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Press Releases: The Department of State Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Consulate General in Hermosillo, Mexico

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 13, 2019 In a display of enduring friendship and the important bilateral partnership, Consul General Elia E. Tello, Principal Deputy Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Henry V. Jardine, Minister Counselor for Management Affairs Thomas Favret, and Mexican and U.S. officials broke ground today on the new U.S. Consulate General in Hermosillo, Mexico. The new U.S. Consulate General will provide a secure, resilient, and sustainable platform for diplomacy. Richärd+Bauer…

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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Panamanian President-Elect Laurentino Cortizo

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 11, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Panamanian President-Elect Laurentino Cortizo to congratulate him on his electoral victory May 5.  The Secretary expressed his appreciation of the U.S.-Panama relationship and his desire to see it grow stronger.  The United States enjoys excellent cooperation with Panama on counternarcotics, illegal immigration, and counterterrorism.  The Secretary recognized Panama’s partnership in promoting stability in…

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Press Releases: Remarks at the Claremont Institute 40th Anniversary Gala: “A Foreign Policy From the Founding”

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Beverly Wilshire Hotel Beverly Hills, CA May 11, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you all. People talk about my job being nerve-wracking. There is nothing as nerve-wracking as that much applause before you speak. (Laughter.) And you should know – Ryan, thank you for the kind introduction too – I was on this trip when I heard about this little dustup about the advertisement for this dinner, and it said they wouldn’t…

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Press Releases: The United States Sanctions Venezuela’s Defense and Security Sector

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 10, 2019 Today, the United States took action against the former Maduro regime for increasing its intimidation of those supporting democracy in Venezuela, including members of the democratically elected National Assembly. Pursuant to E.O. 13850, the United States determined persons operating in the defense and security sector of the Venezuelan economy may be subject to sanctions. In addition, we have designated two companies, Monsoon Navigation Corporation and Serenity Maritime Limited, that operate…

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Press Releases: Detainment of Edgar Zambrano

      Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 9, 2019 The arbitrary arrest yesterday evening of Edgar Zambrano, First Vice President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, is an unacceptable and illegal act that is yet another reflection of the repression of the former Maduro regime. This is an attack on the independence of the nation’s democratically elected legislative branch and is part of the Maduro regime’s continued attempts to crush dissent and free debate in…

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