STATEMENT BY USAID ADMINISTRATOR MARK GREEN ON THE U.S. STRATEGY ON WOMEN, PEACE, AND SECURITY

Statement For Immediate Release Office of Press Relations Tuesday, June 11, 2019 The Women, Peace, and Security Act, signed into law by President Trump in 2017, demonstrates the United States’ commitment to addressing the challenges faced by women and girls in conflict- and disaster-affected areas around the world. Consistent with the  President’s National Security Strategy , which recognizes the ...
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USAID Administrator Mark Green Travels To Africa

USAID Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release Media Advisory June 11, 2019 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and the Republics of Rwanda, Kenya, and Mozambique from June 14 to June 22, 2019. Administrator Green will visit USAID-funded programs related to economic ...
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Assistant Secretary Nagy Travels to Eastern and Southern Africa

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Media Note June 10, 2019 Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy will travel to Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and South Africa from June 12-23, 2019.  In Sudan, he will meet with members of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) and the Transitional Military Council. ...
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Energy Resource Governance Initiative

Fact Sheet  Office Of The Spokesperson  June 11, 2019 Increasing demand for renewable energy, electric vehicles, and battery storage technologies will create unprecedented demand for energy resource minerals. Energy Resource Governance Initiative (ERGI) is a U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR)-led effort designed to promote sound mining sector governance and resilient energy ...
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Release of the United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Pompeo June 11, 2019 Women around the world have an essential role in conflict prevention and resolution, security provision, peace processes, and countering terrorism.  For over a decade, the United States has been a leader in promoting global peace and stability ...
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On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

U.S. Department of State  Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Pompeo June 3, 2019 On behalf of the United States Department of State, I would like to wish all Muslims a blessed Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the end of Ramadan and is a time for celebration across Muslim communities worldwide.  ...
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Terrorist Attacks in Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson May 20, 2019 The United States condemns in the strongest terms last week’s terror attacks in Niger, as well as recent attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso, which have taken the lives of security forces defending their nations. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on G5 Sahel

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City May 16, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President.  And thanks to today’s briefers.  A warm welcome to Foreign Minister Barry. Mr. President, the last six months in the Sahel have been concerning.  The security ...
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Press Release

As friends of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and its people, the United States will follow the 2019 presidential election closely. This election is a milestone in Mauritania’s democratic development.  The United States government is committed to work closely with the country’s next president and government, to continue building and strengthening the strong bilateral partnership ...
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USAID Administrator Mark Green on the Launch of the U.S. Global Health Security Strategy

USAID Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release Thursday, May 9, 2019 The increase in the number of infectious-diseases outbreaks (e.g., Ebola, Zika, and yellow fever) around the world and the risk posed by an accidental or deliberate release of dangerous pathogens highlight the need for a sustained, multi-sectoral, and coordinated United States response. U.S. ...
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Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Central African Republic

The White House May 8, 2019 On May 12, 2014, by Executive Order 13667, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in ...
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Presidential Message on Ramadan, 2019

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 5, 2019 I send my warmest greetings to all Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan commemorates when the sacred Quran was revealed to Muhammad.  At the spotting of the crescent moon, Muslim families and communities will honor this revelation by beginning ...
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World Press Freedom Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2019 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 persecuted, ...
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On the Occasion of Ramadan

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 5, 2019 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend best wishes to Muslim communities at home and abroad for a blessed Ramadan. For many Muslims, this month is an occasion to focus on spiritual rejuvenation, kindness and resilience, compassion for those ...
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Reception in Honor of 2019 Grantees in our Academic Exchange Programs

The U.S. Embassy in Mauritania has organized this morning, April 30, 2019, a reception presided by His Excellency Mr. Ambassador Michael Dodman, to honor the Mauritanian students who have been selected this year to participate in further studies in the United States. 21 young Mauritanians have been selected this year to participate in some of ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 24, 2019 As Delivered Thank you, Mr. President. During a December 2018 Arria-formula meeting on the situation of persons with disabilities in conflict, the United States made a commitment to raise the situation of persons with disabilities more systemically ...
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Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2019

The White House April 25, 2019 On World Intellectual Property Day, we celebrate the essential role of innovation in the strength and expansion of our economy. Our free market continues to unleash the imagination of our Nation’s talented creators, inventors, and entrepreneurs, enabling them to develop products that improve and elevate lives across our country ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Sudan

United State Mission to the United Nations Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 17, 2019 As Delivered Thank you, Mr. President. And welcome, it’s great to have you join us in the Council today. Mr. President, over the past days, we have seen a dramatic ...
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Intent To Designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson  Washington, DC  April 8, 2019  Today, the Secretary of State announced his intent to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including its Qods Force, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This designation is a historic step to counter Iran-backed ...
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Situation in Libya

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC April 7, 2019 The United States is deeply concerned about fighting near Tripoli. We have made clear that we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital. Forces should return to status ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout March 26, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met today with Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga. Deputy Secretary Sullivan offered his deepest condolences to those affected by the violence in the Mopti ...
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Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Department of state Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC March 13, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Since America’s founding, the concept of individual rights has been woven into the national fabric. As my friend and scholar Mary Ann Glendon has written, it has given weak members of our ...
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Department of State and USAID FY 2020 Budget Request

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Pompeo March 11, 2019 Today, President Trump requested $40 billion for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) budget.  This request upholds the President’s commitment to protect our country and put American interests ...
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State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development FY 2020 Budget Request

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Fact Sheet March 11, 2019 The President’s FY 2020 budget request proposes $40 billion for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The FY 2020 budget request provides the necessary resources to protect United States citizens, increase American prosperity by utilizing foreign ...
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On the Withdrawal of U.S. Diplomatic Personnel From Venezuela

The United States will withdraw all remaining U.S. personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela this week. Like the January 24 decision to withdraw all dependents and reduce embassy staff to a minimum, this decision reflects the deteriorating situation in Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at ...
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The United States Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela by Targeting Russia-Based Bank

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 11, 2019 Today, the United States sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russia and Venezuela.  With this action, we are targeting a financial institution involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that prolong Maduro’s usurpation of democracy. As Maduro’s isolation grows, so do his desperate ...
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Presidential Message on International Women’s Day, 2019

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 8, 2019 On International Women’s Day, we honor women worldwide for their vital role in shaping and strengthening our communities, families, governments, and businesses. We celebrate their vision, leadership, and courage, and we reaffirm our commitment to promoting equal opportunity for women everywhere. ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At the International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards Ceremony

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State March 7, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you.  Thank you, Pam.  And good morning, everyone.  It’s truly my honor to host this International Women of Courage Awards for the first time, and I’m glad you’re all here to ...
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Morocco’s Repatriation of Foreign Terrorist Fighters From Syria

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson March 10, 2019 The United States commends the Kingdom of Morocco for repatriating eight Moroccan foreign terrorist fighters from Syria. Morocco is a highly capable partner in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and we appreciate its commitment ...
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Remarks for Ambassador’s Participation in the Opening Remarks of The Good Governance of the Private…

Remarks for Ambassador’s Participation in the Opening Remarks of The Good Governance of the Private Sector Conference Co-hosted by the U.S. Embassy and CIPE March 6, 2019, at 3:00pm Delivered in French   Thank you all for coming. When we built this embassy, we designed this room to be used for events exactly like this, ...
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US Ambassador Inaugurates a Health Clinic in Bouhajra

The Ambassador of the United States to Mauritania participated in an inauguration ceremony for the Bouhadjra Health Clinic in Diawling Park on 20 February. This project was identified and prioritized in conjunction with Exercise FLINTLOCK 2013 activities and undertaken jointly between the Mauritanian and U.S. governments. The U.S. government funded the clinic’s infrastructure up to ...
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State Department Announces Fulbright Top Producing Institutions

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 11, 2019 The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that the lists of more than 150 U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most Fulbright U.S. Students and Scholars abroad in academic year 2018-2019 are now available. The lists highlight the Fulbright Program’s strong ...
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Flintlock 2019 Announced – U.S. Africa Command Public Affairs – Germany January 28, 2019

Flintlock 2019 Announced By U.S. Africa Command Public Affairs, United States Africa CommandStuttgart, GermanyJan 28, 2019 More than 2,000 service members from more than 30 African and western partner nations will participate in Flintlock 2019 at multiple locations in Burkina Faso and Mauritania from February 18 – March 1, 2019. Flintlock is an annual, African-led, ...
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Flintlock 2019 Announced

United States Africa Command January 28, 2019 More than 2,000 service members from more than 30 African and western partner nations will participate in Flintlock 2019 at multiple locations in Burkina Faso and Mauritania from February 18 – March 1, 2019. Flintlock is an annual, African-led, integrated military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened ...
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President Donald J. Trump to Withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

The White House “Russia has not, unfortunately, honored the agreement, so we’re going to terminate the agreement.  We’re going to pull out.” – President Donald J. Trump RESTORING ACCOUNTABILITY TO ARMS CONTROL: President Donald J. Trump is taking decisive action to hold Russia to account for its violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. ...
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Joint Communique on the U.S.-Algeria Strategic Dialogue

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Media Note January 29, 2019 The United States and Algeria convened the fourth session of the Strategic Dialogue on January 29, 2019, with Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel chairing their respective delegations. Secretary Pompeo and Minister Messahel reviewed the close and ...
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President Donald J. Trump Supports the Venezuelan People’s Efforts to Restore Democracy in Their Country

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 29, 2019   “The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law.” – President Donald J. Trump RECOGNIZING THE LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA: The United States has officially recognized Juan Guaido as ...
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The U.S. Embassy supports the Education Sector in Mauritania through English Language Learning

His Excellency Mr. Michael Dodman, Ambassador of The United States of America to Mauritania presided over this morning at the Nouakchott English Center (NEC), the launching ceremony of the eleventh English Access Micro scholarship Program. This major program initiated by our embassy will enable this year 90 students, 13 to 18 years old, from different ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Central African Region

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 13, 2018 Merci, Monsieur Le Président. Special Representative Fall and Director Ghelani, thank you for your briefings today. Your work is vital to a region facing a wide range of political, economic, and social ...
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“Development, Diplomacy, and Defense: Promoting U.S. Interests in Africa”

Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs House Foreign Affairs Committee Washington, DC December 12, 2018 Thank you Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, and Members of the Committee for the opportunity to testify today on U.S. policy toward Africa, and to my colleague and friend Ramsey Day of USAID here with me today. ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s Africa Strategy Advances Prosperity, Security, and Stability

We hope to extend our economic partnerships with countries who are committed to self-reliance and to fostering opportunities for job creation in both Africa and the United States. President Donald J. Trump PROMOTING PROSPERITY IN AFRICA AND AMERICA: President Donald J. Trump is releasing a Strategy toward Africa that will advance American and African prosperity. ...
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Remarks by National Security Advisor Ambassador John R. Bolton on the The Trump Administration’s New Africa Strategy

As delivered on December 13, 2018. Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C. Well, Kim, thanks very much, and thanks to you and Kay for inviting me here. I’m delighted again to be here at the Heritage, an institution that really has contributed so much to the public policy debate for many decades now in the United States. ...
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Human Rights Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC 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 persons, ...
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International Anticorruption Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC 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 ...
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On the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2018 Devoted husband, loving father, steadfast friend, exemplary patriot: this is how I will always remember President George H. W. Bush. Whether he was serving in the skies over the Pacific during World War II, protecting America at CIA headquarters, or leading our ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018 Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, ...
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Mauritania National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 28, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I wish the government and people of Mauritania prosperity, peace, and happiness as you celebrate your Independence Day. The United States enjoys a broad bilateral relationship with Mauritania. In the coming ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo – Launch of the Humanitarian Assistance Steering Council

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Pompeo November 13, 2018 In order to further optimize the State Department and USAID’s humanitarian assistance, I have established a new senior-level mechanism for coordinating and overseeing U.S. humanitarian assistance – the Humanitarian Assistance Steering Council.  The purpose of the Council ...
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USAID Releases New Education Policy

United States Agency for International Development Office of Press Relations November 15, 2018 Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new education policy to guide the Agency’s investments in international education. This new policy will focus resources on programs that produce measurable learning outcomes for students. The new education policy highlights ...
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DAS Baird Visits the United States Mauritania Business Forum

On Friday, November 9th Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for West Africa and Security Affairs (DAS) Whitney Baird visited the headquarters of the United States Mauritania Business Forum in Nouakchott where she spoke to journalists from local press about the importance of the Forum in boosting trade ties between the United States and Mauritania, and ...
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Presidential Proclamation on National Entrepreneurship Month, 2018

Since the founding of our Nation, generations of Americans have drawn upon every last measure of grit and determination to push the limits of human knowledge, invention, and capability. Our Nation thrives today because bold entrepreneurs and innovators had vision and drive, stopping at nothing to realize their dreams. This intrepid spirit, which burns in ...
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Statement from U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania Michael Dodman on the U.S.-Mauritanian Economic Partnership

The Government of the United States has notified the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania of the termination of Mauritania’s eligibility for trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as of January 1, 2019. Under U.S. law, countries receiving AGOA benefits are subject to regular reviews to assess the level of ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert – International Day To End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Heather Nauert, spokesperson November 2, 2018 Today, we commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. We renew our steadfast commitment to promoting a free and independent press and advocating for accountability against those who commit violence or other crimes ...
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The Future Belongs to Africa

U.S. Department of State DipNote – Official Blog By  Tibor P. Nagy Jr.  on October 31, 2018 As you read this, I am on my first trip to the continent of Africa as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs. I am delighted to return to the continent where I served for decades in a variety ...
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Launch of the United States-Mauritania Business Forum

Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Honorable Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Mines, Colleagues from the diplomatic community, Representatives of the chambers of commerce and the Mauritanian business community, Members of the United States-Mauritania Business Forum, Dear guests, Welcome, good evening, Thanks to all of you for joining me for this important event. Today ...
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Assistant Secretary Nagy Travels to the United Kingdom, France, Togo, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria

U.S. Department of StateOffice of the SpokespersonMedia NoteOctober 22, 2018 Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs Tibor P. Nagy will travel to the United Kingdom, France, Togo, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria October 29 – November 10. During his trip, Assistant Secretary Nagy will focus on promoting stronger trade and commercial ties between the ...
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Integrated Country Strategy

As a third step of the strategic planning process, the four-year strategy that articulates the U.S. priorities in a given country is developed that is referred to as the Integrated Country Strategy (ICS). This ICS is led by the Chief of Mission to develop a common set of Mission Goals and Objectives through a coordinated ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Saudi Foreign Minister al-Jubeir

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 16, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Saudi Foreign Minister al-Jubeir in Riyadh.  The Secretary thanked the foreign minister for his continued partnership and he and the foreign minister followed up on a range or ...
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Statement from the President (on the National Strategy for Counterterrorism)

NATIONAL SECURITY & DEFENSE Issued on: October 4, 2018 As your President, I am committed to protecting the United States and its interests abroad from the threat of terrorism.  The National Strategy for Counterterrorism that I approved today will help protect our great Nation, enhance our national security, and guide our continued effort to defeat ...
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President Trump’s National Strategy for Counterterrorism

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC October 4, 2018 Today’s terrorist threats are more complex, fluid, and fast-moving than ever. Terrorist groups and networks such as al-Qa`ida, ISIS, and Iranian-supported terrorists continue to target us, our allies, and partners. We must combat these threats through a comprehensive and coordinated approach. Earlier ...
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Press Release

The United States Embassy in Mauritania is pleased to announce that we have resumed non-immigrant visa services.  To schedule an appointment or learn more about the process please visit the Embassy’s website at https://mr.usembassy.gov/ Visa operations for non-immigrants were significantly reduced in recent months due to lack of staff.  Immigrant visas are still the responsibility of ...
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Press Release

The United States congratulates the Mauritanian people for their peaceful participation in the legislative, regional, and municipal elections that were held on September 1 and 15.  We congratulate those chosen by their fellow citizens to fill these critical positions, and we wish them success as they take up their new responsibilities. We also commend the CENI, ...
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Remarks By Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs – Nagy Swearing-in Ceremony

Washington, DC September 17, 2018 Good afternoon distinguished ladies and gentlemen and thank you Mr. Secretary. I am grateful for the many friends, family, and colleagues who are here today – literally from around the nation and the world. And I greatly appreciate the Secretary highlighting the role played by Jane – my wife, partner ...
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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC 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, and Tyrone ...
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Department of State Inaugurates New Regional Antiterrorism Training Facility in Senegal

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 6, 2018 The Department of State and the Government of Senegal today inaugurated a new regional counterterrorism training facility in Thiès, Senegal. U.S. and Senegalese officials formally dedicated the new Regional Tactical Training Center, which was funded, constructed, and equipped through the Department of State’s Antiterrorism ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania

Location: Mauritania, countrywide Event: Mauritanian parliamentary, regional, and local elections are set for September 1, 2018, and polls are scheduled to be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Election day is an exciting day and we encourage U.S. citizens to be mindful of their surroundings and avoid demonstrations as Mauritanian citizens and residents exercise ...
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Remarks at the AGOA Forum

Remarks John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State Washington, DC July 11, 2018 DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Robert, for that kind introduction, and good morning, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be with you this morning. On behalf of Secretary Pompeo, I’m honored to welcome you to the State Department. And on behalf of the ...
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Secretary Pompeo To Host First-Ever Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Media Note July 11, 2018 From July 24-26, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. The Ministerial will convene government officials, representatives of international organizations, religious leaders, ...
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Forging New Strategies for U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment

This year, the U.S. Department of State is proud to host the 17th annual  African Growth and Opportunities Act Forum , commonly known as AGOA, from July 11-12 in Washington, DC. This year’s theme “Forging New Strategies for U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment,” reflects the U.S. commitment to boosting economic growth, spurring development, and reducing poverty in Africa through sustainable business practices and mutually beneficial ...
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Statement of USTR Robert Lighthizer at the Opening Plenary of the 2018 U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum)

Ambassador Lighthizer: Welcome to this year’s AGOA Forum. I am pleased to be with you all this morning. The theme for this AGOA Forum is “Forging New Strategies for U.S. – Africa Trade and Investment.” I’d like to spend my time with you addressing one very specific new strategy—the Trump Administration’s desire to negotiate a ...
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Statement of USTR Robert Lighthizer at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum)

Ambassador Lighthizer: Good morning, ministers and distinguished guests. I join Deputy Secretary Sullivan in welcoming you all to the 17th AGOA Ministerial and to Washington, DC. As has been said, this is my second Forum. Last year, I had the privilege of leading the U.S. delegation to the AGOA Forum in Lome, Togo. Bernadette [Legzim-Balouki, ...
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Embassy Nouakchott Celebrates Independence

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Secretary General Madam Director Dear colleagues Ambassadors and Heads of Diplomatic Missions Ladies and gentlemen Dear guests It is an honor to welcome you, on behalf of the United States government and its people, to the commemoration of the 242nd anniversary of the United States’ independence. Thank you for being ...
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African Union Summit in Mauritania

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 2, 2018 The United States commends the African Union (AU) on the 31st AU Summit, held in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The Summit reinforced important efforts to reform the AU, a process the United States supports and believes will ensure the AU is better positioned to solve regional ...
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Terrorist Attacks in Mali and Niger

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 3, 2018 The United States condemns the recent terrorist attacks in the Sahel. These include attacks against security forces of the G-5 Sahel Joint Force in Sévaré, Mali on June 29, the landmine attack that killed four Malian troops in Koro county on June 30, the ...
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Remarks at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center Oxon Hill, Maryland June 22, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning, everyone. I’m not going to do all 31 flavors for you as they’re not in my prepared remarks. Frankly, I learned a lot actually from that job working scooping ice cream, ...
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Remarks on the UN Human Rights Council

Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Treaty Room Washington, DC June 19, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon. The Trump administration is committed to protecting and promoting the God-given dignity and freedom of every human being. Every individual has rights that are inherent and inviolable. They are given ...
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On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 14, 2018 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend my best wishes to our Muslim friends and partners celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, charity, compassion, and reflection. Eid al-Fitr reminds all of us ...
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Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions ...
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Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Before Expanded Bilat

Capella Hotel Singapore 9:54 A.M. SGT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Chairman, it’s a great honor to be with you.  And I know that we will have tremendous success together, and we will solve a big problem, a big dilemma that, until this point, has been unable to be solved.  I know that, working together, we will ...
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Embassy Nouakchott Organizes an Iftar

Minister of Islamic Affairs and other members of the Mauritanian government delegation, Ambassadors and other friends and colleagues Good evening, It is a great honor for me to welcome you to my home this evening. It is an especially happy occasion for me since this is the first formal event I am hosting in my ...
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USAID Administrator Mark Green Signs Power Africa Memorandum of Understanding With the Government of the Republic of Korea

For Immediate Release Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Office of Press Relations Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green and Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Strategy and Finance for the Republic of Korea (ROK) Kim Dong Yeon signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) toward pursuing our ...
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Briefing on the Release of New HIV Treatment Results From the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief on its 15th Anniversary

Special Briefing Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Via Teleconference May 16, 2018 MR GREENAN: Good morning, everybody, and thank you for joining us for this on-the-record conference call on PEPFAR and the 15th anniversary. We have with us this morning Ambassador-at-Large Deborah L. Birx. She ...
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After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Remarks May 21, 2018 The Heritage Foundation Washington, D.C. SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning, everyone. I first want to thank the Heritage Foundation and its president, Kay Coles James. Thank you for hosting me today. First as a private citizen and then as a ...
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On the Occasion of Ramadan

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 15, 2018   On behalf of the United States Department of State, I offer best wishes to Muslims around the world for a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. For those observing this month, it is a time of reverence, generosity, and spiritual introspection. Ramadan is also ...
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Presidential Message on Ramadan

Issued on: May 15, 2018 With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer. Many observe this holy ...
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Interview With Margaret Brennan of CBS Face the Nation

Interview Mike Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC May 13, 2018 QUESTION: We want to welcome Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, our first guest here in the new Face the Nation studio. Mr. Secretary, thank you for joining us. SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s great to be with you. Happy Mother’s Day. It’s a beautiful studio. QUESTION: Thank you. Thank ...
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Interview With Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday

Interview Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 13, 2018 QUESTION: And joining us now, the new and very busy Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Mr. Secretary, welcome back to Fox News Sunday. SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, Chris. It’s great to be with you. QUESTION: Let’s start with breaking news. First of all, that savage attack last ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Terrorist Attack in Paris

Issued on: May 13, 2018 The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack in Paris. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the French people and their government against this vicious act of terrorism, and pledge any assistance needed. Acts like this only strengthen the resolve of ...
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President Donald J. Trump is Ending United States Participation in an Unacceptable Iran Deal

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On President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From the JCPOA

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Washington, DC May 8, 2018 As we exit the Iran deal, we will be working with our allies to find a real, comprehensive, and lasting solution to the Iranian threat. We have a shared interest with our allies in Europe and around the world to prevent Iran from ever developing a ...
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Alert – U.S. Embassy, Nouakchott, Mauritania (May 9, 2018)

Event:  Extremists may use the upcoming relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to target U.S. citizens.  Terrorists may employ of variety of tactics.  They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs and other public venues. Actions to take: Keep a low profile Avoid crowds and demonstrations Be aware of your surroundings Review your personal ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Nouakchott, Mauritania

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Nouakchott, Mauritania (May 9, 2018)   Location:  Nouakchott, Mauritania   Event:  Dangerous late night/early morning high-speed vehicle racing has been reported between the Nouadhibou Road/Al Quods traffic circle, next to the U.S. Embassy, up Nouadhibou Road and to Nouakchott International Airport.  These races typically take place between 22:00 and 05:00 hours ...
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World Press Freedom Day

For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO May 3, 2018 On the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, we renew our commitment to promoting and protecting a free press, which is an essential pillar of democracy. The United States values freedom of the press as a key component of democratic governance.  By fostering a ...
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Remarks at Swearing-in Ceremony

Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC May 2, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: This is truly humbling. Thank you very much, Mr. President, for those kind words. Thank you, Mr. Vice President, for being here today to honor me by swearing me in. Thank you, Ambassador Lawler. Ambassador Glendon, thank you so ...
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Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In Ceremony of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

Issued on: May 2, 2018 State Department Washington, D.C. 11:17 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  I must say, that’s more spirit that I’ve heard from the State Department in a long time — many years.  (Laughter.)  We can say many years, and maybe many decades.  It’s going to be a fantastic start, a fantastic day.  ...
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Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time in history. He will always put the interests of America first. ...
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Grantees in our Academic Exchange Programs

The U.S. Embassy in Mauritania organized a reception on April 25, 2018 to honor the 21 Mauritanian students and young professionals selected this year to participate in further studies in the United States.  Chargé d’Affaires Irvin Hicks presided over the ceremony. These 21 young Mauritanians will participate in some of the most prestigious academic exchange ...
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Assistant Secretary Carl Risch Travels to Morocco, Nigeria, and Ethiopia

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 13, 2018 Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel to Morocco, Nigeria, and Ethiopia from April 15–21. While in Morocco and Ethiopia, Assistant Secretary Risch will meet with counterparts to discuss a range of consular issues including international legal obligations to accept ...
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United States Assessment of the Assad Regime’s Chemical Weapons Use

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 13, 2018   Key Takeaway The United States assesses with confidence that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in the eastern Damascus suburb of Duma on April 7, 2018, killing dozens of men, women, and children, and severely injuring hundreds more.  This conclusion ...
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Statement of Michael Dodman, Ambassador of the United States to Mauritania after presentation of his credentials

Nouakchott, March 13, 2018 Assalamalekum. I would like to begin my remarks by expressing my honor in being in your beautiful country in my capacity as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. It is my great pleasure to convey to the people of Mauritania the greetings and salutations ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert – On the Chemical Attack in Douma

U.S. Department of StateOffice of the SpokespersonFor Immediate ReleaseStatement By Heather Nauert, SpokespersonWashington, DCApril 7, 2018 We continue to closely follow disturbing reports on April 7 regarding another alleged chemical weapons attack, this time targeting a hospital in Douma, Syria. Reports from a number of contacts and medical personnel on the ground indicate a potentially ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott has moved

The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott has moved. The address of the new location is: Embassy of United State of America Nouadhibou Road, Avenue Al Quds, NOT PRTZ. Nouakchott, Mauritania The main telephone number will remain the same: (222) 4525-2660 or by e-mail at consularNKC@state.gov . The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott maintains helpful information on our website ...
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2018 International Women of Courage Awardee

Meet the 2018 International #WomenofCourage By  DipNote Bloggers  on March 21, 2018 The 2018 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award recipients have been announced. These 10 women will be honored during a ceremony at the U.S Department of State featuring remarks by First Lady Melania Trump and State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, on March 23, at 2:00 PM EDT. ...
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Passport Fee Increase

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35. The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. Customers applying with the DS-11 ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France

FOREIGN POLICY Issued on: March 10, 2018 President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with President Emmanuel Macron of France about the President’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. President Trump underscored that his decision is necessary and appropriate to protect national security. Both Presidents discussed alternative ways to address United States concerns. ...
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U.S.-Africa Relations: A New Framework

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia March 6, 2018 MR CABRERA: Good morning, everyone. Thank you so much for being with us today for a very, very special presentation. I’m honored to welcome our Secretary of State to George Mason, who, as you know, is on his way to a ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania March 6, 2018

Location: Nouakchott, Mauritania Event: The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott advises U.S. citizens of a new scam used by criminal gangs to lure and trap unsuspecting persons.  Gangs are now using small children to approach would-be victims pretending to be lost.  When the person stops to speak with the child, the child shows them a piece ...
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Zero Tolerance: Joint U.S.-UN Training Effort to Uphold Accountability for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peacekeeping Missions

By  Ginae Lee  on February 21, 2018 Around the world, the United Nations deploys nearly 100,000 uniformed peacekeepers to help stabilize conflict-affected countries, maintain peace and security, and protect civilians. UN policies require all personnel, including peacekeepers, to uphold the highest standards of conduct, professionalism, and accountability. While the vast majority of men and women serving as ...
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State Department Terrorist Designations of ISIS Affiliates and Senior Leaders

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 27, 2018 The Department of State has designated three ISIS-affiliated groups – ISIS-West Africa, ISIS-Philippines, and ISIS-Bangladesh – as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 and as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and ...
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Terrorism Designations FAQs

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 27, 2018 What are the different types of terrorism designations for groups and individuals? There are two main authorities for terrorism designations of groups and individuals. Groups can be designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, a wider range ...
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Observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 6, 2018 February 6 marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). The United States stands in solidarity with governments and communities around the world working to end this human rights abuse. According to UNICEF, at least 200 million girls and women ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania

Location: Nouakchott, Mauritania, Arafat Neighborhood Event: The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott advises U.S. citizens of a planned demonstration by the Mauritanian Opposition Party today, February 5, 2018, at 5:00pm in the Arafat neighborhood.  The group plans to protest the increase in food prices. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the Arafat neighborhood this afternoon ...
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United States and Mauritania Officially Launch Ambitious and Integrated Youth

(Nouakchott, Mauritania,  February 6th) – Today, the Mauritanian Minister of Employment, Vocational Training, Information and Communication Technologies Mr. Seyedna Ali Ould Mohamed Khouna and the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Mauritania, Mr. Irvin Hicks co-presided over the official launching ceremony of the “Empowering Mauritanian Youth through Education, Leadership and Self-Improvement” (EMELI) project. Ms. Lisa ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address

Issued on: January 30, 2018 TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania

Location: Nouakchott, Mauritania, Tevragh-Zeina Area Event: The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott advises U.S. citizens of an increase in crime in the Tevragh-Zeina area of Nouakchott.  Additionally, traffic accidents in Nouakchott rose over 200 percent last year, and driving conditions remain extremely dangerous in Nouakchott. Actions to Take: Use caution when walking or driving at night ...
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White House Framework on Immigration Reform & Border Security

BORDER SECURITY: Securing the Southern and Northern border of the United States takes a combination of physical infrastructure, technology, personnel, resources, authorities, and the ability to close legal loopholes that are exploited by smugglers, traffickers, cartels, criminals and terrorists. The Department of Homeland Security must have the tools to deter illegal immigration; the ability to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protests in Nouakchott: Friday, December 22

United States Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protests in Nouakchott: Friday, December 22 December 21, 2017 U.S. Embassy Nouakchott has learned that several groups are calling for protests in and around Nouakchott, including the U.S. Embassy locations, on Friday, December 22 between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. U.S. citizens should avoid Ibn Abbas ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protests in Nouakchott

U.S. Embassy Nouakchott has learned that several groups are calling for protests in and around Nouakchott, including the U.S. Embassy locations, on Friday and Saturday, December 15-16. U.S. citizens should avoid Ibn Abbas Square, the Saudi Mosque, and the U.S. Embassy locations. On Saturday, December 16, protests are scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. in ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the U.S. Decision to Move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 8, 2017 Thank you, Mr. President. The Jewish people are a patient people. Throughout three thousand years of civilization, foreign conquest, exile, and return, Jerusalem has remained their spiritual home. For nearly 70 years, the ...
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International Human Rights Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2017 Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are ...
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Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2391 on the G5 Sahel

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 8, 2017 Mr. President, I’d like to begin today by expressing our heartfelt condolences to the families of the 14 Tanzanian peacekeepers killed and the more than 40 who were wounded in last night’s attack ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protests at U.S. Embassy

U.S. Embassy Nouakchott is aware that several groups are calling for protests in and around Nouakchott, including those intending to end at the U.S. Embassy, starting today after prayer.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the Friday Mosque, the Ibn Abbas Square, and the U.S. Embassy today from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Even demonstrations ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder (December 7, 2017)

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy Nouakchott reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France

The White House Office of the Press Secretary President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France. The Presidents agreed on the need for the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to resolve their differences through dialogue. President Trump and President Macron also discussed the path to peace in the Middle ...
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World AIDS Day 2017

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2017 On World AIDS Day, we honor those who have lost their lives to AIDS, celebrate the progress we have made together in combatting this disease, and continue our commitment toward ending AIDS as a public health threat. The United States is proud ...
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Plenary Speakers and U.S. Government Principals at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 27, 2017 The Global Entrepreneurship Summit is being held for the first time in South Asia in Hyderabad, India, from November 28-30. Co-hosted by the Governments of the United States and India, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will inaugurate the summit and Advisor to the ...
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Let’s Recommit to Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

By Rahima Kandahari on November 25, 2017 Worldwide, one in three women will experience violence in her lifetime. Given the costs violence poses to individuals, families, communities, and economies, this is a statistic we cannot ignore. On November 25, the global community will mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and begin “16 Days ...
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Secretary Tillerson Meets With African Foreign Ministers

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 22, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with delegations from 37 countries and the African Union Commission, in addition to representatives from the U.S. and African private sectors and civil society on November 17 to address our cooperation in increasing trade and investment, promoting good ...
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 22, 2017 In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to ...
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Entrepreneurs and Investors Selected for the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 18, 2017 The United States and India are proud to announce the selection of the 1,500 individuals who will participate in the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be co-hosted by the United States and India in Hyderabad, India, November 28-30. Advisor to the President Ivanka ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Protests in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of possible protests that may take place in and around Nouakchott today.  Demonstrators may take to the streets to protest an unpopular November 9 Mauritanian court ruling to free a citizen accused of religious heresy. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid ...
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U.S. Participation in COP-23 in Bonn, Germany

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 The United States is participating in the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change taking place in Bonn, Germany from November 6-17. The Department of State is leading the U.S. delegation, with Under Secretary for Political Affairs, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstrations in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of the possibility of demonstrations and protests taking place throughout Nouakchott.  The embassy recommends avoiding the area around the Presidency and Gemal Abdel Nasser Avenue. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when ...
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Training seminars for Government of Mauritanian Spokespersons and Young Journalists

On Tuesday, October 31, Ambassador of the United States of America to Mauritania Larry Andre and Minister of Relations with Parliament and Civil Society Hawa Tandia, co-chaired the opening ceremony for a training seminar organized by the US Embassy in collaboration with the Ministry of Relations with Parliament and Civil Society, for the benefit of ...
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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 2, 2017 Around the world, journalists work often at great personal risk to report on issues that impact the lives of individuals in all societies. They shine a light on abuses and corruption, expose threats posed by transnational criminal organizations, and counter disinformation and propaganda that ...
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United States Pledging up to $60 Million in New Support for Security Assistance in the Sahel Region

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 30, 2017 Defeating terrorism depends on making sure terrorist organizations cannot have safe havens on any continent. To that end, pending consultation with Congress, the United States is today pledging up to $60 million to support the G5 Sahel Joint Force’s counterterrorism efforts. This ...
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Status of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 24, 2017   Based on Section 6(a) of Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” the U.S. government undertook a 120-day review of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) to identify and implement additional security screening processes in order ...
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Grant Signing Ceremony

On October 13, 2017, the Embassy of the United States in Mauritania signed grants to the following institutions: A $426,000 grant to UNICEF to promote essential newborn care, ensure clean health facility water supply and improve hygiene and sanitation practices. A $117,000 grant to the Mauritanian Women’s Parliamentarians Network/ “Réseau des Femmes Parlementaires” (REFPAM) to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Mauritania Travel Warning

October 12, 2017 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to far eastern Mauritania due to the activities of terrorist groups active in the neighboring regions of Mali, including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and those which pose a threat in the greater Sub-Saharan region, such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State ...
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Speech by Ambassador André on October 11, 2017 New Embassy Compound

Ministers, Ambassadors, Honored guests, dear friends, family, and colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome, Bienvenue, Marhaba. Thank you for joining us on this very special evening–the inauguration of the American people’s new embassy to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. From this site, my colleagues and I will continue to promote close relations, based on shared interests ...
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United States Dedicates the New U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania

In an important symbol of our enduring friendship with the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, U.S. Ambassador Larry Andre dedicated the new U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott today. The new Embassy is situated on a 10.5-acre site in the Tevragh Zeina district and includes a chancery, Marine Security Guard residence, support buildings, and facilities for the embassy ...
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President’s New Immigration Priorities

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 8, 2017 The President’s new immigration priorities are focused on keeping Americans safe, ensuring our sovereignty through strong borders, and preserving our country as a nation of laws. The first duty of the federal government is to provide for the national security of the ...
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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation is heartbroken.  We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night’s horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada.  As we grieve, we pray that God may provide comfort and relief to all those suffering. As a mark of ...
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USAID West Africa Supports local NGOs, STOP SIDA and EL HANANE

USAID West Africa Supports local NGOs, STOP SIDA and EL HANANE, through the West African Ambassadors Fund (WAAF) and EngenderHealth grants Nouakchott, MAURITANIA – United States Agency for International Development (USAID) /West Africa through the West African Ambassador’s Fund (WAAF) and EngenderHealth’s “Agir PF” program awarded two grants of $25,000/each local NGOs :  STOP-SIDA and EL ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces Enhanced National Security Measures

The White House Office of the Press Secretary New security measures establish minimum requirements for international cooperation to support U.S. visa and immigration vetting Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the establishment of enhanced national security measures, aimed at creating—for the first time in history—minimum requirements for international cooperation to support visa and immigration vetting ...
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President Donald J. Trump Strengthens Security Standards For Traveling to America

The White House Office of the Press Secretary “Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” – President Donald J. Trump NEW PROTECTIONS: President Donald J. Trump is taking key steps to protect the ...
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USAID ADMINISTRATOR GREEN ANNOUNCES PMI LAUNCH AND EXPANSION IN WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA

Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced that the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by USAID and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expand its existing program in Burkina ...
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Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Increases Pressure to Cut off Funding for North Korea

STRONG FINANCIAL SANCTIONS: President Trump today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) imposing additional sanctions with respect to North Korea. The provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies of the Government of North Korea constitute a continuing threat to the national security, foreign policy, and, economy of the United States and a disturbance of the ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France

President Donald J. Trump met last night in New York with President Emmanuel Macron of France. They exchanged views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran and how to curtail Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.  They also discussed how to accelerate the destruction of ISIS and help resolve the Syrian civil war ...
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NEW RESEARCH AND APP TO COMBAT CHILD LABOR AND MODERN SLAVERY

Child Labor Report Calls for Accelerated Action, and Comply Chain App Helps Businesses Rid Labor Abuses in Global Supply Chains WASHINGTON, DC – ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ The U.S. Department of Labor today released an update of its annual child labor report – representing the most comprehensive research product to date on the state of child labor in over ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world. As millions of our ...
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U.S. Awards $25 Million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 14, 2017 The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a groundbreaking $25 million award to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery for transformational programs around the world to reduce the prevalence of modern slavery – also known as human trafficking. We ...
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Neighborhood Community Watch Meeting

On August 31st, the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott hosted its first Neighborhood Community Watch meeting at the New Embassy Compound. The attendees included Mauritanian police and security forces, as well as local residents and local business representatives. The embassy’s security team proposed to engage members of the neighborhood as part of its plan to reduce ...
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U.S.-African Partnerships: Advancing Common Interests

Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. Under Secretary for Political Affairs U.S. Institute of Peace Washington, DC September 13, 2017 Introduction Good morning. Thank you President Lindborg for your very kind and generous introduction. To you and to Ambassador Carson I am grateful for the invitation to participate in this important and timely symposium. It is always ...
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FACT SHEET: Resolution 2375 (2017) Strengthening Sanctions on North Korea

Resolution 2375 (2017), adopted unanimously by the United Nations Security Council on September 11, 2017, strengthens UN sanctions on North Korea in response to the North Korea nuclear test conducted on September 2, 2017. As such, this resolution sends a very clear message to North Korea that the Security Council is united in condemning North ...
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Press Release

The United States Embassy to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania is concerned that on September 8, 12 American civil rights leaders were denied entry into Mauritania. The private delegation of civil rights leaders, organized by the Chicago-based Abolition Institute and the civil rights Rainbow PUSH, were scheduled to visit Mauritania from September 8 – 15 ...
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Press Notice: Consular Related Information

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania remains open for business. However, due to staffing shortages (personnel transitions), nonimmigrant visa operations will be significantly reduced for the foreseeable future. During that period, the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal will accept appointments for any nonimmigrant visa applicant from Mauritania. Those interested in this ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Alcohol is Illegal in Mauritania

The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott would like to remind all U.S. citizens in Mauritania that alcohol is illegal in Mauritania and there are no restaurants in the city of Nouakchott that serve alcoholic beverages legally. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens do not go to restaurants in Mauritania that serve alcohol or allow other criminal ...
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Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC August 15, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Morning, all. We are releasing today the  2016 International Religious Freedom Report.  This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as well as ...
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Brady & Reichert Express Strong Support for AGOA as U.S. Co-Hosts Forum in Togo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) issued the following statements as the United States and Togo co-host the 2017 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum this week to further strengthen important economic ties between the United States and Africa. Reinforcing ...
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Senate Confirmation of Mark Andrew Green as Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 3, 2017 We welcome today’s Senate confirmation of Mark Andrew Green as the new Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). As a Member of Congress, a U.S. Ambassador, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and as President ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests Planned in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that political opposition parties are planning several protests throughout Nouakchott, and possibly other areas, leading up to and during the August 5 constitutional referendum. The government of Mauritania has denied authorization for some of these planned protests, but demonstrations may still occur. On July 26, violent confrontations occurred between ...
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Statement on the Situation in Mali

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 31, 2017 The United States condemns recurring violations of the ceasefire that have occurred in Mali between signatory armed groups to the 2015 Algiers Peace Accord. We urge the parties to end hostilities immediately and to strictly comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests Planned in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott has learned that political opposition parties are planning several protests throughout Nouakchott this weekend, from July 28 until July 30. The government has denied authorization for some of these planned protests, but demonstrations may still occur regardless of authorization. On July 26, violent confrontations occurred between marching protestors and police ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: New Military Red Zone in Northern Mauritania

The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott informs U.S. citizens the Mauritanian Ministry of Defense has announced a new military red zone in Northern Mauritania. The new red zone is situated between Cheggat, Ain Bentili, Dhar Tichitt, and Lemreyye. Mauritanian authorities now prohibit travel in this area. The Ministry of Defense has advised the public that any ...
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The United States and Togo To Co-Host the 2017 AGOA Forum in Lomé, Togo

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 14, 2017 The United States and Togo will co-host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Lomé, Togo August 8-10. The Forum will bring together senior government officials from the United States and 38 Sub-Saharan African AGOA-eligible countries to discuss ways to boost economic ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Macron of France in Joint Press Conference | July 13, 2017

Élysée Palace Paris, France 6:44 P.M. CET PRESIDENT MACRON:  (As interpreted.)  Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.  First and foremost, I want to thank President Trump for his visit to Paris this afternoon and tomorrow, tomorrow morning, as well as to thank his delegation.  I was very pleased to be able to welcome President Trump and ...
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Remarks at the Small Group Session of the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS by Special Presidential Envoy McGurk in Washington, DC

Remarks Brett McGurk Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Iraq Dr. Naufel Al Hassan Washington, DC July 13, 2017 MR MCGURK: Thank you, Terry. Good morning. Distinguished ambassadors, coalition ...
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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Famine Risk, Violence, and Forced Displacement

For Immediate Release Saturday, July 8, 2017 USAID Press Office Today, the United States announced nearly $639 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to over $1.8 billion for these ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Independence Day

Speech by Chargé d’Affaires July 4, 2017 New Embassy Compound   Ministers, Ambassadors, Honored guests, dear friends and family, Ladies and Gentlemen, – Welcome, Marhaba, Bienvenue, Jam hiiri e mon bandiraabe, Kha sounka ma remmou, Jaam Ken yendu bokeyi On behalf of Ambassador Larry André, who is in Washington DC on a temporary assignment, I ...
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U.S. Position on the Creation of a Joint G5 Sahel Force

Press Release: The United States applauds the G5 nations – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger- for creating this joint G5 Sahel force, which will allow them to better coordinate their efforts to fight extremism on the continent and to take regional ownership over security and stabilization efforts. We view the G5 Sahel joint ...
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On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 23, 2017   On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity. This day ...
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Qatar

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 25, 2017 Qatar has begun its careful review and consideration of a series of requests presented by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE. While some of the elements will be very difficult for Qatar to meet, there are significant areas which provide a basis ...
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Attack on Hotel Kangaba in Mali

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 19, 2017 The United States expresses its condolences to the victims and their families of the June 18 terrorist attack at Hotel Kangaba “Le Campement” outside Bamako, Mali. We appreciate the efforts of Malian, French, and United Nations peacekeeping forces in responding to the attack and ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Mauritania Hosts Nouakchott Iftar

On June 7th, his Excellency Chargé d’Affaires Irvin Hicks hosted an Iftar in honor of guests from the Mauritanian government, diplomatic corps and religious community at the Ambassador’s residence in Nouakchott, Mauritania. In his remarks for the occasion, the Chargé highlighted to his guests that Ramadan is a special occasion for prayer, meditation, and support ...
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United States Condemns Attacks in London

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 3, 2017 The United States condemns the cowardly attacks targeting innocent civilians in London this evening. We understand U.K. police are currently treating these as terrorist incidents. The United States stands ready to provide any assistance authorities in the United Kingdom may request. Our hearts are ...
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Women’s Cooperative Addresses Water and Food Needs in Mauritania

June 2017—In Mauritania’s Guidimakha region—which faces recurrent drought, lack of water access, and persistent food and nutrition insecurity—a women’s cooperative called Dioubaye works to improve access to nutritious food, water and income for its members and community. Dioubaye, which is the name of a local tree, maintained a garden long before receiving USAID assistance in ...
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On the Occasion of Ramadan

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 26, 2017 On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection. Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan

President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan. During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our communities. At ...
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Reception in Honor of 2017 Grantees in our Academic Exchange Programs

Grantees in our Academic Exchange Programs The U.S. Embassy in Mauritania has organized this morning, May 24, 2017, a reception presided by His Excellency Mr. Jeffrey Bournes, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, to honor the Mauritanian students who have been selected this year to participate in further studies in the United States. 20 young Mauritanians ...
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President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

Thank You. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice ...
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Six Mauritanians to Attend the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Out of ninety young Mauritanian candidates who applied for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, also called YALI, six have been selected to participate. This program allows young African leaders to pursue professional development and leadership training at major American universities for periods of 6-8 weeks. The Mauritanian beneficiaries this year are: ...
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Statement on the President’s Intent to Nominate Mark Green to Lead the U.S. Agency for International Development

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 10, 2017 I welcome President Trump’s announcement of his intention to nominate Mark Andrew Green as the new Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Mark brings vast experience to this position, having served as a U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, a Member ...
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World Press Freedom Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2017 Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there is currently a large protest being held in the vicinity of the national hospital. The demonstration started yesterday and recently turned violent. Today, protesters have started smashing out windows of vehicles in cars parked and cars driving through the area. Please avoid the area if at all ...
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Mauritania Hosts the First Regional C208 Simulator Training Event

Mauritania Hosts the First Regional C208 Simulator Training Mauritania is currently hosting (April 24-29, 2017) the first regional C208 simulator training event with participation from Mauritanian Air Force (MAF), Niger Air Force, and US Air Force. This event marked the first time the MAF C208 simulator was used between regional partners, and signifies the first ...
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The Road Ahead to Malaria Eradication

By Patrick Kachur on April 25, 2017 World Malaria Day arrives today with a theme that is equal parts ambition and aspiration—“End Malaria for Good.” It’s catchy and encapsulates a universal goal. It also compels us to take unflinching stock to understand where we are in the fight against this beguiling foe. And more importantly, ...
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U.S. Department of State and Edison Electric Institute Launch the Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 6, 2017 The U.S. Department of State in partnership with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) officially launched the African Utility Power Sector Exchange (AUPSE) initiative today with a workshop in Washington, D.C., attended by African and U.S. utility Chief Executive Officers (CEO). Acting Special Envoy and ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley Chairs UN Security Council Meeting on the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali

04/06/2017 “We need to see host governments and peacekeepers working together to make life safer for people on the ground. We need to make sure that we have the backs of peacekeepers when they can’t do their jobs. And we need to make sure missions have benchmarks for accountability…The Mali mission is a key example ...
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Statement from Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis on U.S. strike in Syria

Release No: NR-126-17 April 6, 2017 At the direction of the president, U.S. forces conducted a cruise missile strike against a Syrian Air Force airfield today at about 8:40 p.m. EDT (4:40 a.m., April 7, in Syria). The strike targeted Shayrat Airfield in Homs governorate, and was in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons ...
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Security Council Presidential Statement Strongly Condemns Violence by Armed Groups in Central African Republic

“The Security Council expresses concern at the ongoing clashes between armed groups, in particular around Bambari in the Ouaka prefecture, and, most recently, in Bakouma in the Mbomou prefecture, which have caused heavy civilian losses and significant population displacement. “The Security Council deplores all attacks against civilians, abuses and violations of human rights and the ...
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Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2347 on the Destruction and Trafficking of Cultural Heritage by Terrorist Groups

Ambassador Michele J. Sison U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 24, 2017 Thank you, Mr. President. The United States thanks the Governments of France and Italy for taking the initiative to rally the international community to protect our world’s common heritage from being ...
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Issuance of Presidential Permit to TransCanada for Keystone XL Pipeline

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 24, 2017 The Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs has issued a Presidential permit to TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. (“TransCanada”) authorizing TransCanada to construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the U.S.-Canadian border in Phillips County, Montana for the importation of crude oil. The ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Risk of Terrorist Attack

March 21, 2017 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to far eastern Mauritania due to the activities of terrorist groups including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which are active in the neighboring regions of Mali, and the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS).  The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on “Trafficking in persons in conflict situations: forced labor, slavery, and other similar practices”

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City March 15, 2017 Thank you, Mr. President, for raising this very important issue. Thank you to Secretary-General Guterres, Mr. Hyland, Mr. Fedotov, and Ms. Elman for your briefings and your forceful calls to end all forms ...
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International Women’s Day

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC March 8, 2017 On International Women’s Day, we reflect on the critical contributions women make in every sector of society and we recommit ourselves to addressing the discrimination and barriers that women face around the world. We have seen firsthand the benefits of women’s empowerment—politically, economically, ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month

For Immediate Release March 01, 2017 President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of ...
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On President Trump’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 1, 2017 As the President laid out in his address to Congress , the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep Americans safe, ...
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Statement of Rex Tillerson, Nominee for Secretary of State

Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC January 11, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Yes, I do have members of my family with me today: My wife Renda for more than 30 years who has kept a welcoming home when I would come back from my many travels and also four sons and ...
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United States Condemns Attack in Mali

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC January 18, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the cowardly attack on a military camp in Gao that houses government forces and members of the primary armed groups that signed the Malian peace accord. We are aware of reports that the attack ...
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U.S. Delegation Meets with Sahel G-5 Permanent Secretariat in Nouakchott

A U.S. delegation, led by U.S. Department of State’s Africa Bureau Acting Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary Peter Barlerin, participated in a one-day workshop in Nouakchott with a Sahel G-5 delegation led by the Permanent Secretary Najim Elhadj Mohamed. The objective of this meeting is to reinforce the U.S. relationship with the G-5, build on regional ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of two planned protests today, possibly lasting throughout the day in Nouakchott. The protests are expected to take place around the Ministry of Justice and the Azalai Hotel, on Abdel Nasser Avenue. Police are present and are currently using tear gas to disperse the crowds. Avoid this area for ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Calls for Demonstrations in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of calls for two protests today around 1500 hours in Nouakchott. The protests are expected to take place at the Ibn Abbass Mosque and the Russian Embassy. The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid these areas from 1430 hours to 1700 hours. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful ...
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2017 Mauritanian Woman of Courage Award Winner

On December 8th, Ambassador Larry André hosted a lunch in honor of Zeynabou Mint Taleb Moussa, the President of the Mauritanian Association for the Mother and the Child Health (AMSME), the 2017 Mauritanian Woman of Courage Award winner, and the Mauritanian nominee for the United States Department of State 2017 International Woman of Courage Award.  Zeynabou ...
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Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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Graduation Ceremony of the Eighth English Access Program

The Embassy of the United States of America, in collaboration with the Mauritanian Ministry of Education, held a graduation ceremony of the eighth English Access Microscholarship Program this morning.  The ceremony was hosted by the Nouakchott English Center (NEC) and the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Mauritania, Ousmane Cissé presided. This year’s ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Risk of Terrorist Attack

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in Nouakchott.  This information comes against the backdrop of calls by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for its adherents to carry out ...
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President Abdul Aziz’s Strong Statement in Favor of Presidential Term Limits is a Shining Example for the Arab World and Africa

The United States congratulates President Mohamed Abdul Aziz for speaking forcefully in favor of Presidential term limits in his address to the Mauritanian people on 20 October.  President Abdul Aziz emphasized the importance of the constitution “anchoring democracy on public interest” rather than on personal interests of a specific individual or of a small group ...
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Detainee Transfer Announced

Press Operations Release No: NR-371-16 Oct. 17, 2016 The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Mohamedou Ould Slahi from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Mauritania. On July 14, 2016, a Periodic Review Board consisting of representatives from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and State; the Joint ...
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WHO Grant Signing

Today, the Embassy of the United States in Nouakchott, Mauritania signed a $350,000 grant to the World Health Organization (WHO) for it to assist the Ministry of Health in developing national policies and plans for effective infection prevention and control/WASH Programs in Mauritania. This grant is proof of the solid partnership that exists between the ...
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Embassy Nouakchott Celebrates Independence

Ministers, Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, Honored guests, dear friends and family, Welcome, Bienvenue, Marhaba to our celebration of the 240 year anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. In 1775 armed conflict began between American and British forces over American refusal to pay taxes to the British Parliament where they had no representation.  Only a minority sought ...
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Embassy Nouakchott Organizes an Iftar

Good Evening Ramadan Kareem, I extend best wishes to you during this holy month of Ramadan from the American people, from all my colleagues at the United States Embassy, from my family here with me today, and from myself. For many, this month is a time of reflection on the highest values of your faith, ...
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Op-Ed by Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield: Transitions and Democracy

This is a crucial year for democracy in Africa. Six countries have already held presidential elections in 2016, and 11 more are preparing for elections.  African leaders have the opportunity to advance democracy and cement their legacies by establishing the conditions for peaceful transitions of power. Their actions will determine democracy’s trajectory across the continent ...
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Messages for U.S. Citizens 2016: Increase in Crime

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens in Mauritania that criminal activity in Nouakchott continues to rise.  In recent months, a number of homes and private individuals, including U.S. citizens, have been targeted by violent criminals.  In Nouakchott, armed robberies and burglaries are occurring at homes as well as on busy streets in broad daylight.  Some ...
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2016 Mauritanian Woman of Courage Award Winner

On January 21, Ambassador Larry André hosted a lunch in honor of, Fatimata M’baye, the 2016 Mauritanian Woman of Courage Award winner, and a nominee for the United States Department of State International Woman of Courage Award.  M’baye was Mauritania’s first ever female attorney and she is the president of local human rights NGO Association ...
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Completion of the Department’s Largest Wind Turbine at the new U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania

In celebration of Earth Day, the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO)is pleased to announce the completion of the Department’s largest power-generating wind turbine at the new U.S. Embassy in Mauritania. The 50 kilowatt (kW) turbine in Nouakchott is expected to generate nearly 142 megawatt hours (MWh) per year—roughly 13 average American homes ...
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Mauritania to Co-host Launching of International Health Regulations/Global Health Security Strategic Planning and Implementation Meeting

Mauritania to hold Security Strategic Planning and Health Implementation Meeting Nouakchott, Mauritania – From January 26 to 29, the Mauritanian Government in collaboration with the World Health Organization, US Embassy/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and international partners will begin developing a strategic plan to implement Global Health Security Agenda activities to prevent, detect, and ...
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Three Fuel Fields Constructed in Zouerat, Tidjikja, and Ouassa Airfields

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania – The Mauritanian Air Force, in partnership with the US Embassy through the Office of Security Cooperation, took possession of three fuel fields at Zouerat, Tidjikja, and Ouassa Airfields in February. The construction of the fuel fields is intended to upgrade the support infrastructure of the Mauritanian Air Force and improve air operations ...
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Benefits of the New Embassy

Renewable Energy Nouakchott, which means “place of the winds” in the Berber language, will be the first U.S. Embassy compound with a wind turbine integrated into the project design. It is anticipated that this 50kW wind turbine will provide 5% of the Embassy’s annual energy usage. The compound will have 184kW of solar photovoltaic power ...
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New Embassy

The new Embassy will be situated on a 10.5-acre site in the Tevragh Zeina district and will include a chancery, warehouse and maintenance facilities, a utility building, multiple access pavilions, and community facilities. When completed, the new complex will provide Embassy employees with a secure, modern, and environmentally sustainable workplace. The $181 million project will ...
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Remarks on the Groundbreaking Ceremony

Friends, Colleagues, Members of the Press; We are very pleased you could join us this morning, here, at the site of our new Embassy. That is the first time that our two national anthems have been played on this spot, but they will be played many more times here – hundreds of times – in ...
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Mauritania to Co-host International Flintlock 2016 Military Exercise

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA –From December 13 to 18, dozens of military planners from Africa, North America and Europe met to prepare for Flintlock 2016, the largest Special Operations Forces exercise in Africa. Beginning in early February 2016, Senegalese and Mauritanian military units will welcome Special Operations Forces from more than 19 European and North American countries ...
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Detainee Transfer Announced

Press Operations Release No: NR-412-15 October 29, 2015 The Department of Defense announced today the repatriation of Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Mauritania. As directed by the president’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result ...
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Press Release (September 22, 2015)

On September 28, 2015, in accordance with the principle of reciprocity and following U.S. laws and regulations, all Mauritanian tourist visa recipients (visa class B) will be charged an additional $70 issuance fee.  This fee will not affect other visa classes. In March, the Embassy was made aware that Mauritania charges U.S. citizens $230 for ...
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Mauritania to have a Record Number of Fellows Studying in the U.S. in 2015

The United States Embassy in Mauritania is proud to announce that 19 Mauritanian students have been selected to participate in our various academic exchange programs for 2015-2016. These students have competed months of interviews and examinations to be selected for one of the various programs.  They were finally selected following reviews both locally and in ...
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New Embassy Reaches Half-way Point of Construction

On June 2nd, Ambassador André presided the topping off of the new U.S embassy compound in Nouakchott.  This is the half-way point of construction of the New United States Embassy.  The Mauritanian government delegation was led by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. El Moctar Ould Henda.  The building is expected ...
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African Air Chiefs Symposium 2015

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania – The Mauritanian air force, in partnership with U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, will co-host the African Air Chiefs Symposium here from Sept. 14 to 17. Air Chiefs from 20 countries will attend, including; Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, ...
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U. S. Embassy Responds to Release of Human Rights Activist

We welcome the humanitarian decision by the government of Mauritania to grant the provisional release of Djby Sow, President of the civil society organization ‘Kawtal Ngam Yelitare,’ on medical grounds.  We await a decision on the appeal of the legal proceedings against Djiby Sow and his fellow prisoners, Mr.Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, President of the ...
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Ambassador André Speech

Madame Minister, Members of the Official Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Representatives from the international diplomatic community, leaders from the religious institutions and civil society, distinguished guests, colleagues and friends Welcome to the American Embassy and thank you for joining my colleagues and I in our celebration of United States’ Independence Day.  I ...
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Embassy Nouakchott Organizes an Iftar

On June 25th, Ambassador André and Mrs. André hosted an Iftar in honor of guests from the Mauritanian government, diplomatic corps and religious community at their residence in Nouakchott, Mauritania.  In his remarks, Ambassador André highlighted that Ramadan is a special occasion for prayer, meditation, and support for the poorest of the poor, and the ...
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New Embassy Reaches Half-way Point of Construction

On June 2nd, Ambassador André presided the topping off of the new U.S embassy compound in Nouakchott.  This is the half-way point of construction of the New United States Embassy.  The Mauritanian government delegation was led by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. El Moctar Ould Henda.  The building is expected ...
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U.S Embassy Supports Education in Mauritania through English Learning

On May 21, the U.S. ambassador to Mauritania, his Excellency Larry André in conjunction with Mr. Diallo Harouna, senior advisor to the Minister of Education, presided over the launching ceremony of the eighth edition of the English Access Micro-Scholarship Program at the Nouakchott English Center (NEC). The Access program will provide 120 Mauritanian students, aged ...
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Four Mauritanians to Attend the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Out of thirty-nine young Mauritanian candidates who applied for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, also called YALI, four have been selected to participate. An initiative of President Obama, this program allows young African leaders to pursue professional development and leadership training at major American universities for periods of 6-8 weeks. The ...
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Ambassador André Visits the Mauritanian Hydrocarbon Drilling Rig off the Mauritania Coast

On Wednesday, May 13, Ambassador André visited the Mauritanian hydrocarbon drilling rig off the Mauritania coast.  The drillship “Atwood Achiever” is a state of the art drilling rig being used by Kosmos Energy.  While touring the facility, Ambassador André and his Embassy colleagues met with the Country Manager of Kosmos Energy, Mahamed Limam, and the Head of ...
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Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command–Africa inaugurates new Mauritanian Army Unit

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA (April 26, 2015) – U.S. Army Brig Gen. Donald C. Bolduc, commander, U.S. Special Operations Command – Africa, arrived here yesterday to commemorate the inauguration of a new Mauritanian military unit that was years in the making. Mauritania’s new Action Civilo-Militaire (ACM) unit was inaugurated in a ceremony today attended by U.S. Ambassador ...
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Mauritania to Host African Air Chiefs Symposium

Lt. General Darryl Roberson, Commander of the 17 EAF, and General Frank Gorenc, Commander of USAFE-AFAFRICA, hosted Mauritanian Air Force Senior Leaders, including Col. Mohamed Lehreitani.  The visit to Ramstein is to continue ongoing Security Cooperation activities between the U.S. and Mauritania.  Mauritania is proud to co-host this year’s African Air Chiefs Symposium with USAFE-AFAFRICA ...
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Ambassador André Interview with Alakhbar.info

Part I Since your arrival in Mauritania you had several meetings both formal and informal, visits and tours, we can say that you achieved in four months, more than what some diplomats did during their entire term in Mauritania, what is the secret of these moves that some time, went over the diplomatic restrictions? My ...
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Op-Ed by Ambassador Larry E. André: History of Slavery and its Vestiges in the United States

Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1776 in our Declaration of Independence from Britain, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Jefferson’s philosophical commitment to human equality, unfortunately, did ...
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Press Release (April 6, 2015)

The United States welcomes recent steps to implement the Roadmap for the Eradication of the Vestiges of Slavery, including the Ulema’s fatwa issued March 30 and the Cabinet’s proposed amendments to the law on slavery issued April 2. We await the decision on the appeal of the legal proceedings against Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, ...
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Op-Ed by President Obama: Our Fight against Violent Extremism

The United States has made significant gains against terrorism. We’ve decimated the core al Qaeda leadership, strengthened homeland security and worked to prevent another large­scale attack like 9/11. At the same time, the threat has evolved. The al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen actively plots against us. Since 9/11, terrorists have murdered U.S. citizens overseas, including ...
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Mauritania and the United States: Partners for Ebola Preparedness

On February 9-21, Dr. Oleg Bilukha, Associate Director of Science, Emergency Response and Recovery Branch, Center for Global Health, United States’ Center for Disease Control (CDC) visited Mauritania.  Dr. Bilukha’s visit was to further discussions on Ebola preparedness with a focus on rapid detection and response in case of a possible future case.  During his ...
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Kerry: Our Plan for Countering Violent Extremism

Throughout our history, we have faced threats from aggression, genocide, chaos and dictatorship. Today we are asked to wage a new war against a new enemy. The battlefield is different, and so are the weapons that we need to overcome that enemy and triumph. The rise of violent extremism represents the pre-eminent challenge of the ...
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Press Release (February 4, 2015)

The American people cherish the freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression.  Ambassador André compliments the behavior of the Mauritanians who gathered at the embassy today to express their viewpoint on the issue of the two Mauritanian detainees at the Guantanamo facility.  They expressed their views clearly and peacefully.  Those views were heard and will be ...
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STATEMENT BY JEFFREY RATHKE DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF PRESS RELATIONS on Convictions in Mauritania of Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, Brahim Bilal Ramdhane and D

The United States government is closely following the legal proceedings against Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, President of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), IRA Vice President Brahim Bilal Ramdhane, and Djiby Sow, President of Kawal e Yelitaare.  We are deeply concerned by the January 15 court decision to convict and ...
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Statement of General David M. Rodriguez, the commander of the United States Africa Command (February 2nd, 2015)

Good Afternoon, It is a pleasure to have returned to Mauritania for a second time as the commander of the United States Africa Command.  I thank President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and the Mauritanian Ministry of Defense for a memorable and productive visit. Since my last visit, Mauritania and the United States have continued their ...
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U.S. Africa Command Leader Highlights U.S.-Mauritania Partnership

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA (Feb. 2, 2015) – U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez arrived here yesterday for the second time in his role as Commander, U.S. Africa Command, for consultations with Mauritanian leaders and his U.S. Embassy colleagues. During his visit, Gen. Rodriguez expressed his appreciation for the strong, mutually beneficial relationship that the United States and ...
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Ground Breaking of a Health Clinic at Diawling

On Thursday, January 22, Ambassador Larry André, the Africa Special Operations Commander Major General James Linder, as well as Mauritanian Government and Military Officials participated in a ground breaking ceremony for a health clinic in Bouhadrja Village located in Diawling National Park.  The site was chosen due to the dire need of the villagers for a ...
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Regional CVE Conference on Encouraging the Spirit of Moderation in order to Build Sustainable Peace

DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY BISA WILLIAMS Remarks: Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.  It is a pleasure to be back in Nouakchott.  I am honored to represent the United States at this important event along with Deputy Under Secretary for Homeland Security Dr. Ronald Clark.  The government and people of Mauritania have demonstrated vital leadership in convening this ...
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United States of America: Slavery, Racial Discrimination, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, Monday, 19 January, is a national holiday in my country to recognize the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. toward making our society more just and united.  He was the most prominent human rights leader in the United States from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.  His career focused on ending the ...
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Ambassador Larry André hosts lunch with the Majority Party and Civil Society

Ambassador Larry André hosted a lunch on Monday, January 12, 2015, as a part of his ongoing, open dialogue with Mauritanians concerning priority issues for both nations.   The lunch followed meetings on January 7 with UPR and January 8 with civil society groups.  The Ambassador and the attendees sought to foster greater collaboration towards ending ...
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Ancient Cities Festival

U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania Larry André, Mrs. Larry André, and a Delegation from the American Embassy paid a visit to the historical city of Chinguetti (500 km north of Nouakchott) from January 3-5. They attended the opening ceremony of the 5th edition of the annual Cultural Festival of Ancient Cities in Mauritania, held on January 4.  ...
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African Air Chiefs Symposium 2015

Good Morning Thank you and congratulations to Diallo Mamadou Bathia, Minister of Defense and Général de Division Mohamed Ghazouani, Chief of Defense for the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, and Colonel Mohamed Ould Hreytani, Chief of Staff of the Air Force of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for co-hosting the 2015 African Air Chiefs Symposium.  Welcome ...
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Press Statement – December 24, 2014

We are closely monitoring the situation of the activists from the “Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement” who are facing judicial proceedings in Rosso. We call upon the government of Mauritania to ensure that these and all judicial proceedings are fair, transparent, and objective. The U.S. Embassy maintains an ongoing dialogue with the ...
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Ambassador André and his Colleagues Visit the PK 14 Health Center/Ebola Treatment Center

On December 18th, 2014, Ambassador André and some Embassy staff visited the of PK 14 health center in the Moughataa of Ryadh district within the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott. Ambassador André was given a presentation by Ministry of Health officials on the operations of the center. This infrastructure will play a key role should an Ebola outbreak ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary Bisa Williams discusses regional security, human rights, and prosperity with President Aziz during visit to Mauritania

Ambassador Bisa Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs, visited Mauritania November 26-29, 2014.  Ambassador Williams consulted with President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on regional security issues and on topics related to advancing human rights and prosperity, and eradicating the Ebola Virus Disease.  She also shared perspectives on these subjects ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest in Nouakchott

U.S. Embassy Nouakchott alerts U.S. citizens to continued violent protests at Carrefour Madrid near Marché Capital. Protests may continue throughout the week and into the weekend.   Police presence has increased in the area as well as throughout Nouakchott. U.S. Embassy personnel and U.S. citizens in Nouakchott are advised to avoid these areas until the protests ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest in Nouakchott

November 11, 2014 U.S. Embassy Nouakchott has received reports of a possibly violent protest at Carrefour Madrid near Marché Capital that could continue into the night.  U.S. Embassy personnel and all U.S. citizens in Nouakchott are advised to avoid these areas for the time being.  Remember, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational ...
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Regional Threat to Western Schools and Teachers

A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against American and other Western schools and teachers in Muslim-majority countries, specifically mentioning Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Maadi, Egypt, as locations with high concentrations of potential targets.  While the Embassy is unaware of any specific, credible threat against any American school or individual in Mauritania, ...
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Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Embassies and consulates are not polling places.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 4.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2014 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials.  U.S. embassies and consulates ...
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Statement by Ambassador André to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, on the Occasion of the Presentation of His Letters of Credentials

Good morning, I am delighted to be with all of you here today in this beautiful country, Mauritania. In-Sha-Allah (If God wills), we will continue the dialogue I have just begun with the President throughout my stay here. I want to convey to the people and to the government of Mauritania the deep respect of ...
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The American Embassy Funds Programs

As part of its Self /Help USADF program, which is designed to assist the poor of Mauritania through the creation of small income-generating projects, a sum of $40,000 (approximately 12, 000,000 UM) has been granted by the Embassy of the United States of America in Mauritania to the following associations:  The Artisanal Cooperative of Nafa, ...
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The American Embassy Funds Programs

As part of the Self Help program whose main mission is to help the poor of Mauritania, a sum of $ 40,000 (about 12, 000,000 UM) was granted by the Embassy of the United States of America to the following Associations:  Women’s Cooperative of Dolol: This is an agricultural cooperative owned by women in the ...
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Funding Projects

As part of its program to assist civil society in its efforts for the promotion and protection of civil and political rights in Mauritania, the Embassy of the United States of America has contributed $ 35,000 dollars (about 10.5 million UM) to the following NGOs: The Organization for a Green and Democratic Mauritania This project ...
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Mauritania and the United States Co-host Air Force Training for Six African Nations

African Partnership Flight (APF) Mauritania, cohosted by the Mauritanian government and the U.S. Air Force, brought more than fifty African airmen from six African nations  including, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Tunisia together at Atar Air Base in Atar, Mauritania this past week for a training program conducted by the U.S. Air Force.  ...
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