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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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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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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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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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

“The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” President Donald J. Trump PROTECTING AMERICA FROM A BAD DEAL: President Donald J. Trump is terminating the United States’ participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and re-imposing sanctions lifted under the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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