduring friendship between the United States and Guatemala …

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Creation of the Venezuela Affairs Unit

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE   August 28, 2019 Creation of the Venezuela Affairs Unit The Department of State announces the opening of the Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU), under the leadership of Charge d’Affaires James Story. The VAU is the interim diplomatic office of …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT August 15, 2019 Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei to congratulate him on his victory in the August 11 election. The …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  READOUT July 2, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Today Secretary Michael R. Pompeo called Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaido to commemorate the anniversary of Venezuela’s independence on July 5th and express the United States’ unwavering support for Guaido, the National Assembly, and the …

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On the 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Pompeo On June 4, we honor the heroic protest movement of the Chinese people that ended on June 4, 1989, when the Chinese Communist Party leadership sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to violently repress peaceful demonstrations calling for democracy, human rights, and an end …

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World Press Freedom Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO May 3, 21019 On World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting safety and freedom for members of the press.  A free and independent media is indispensable to a vibrant, functioning democracy.  Despite some progress, journalists around the world continue to be …

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Let Humanitarian Aid Into Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release February 23, 2019 Statement by Secretary Pompeo Let Humanitarian Aid Into Venezuela Today has been a historic day.  Interim President Juan Guaido, the National Assembly and the people of Venezuela have been an inspiration to the world.  Hundreds of thousands of volunteers turned out …

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Remarks Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At the Organization of American States

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson   For Immediate Release                                                                                       January 24, 2019 Remarks   Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At the Organization of American States Washington, D.C.   SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you very much.  The United States is a friend of Venezuela and of the Venezuelan people.  We have watched …

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United States Action to Confront Illegal Immigration

Statement by Secretary Pompeo U.S. Department of State Today the United States Government announced historic action to confront the illegal immigration crisis facing the United States. We notified the Government of Mexico that the United States is invoking Section 235(b)(2)(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  We will begin implementation immediately. Individuals arriving in the United …

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Human Rights Day

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson  Statement by Secretary Pompeo December 10, 2018 Seventy years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Emerging from a world war that shocked humanity with its cruelty, the sovereign nations of the world united to specify those rights that are inherent to all …

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International Anticorruption Day

Statement by Secretary Pompeo December 7, 2018 Corruption facilitates transnational crime, fuels terrorism, obstructs economic growth and development, weakens the rule of law, and undermines democracy. Ultimately, it endangers our national security. That is why, as we look ahead to International Anticorruption Day on December 9, we pledge to continue working with our partners to …

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The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Statement by Secretary Pompeo November 23, 2018 Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually. Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence. The Unites States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, from domestic and …

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Guatemala’s Independence Day

Statement by Secretary Pompeo September 14, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States, I congratulate the people of Guatemala on your celebration of 197 years of independence on September 15. The United States remains committed to working together with the Guatemalan people to increase prosperity and improve security and governance in Guatemala.  …

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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokerson Statement by Secretary Pompeo September 10, 2018 Tomorrow we honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks 17 years ago on September 11. Tomorrow also marks six years since the tragic loss in Libya of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, …

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Western Hemisphere: Remarks at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS)

Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State OAS Headquarters Washington, DC June 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you, Secretary General Almagro and your team, for organizing this 48th General Assembly of the OAS. We are incredibly grateful for your leadership. It is a pleasure to be here at the OAS for the first time …

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Statement By Secretary Pompeo: LGBTI Pride Month

Statement By Secretary Pompeo Office of the Spokesperson The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals and their supporters continue …

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Long Overdue Freedom for Joshua Holt in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Pompeo May 26, 2018 The United States welcomes the release of Joshua Holt and his wife Thamara, who were unjustly imprisoned in Venezuela. We extend our special thanks to Senator Bob Corker, Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Mike Lee, Representative Mia Love, and all the …

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An Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson May 21, 2018 Statement by Secretary Pompeo The United States condemns the fraudulent election that took place in Venezuela on May 20.  This so-called “election” is an attack on constitutional order and an affront to Venezuela’s tradition of democracy.  Until the Maduro regime restores a democratic path …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in a Meeting of the Lima Group

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson READOUT May 14, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Pompeo participated via videoconference today in the Lima Group foreign and finance ministers meeting, which was hosted by Mexico and included representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, …

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On the Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Pompeo May 14, 2018 Today I am proud to celebrate the opening of the United States Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. This significant event fulfills a promise made by President Trump. As he proclaimed on December 6, 2017, “Seventy years ago, the United States, under …

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