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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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