Treasury Disrupts Corruption Network Stealing From Venezuela’s Food Distribution Program, CLAP

Alex Saab bribed stepsons of Nicolás Maduro and exploited no-bid contracts to loot hundreds of millions of dollars from starving Venezuelans  Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Colombian national Alex Nain Saab Moran (Saab), a profiteer orchestrating a vast corruption network that has enabled former …

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The United States Takes Action Against Corruption Network of Maduro-Aligned Associates

On July 25, the United States sanctioned five individuals involved in a complex network of bribery and money laundering that has been stealing from the people of Venezuela for years, as well as an additional five individuals and 13 entities connected to these corrupt actors.  Among the individuals involved were Maduro’s three stepsons (Walter, Yosser …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo today in Washington, D.C. The two leaders discussed the ongoing political and man-made humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The Secretary expressed gratitude for Colombia’s continued leadership and extraordinary generosity in hosting displaced Venezuelans. The Secretary and …

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Assistant Secretary Kimberly Breier to Lead U.S. Delegation to the Organization of American States General Assembly

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier will lead the U.S. delegation to the 49th Regular Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) to be held in Medellín, Colombia June 26-28, 2019. The Assistant Secretary will address the General Assembly’s plenary session the morning of June 27 and …

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ONDCP Reports Cocaine Production in Colombia is Leveling Off

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 CONTACT: 202-881-8063 Peter.D.Hoffman@ondcp.eop.gov Washington, D.C. – According to a 2018 estimate released today by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) , coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia remains high but is leveling off. The estimate states coca cultivation in Colombia saw a minor decrease in 2018 to 208,000 hectares from 209,000 hectares in …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo On the Occasion of World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, we recognize the plight of millions of refugees who have fled their homes due to conflict and persecution, and we reaffirm our commitment to provide life-saving assistance for the most vulnerable. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the number of those forcibly displaced rose to more than 70 …

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USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Remarks at the Signing of the Development Objective Assistance Agreement with President Iván Duque

Good afternoon everyone. It is an honor for me to join President Duque today to celebrate yet another milestone in the close partnership between our two countries. It’s worth celebrating because we’re much more than mere partners, we’re close neighbors and true friends. There is an unshakable bond between our two nations forged through a …

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U.S. Embassy Statement

U.S. Embassy Statement The United States Embassy reaffirms the strong friendship and alliance between Colombia and the United States. We have supported the Colombian government and people through times of war and we will continue to support them in times of peace. Visa records are confidential under U.S. law. We do not discuss individual visas …

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Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier Travels to Argentina and Colombia

Assistant Secretary Kimberly Breier will travel to Argentina and Colombia May 9 through 13 to strengthen regional cooperation in promoting democracy, economic prosperity, and security. From May 9 to 12, Assistant Secretary Breier will travel to Buenos Aires to deepen the U.S.-Argentine partnership in promoting democratic governance, combating terrorism and transnational crime, and advancing free, …

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Treasury Removes Sanctions Imposed on Former High-Ranking Venezuelan Intelligence Official After Public Break with Maduro and Dismissal

Washington – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) removed sanctions imposed on Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera (Cristopher), who last week broke ranks with the Maduro regime and rallied to the support of the Venezuelan constitution and the National Assembly. Cristopher is the former Director General of Venezuela’s National Intelligence …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on World Press Freedom Day

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, targeted with violence, or even killed – all too often with impunity. At …

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Secretary Pompeo Visit to Cucutá, Colombia, April 14, 2019

“….We are desperately trying to get humanitarian assistance to the people of Venezuela.  We are committed to helping Venezuela, the region, deny Maduro the opportunity to engage in this thuggish behavior that has been so harmful to ordinary Venezuelans.  We’re determined to achieve this outcome, and we’re optimistic that we can get there.” – Secretary …

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United States Provides Additional Humanitarian Aid to Venezuelans Who Have Fled Their Country

Today, Vice President Pence announced that the United States is providing nearly $61 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support the regional response for the 3.4 million Venezuelans who have fled the man-made crisis in their country. The Vice President recognizes the need to increase support for these vulnerable Venezuelans, and announced the new funding …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT April 2, 2019 Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez.  The Secretary and President Duque discussed the importance …

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Secretary’s Remarks: 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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Statement of Secretary Pompeo on Observance of International Women’s Day

The United States is proud to observe International Women’s Day, March 8.  We extend our gratitude to the diverse women and girls around the globe who have made vast contributions in lifting up those facing challenges and hardship and put their own communities and countries on a path to greater progress.  The United States reaffirms …

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The United States airlifts additional humanitarian assistance to Cucuta, Colombia, to help Venezuelans in need

Today, the United States airlifted additional humanitarian relief supplies from Florida to Cúcuta, Colombia, intended to help people affected by the man-made political and economic crisis in Venezuela. Venezuela’s collapsing health system is leaving hospitals without basic supplies, and has prompted outbreaks of diseases that had been were thought to be under control or eliminated.  …

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Treasury Sanctions Security Officials Associated with Violence and Obstruction of Humanitarian Aid Delivery

Treasury further targets security officials loyal to Maduro as humanitarian aid is prevented from entering Venezuela  Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated six Venezuelan government officials who are aligned with illegitimate former President Nicolas Maduro and associated with the obstruction of humanitarian aid deliveries into …

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The United States Revokes U.S. Entry of Maduro-Aligned Individuals and Family

As Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams announced earlier today, the United States has imposed visa restrictions on individuals responsible for undermining Venezuela’s democracy.  We are applying this policy to numerous Maduro-aligned officials and their families.  On February 28, we revoked the visas of 49 individuals. Maduro supporters that abuse or violate human rights, steal …

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The United States Sanctions Maduro Regime Security Officials Associated with Violence and Obstruction of International Humanitarian Assistance

Today, the United States took action against six security officials of the illegitimate Maduro regime associated with obstruction of the entry of international humanitarian aid into Venezuela or violence against those who attempted to deliver this assistance. Sanctions were imposed on Richard Jesus Lopez Vargas, Commanding General of the Venezuelan National Guard, Jesus Maria Mantilla …

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The United States sanctions Governors of Venezuelan states aligned with Maduro

Today, the United States took action against four governors aligned with the illegitimate Maduro regime who prevented desperately needed international humanitarian assistance from entering Venezuela and/or engaged in corruption to the detriment of the Venezuelan people, in some cases involving human rights violations. Sanctions were imposed on the governors of the states of Zulia: Omar …

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United States provides additional humanitarian aid to Venezuelans who have fled their country

Today, Vice President Pence announced that the United States is providing nearly $56 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support the regional response for the nearly 3.4 million Venezuelans who have fled Venezuela due to the political and economic crisis caused by Nicolas Maduro. This assistance complements the aid that the United States and its …

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Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams Travel to Miami and Cucuta, Colombia

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson ________________________________________ For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE February 21, 2019 Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams Travel to Miami and Cucuta, Colombia Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will travel to Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, and Cucuta, Colombia February 21-22 to support the delivery of humanitarian aid …

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The United States Provides Second Tranche of Humanitarian Assistance in Cúcuta, Colombia, to Help Venezuelans in Need

The United States is airlifting and pre-positioning additional humanitarian commodities to provide relief to tens of thousands of Venezuelans who are suffering from severe shortages of food and medicine caused by the mismanagement of the illegitimate Maduro regime. The relief supplies include hygiene kits and nutrition products from the warehouse maintained by the United States …

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The United States Delivers Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Cucuta, Colombia for the People of Venezuela

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC February 15, 2019 The United States is responding to Interim President Juan Guaido’s request to help meet the urgent needs of the people of Venezuela. On February 16, the Department of State, USAID, and the Department of Defense, in a cooperative effort, will deliver aid ready for …

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The United States Pre-Positions First Phase of Humanitarian Assistance to Provide Aid to Venezuelans – Cucuta, Colombia

At the request of Interim President Juan Guaidó, the United States is immediately prepositioning emergency supplies in Colombia to provide relief to Venezuelans coping with severe food and medicine shortages. As Secretary Pompeo announced on January 24, 2019, at the request of Interim President Juan Guaidó, the United States is preparing to provide more than …

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Ivan Duque Marquez of Colombia

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will welcome President Ivan Duque Marquez and First Lady Maria Juliana Ruiz Sandoval of Colombia to the White House on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  President Trump and President Duque will build upon the strong partnership that exists between their nations in pursuit of a more prosperous, …

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Readout of Vice President Pence’s Call with the President of Colombia, Ivan Duque

The White House Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2019 READOUT OF VICE PRESIDENT PENCE’S CALL WITH THE PRESIDENT OF COLOMBIA, IVAN DUQUE Vice President Pence spoke by phone today with the President of Colombia, Ivan Duque, to express his most sincere condolences to the Colombian people and to the families …

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Alert: Operations During a Lapse in Appropriations

Due to the lapse in appropriations of the U.S. government for some agencies, the Embassy of the United States in Colombia will be operating in a limited manner until further notice. However, U.S. citizen services (such as passports), and visa services will continue. Visa interviews will resume after Christmas on December 26. The U.S. Embassy …

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Opening Ceremony of the Hospital Ship USNS Comfort visit to Colombia

On Friday, November 16, the opening ceremony of the USNS Comfort Hospital Ship mission in Colombia was held in Turbo, Antioquia. The ship arrived on November 14 to this region of Antioquia. On November 16, the first day of the mission, the ship’s personnel, accompanied by volunteers from the United States, Argentina, Canada and other …

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Announcement of the visit of the Hospital Ship USNS Comfort to Colombia

On Thursday, November 8, the Ambassador of the United States in Colombia, Kevin Whitaker, along with Colombia Health Minister Juan Pablo Uribe, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luz Stella Jara, and Deputy Minister of Defense, Diana Abaunza announced the visit of the USNS Comfort Hospital Ship to Colombia, at the facilities of the US Embassy …

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Treasury Sanctions Colombian Narcotics Trafficker With Ties to the FARC and La Oficina de Envigado

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Colombian national Pedro Luis Zuleta Noscue as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  Four additional Colombian nationals were also designated for their involvement in the narcotics trafficking activities of Pedro Luis …

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NASA…60 years and counting

For six decades, NASA has led the peaceful exploration of space, making discoveries about our planet, our solar system, and our universe. At home in America, NASA research has made great advances in aviation, helped to develop a commercial space industry, enrich our economy, create jobs, and strengthen national security. Outside the United States, our …

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United States continues to assist Venezuelans in need

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Vice President Mike Pence announced today at the 73rd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, NY, more than $48 million in additional humanitarian U.S. assistance for Venezuelans affected by the man-made crisis in Venezuela. This funding will help provide affected Venezuelans with emergency food …

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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan Individuals and Entities

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Today, the United States imposed sanctions on four current or former officials of the Government of Venezuela: First Lady and Former Attorney General Cilia Adela Flores de Maduro, Executive Vice President Delcy Eloina Rodriguez Gomez, Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Jesus Rodriguez Gomez, and Minister of Defense Vladimir …

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Ivan Duque Marquez of Colombia

Today, President Donald J. Trump and President Ivan Duque Marquez of Colombia discussed the strong United States–Colombia partnership and our cooperation in the areas of counternarcotics, organized crime, and energy security.  The two leaders also discussed ways the two countries will work together to bring about the restoration of democracy in Venezuela.

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Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Call with President Ivan Duque of Colombia

Vice President Mike Pence spoke by phone today with President Ivan Duque of Colombia to reiterate the strong bilateral relationship between Colombia and the United States. The two leaders discussed the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and its spillover effects across the region, recommitting themselves to maintaining pressure on the Maduro regime and addressing the tragic …

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Secretary Mattis travels to South America

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis embarks Sunday, Aug. 12 on his first trip to South America while leading the Department of Defense. The White House declared 2018 the “Year of the Americas,” and the Secretary’s trip underscores the Department’s strong defense ties with Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. These relationships are critical to a …

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Colombian Accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson, Washington, DC The United States congratulates Colombia on its accession and completion of the process to become a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The United States commends Colombia’s significant efforts over the past five years to meet the OECD’s technical standards. Membership will bring benefits to the economy …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Phone Call with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Pompeo spoke by phone today with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Secretary Pompeo and President Santos discussed the fraudulent elections held May 20 in Venezuela and the importance of standing together as democratic nations in support of the Venezuelan people and the restoration of their democracy. …

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U.S. Assistance for Venezuelans in Colombia

Today, the United States announced an additional $18.5 million in bilateral funding to support displaced Venezuelans in Colombia who have fled the crisis in their country. The United States is coordinating with the Government of Colombia to respond rapidly to the needs of Venezuelans, Colombians, and others who have fled Venezuela, while continuing to move …

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Statement by Heather Nauert on the United States assisting Venezuelans in need

Effective immediately, the United States is increasing humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans in Colombia who were forced to leave their country due to the ongoing crisis created by the Maduro regime. The U.S. Agency for International Development is providing this new initial assistance, totaling $2.5 million, in partnership with the Colombian government. The funds will go …

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Statement by USAID Administrator Mark Green on U.S. humanitarian assistance for vulnerable Venezuelans

Today, the United States announced new humanitarian assistance to support Venezuelans in Colombia, who are fleeing desperate poverty, hunger, and tyranny in their home country. In partnership with Colombia, this initial, and immediate commitment of $2.5 million will provide emergency food and health assistance for vulnerable Venezuelans and the Colombian communities who are hosting them. …

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Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Visit to Latin America

President Donald J. Trump will travel to Peru next month to attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima and will meet with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Following the President’s participation at the summit, he will travel to Colombia to meet with President Juan Manuel Santos. The trip will be the President’s first to …

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Under Secretary Shannon’s Travel to Ecuador, Colombia, and Chile

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. will travel to Ecuador, Colombia, and Chile February 25-March 3.  The Under Secretary will underscore long-standing U.S. support for bilateral priorities and reaffirm U.S. engagement to promote a safe, prosperous, and democratic hemisphere. In Quito, Ecuador on February 25-27, Under Secretary Shannon will meet …

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Treasury Targets Colombians Linked to Oficina de Envigado Crime Boss Under Kingpin Act

Action Targets Individuals Working to Undermine Law Enforcement Investigations Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated longtime Colombian criminal Javier Garcia Rojas (alias “Maracuya”) and two other Colombian nationals as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for …

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at a joint press availability

February 6, 2018, Bogota, Colombia. SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, first allow me to thank you, President Santos, for the kind welcome I’ve received in Colombia and for the opportunity for us to have such a meaningful meeting and exchange on views on a number of import issues. And it’s truly a pleasure to be in Colombia …

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Remarks of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on U.S. engagement in the Western Hemisphere

February 1, 2018 University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, thank you so much. And thank you, Greg, for that very kind, warm introduction, inviting me back home today. And I want to thank those at the Clements Center of National Security and the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law …

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Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Austin, Mexico City, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogotá, and Kingston

  Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 26, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Austin, Texas, and then to Mexico City, Mexico;  Bariloche and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Perú; Bogotá, Colombia; and Kingston, Jamaica on February 1-7.  The Secretary will engage with regional partners to promote a safe, …

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Operations during a lapse in appropriations

The Embassy of the United States in Colombia will continue to provide essential services to American citizens and to non-immigrant and immigrant visa applicants during the lapse in appropriations of the United States government. Other Embassy regular functions will be affected. Changes to the Embassy’s services will be announced on the Embassy website, Facebook and …

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U.S. efforts towards “Antioquia libre de coca”

After half a century of war, the people of Colombia have a chance for peace. However, the continuing scourge of narcotrafficking undermines the chance for real progress for Colombians, leaving a trail of blood, dirty money, and broken families in its wake. Colombians deserve to benefit from the security, development, and economic opportunity that peace …

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Treasury Sanctions Eight Individuals Involved in Venezuela’s Illegitimate Constituent Assembly

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight individuals involved in organizing or otherwise supporting the creation of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly (Asamblea Constituyente or AC) and participating in anti-democratic actions pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692.  The AC, which seeks to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution and dissolve Venezuelan …

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Treasury Sanctions the President of Venezuela

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, which authorizes sanctions against current or former officials of the Government of Venezuela and others undermining democracy in Venezuela.  These sanctions come a day after the Maduro …

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Treasury Sanctions 13 Current and Former Senior Officials of the Government of Venezuela

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 13 current or former senior officials of the Venezuelan Government pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, which authorizes sanctions against officials of the Government of Venezuela and others undermining democracy there.  The sanctions come ahead of the planned July …

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision On The President’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States”

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson – STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON With the objective of maximizing national security, the Department of State will implement Executive Order 13780,  “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” in an orderly fashion, consistent with the Supreme Court’s unanimous order, and in …

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Bomb at Andino Mall

We express our sincere condolences to relatives and friends of those affected by the explosion in Andino Shopping Center. The United States stands by to provide any support requested by the Colombian authorities. Please see message U.S. citizens here . The Embassy recommends that American citizens follow Colombian National Police and local media reports for updates …

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Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at the Northern Triangle Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Vice President – Miami, Florida   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  And thank you all, I’m truly honored to be with you at this important gathering. But before I begin, allow me to address the attack that took place yesterday in our Nation’s Capital. President Trump …

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Statement on the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America and the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Press Secretary President Donald J. Trump commends Mexico for its leadership in co-convening the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America with the United States in Miami, Florida from June 15 to 16. The leaders of the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador-along with …

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia

President Donald J. Trump met with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia to discuss ways to deepen the close friendship and longstanding partnership between the United States and Colombia.  President Trump underscored the United States Government’s support for the successful implementation of Colombia’s historic peace accord and highlighted the need for Colombia to make quick …

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Treasury Sanctions Eight Members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice

U.S. Department of the Treasury – Office of Public Affairs Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight Venezuelan government officials pursuant to Executive Order 13692.  The designated officials, members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia or TSJ), are responsible for a …

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OAS LGBTI Core Group Statement: International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

Today, on May 17, the members of the OAS LGBTI Core Group (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, United States and Uruguay) are proud to join other governments and civil society organizations from around the world to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). This year, the IDAHOT is an opportunity to …

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Statement from Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Situation in Venezuela

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS – Office of Press and Public Diplomacy We are deeply concerned about the Maduro government’s violent crackdown on protestors in Venezuela. President Maduro’s disregard for the fundamental rights of his own people has heightened the political and economic crisis in the country. The Maduro regime must respect Venezuela’s …

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Non-Violence and Accountability During Protests in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson – STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON. Venezuela has been witness in recent weeks to ongoing social protests, ever since the Supreme Court demonstrated its lack of independence from the Executive Branch through a continuing series of court decisions against the members of the freely-elected National …

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Venezuela: Maduro Government Must Stop Silencing Opposition Voices

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson – STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON The United States views with grave concern the Venezuelan government’s actions to bar Miranda State Governor Henrique Capriles—a prominent, democratically-elected member of Venezuela’s political opposition and former presidential candidate—from participating in the country’s public life for 15 years. We …

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Statement by President Donald Trump on Syria

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Press Secretary – Mar-a-Lago, Florida   THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  It was a slow and brutal …

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Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY REX TILLERSON. The United States strongly condemns the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, the third allegation of the use of such weapons in the past month alone.  There are reports of dozens dead, including many children.  While we continue to monitor the terrible situation, it is clear that this is how …

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U.S. Embassy expresses condolences, pledges support on Mocoa landslide

The U.S. Embassy stands with Colombia following the terrible disaster and loss of life in Mocoa. We are supporting the efforts of CNP aviacion helicopters which are providing essential services in the rescue response effort. The U.S. government stands ready to continue to support Colombia at this difficult moment and is looking for additional ways …

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Decision Greatly Undermines Democratic Institutions 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson – Statemeny by Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson. The United States condemns the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s March 29 decision to usurp the powers of the democratically elected National Assembly.  This rupture of democratic and constitutional norms greatly damages Venezuela’s democratic institutions and denies the Venezuelan people the …

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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon at the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Ceremony

MODERATOR:  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump; Acting Deputy Secretary of State Tom Shannon; and the 2017 International Women of Courage Award recipients.  (Applause.) UNDER SECRETARY SHANNON:  Good morning.  It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the State Department and the 2017 International Women of Courage …

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Speeches: Special Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council on the Situation in Venezuela

Remarks – Michael J. Fitzpatrick – Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs – Washington, DC Thank you, Mr. Chair. Mr. Secretary General, Distinguido Vice-Canciller de Venezuela, Representantes Permanentes, Damas y caballeros: muy buenas tardes a todos y a todas. This meeting is happening today because of the constructive spirit of a majority of member …

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Statement by Secretary Rex Tillerson on the attack in London

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson. On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families.  The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom.  We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled …

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Remarks on the President’s Executive Order Signed Today

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC SECRETARY TILLERSON: Hello. Good morning and thank you for joining us. The executive order signed by the President earlier today, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a vital measure for strengthening our national security. It is the President’s solemn duty to protect …

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President Donald J. Trump Names General H.R. McMaster as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   President Donald J. Trump Names General H.R. McMaster as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs President Donald J. Trump on Monday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster to serve as Assistant to the President for National Security …

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Venezuela: Political Prisoners Should be Released Immediately

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC   President Trump called on Venezuela on February 15 to release opposition leader and political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez. Lopez was sentenced last year to nearly 14 years in prison on the specious charges of inciting anti-government protests in 2014. The Venezuelan Supreme Court denied his …

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President Trump’s Inaugural Address

THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of …

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Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on Colombia’s Peace Process.

Today’s announcement regarding the “end of conflict” in Colombia is welcome news to the people of that country and to all who desire peace.  I congratulate President Santos and his negotiating partners for this milestone in their ongoing effort to conclude a conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that has plagued their …

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Representative Engel Statement On Breakthrough In Colombia Peace Talks

WASHINGTON, DC: Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on the progress of peace talks in Colombia: I welcome yesterday’s announcement by President Santos of major breakthroughs in peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).  When …

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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Colombia’s Peace Process (September 23)

September 23, 2015 Colombia Peace Process I am very pleased to see that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have reached major breakthroughs on the outstanding issues in the peace process negotiations:  transitional justice, disarmament, and a timetable for signing a final agreement. The announcements made today at the peace …

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U.S. Citizens Need To Replace Indefinite Cedulas de Extranjeria with new Cedula by July 23, 2015.

The U.S. Embassy Bogota would like to inform all U.S. citizens residing in Colombia on an indefinite residence permit, the so-called “cedula de extranjeria (C.E.),” that they need to apply at Colombian Immigration (Migracion Colombia) for a new residence permit prior to July 24, 2015.  Migracion Colombia will issue a new cedula valid for five …

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U.S. Embassy implementing new On-Time procedure to reduce wait time for visa applicants

Bogotá, May 27, 2015 In an effort to help reduce everyone’s time waiting in line, beginning June 1, 2015 visa applicants should arrive to the U.S. Embassy at the time of their appointment and no earlier.  Applicants will only be permitted to enter the Embassy compound at the time of their appointment.  Previously the Embassy …

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Treasury Sanctions Guarín Loaiza Drug Trafficking Organization

Washington, May 22, 2015   Targets Members of a Colombian Maritime Drug Trafficking Organization The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated José Berley Guarín Loaiza as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for his significant role in international narcotics …

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United States and Colombia Sign FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement

On May 20, 2015, Ambassador Kevin Whitaker and Colombian Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas signed a Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) intergovernmental agreement, aimed at combating offshore tax evasion and promoting transparency through the exchange of tax information. FATCA is rapidly becoming the global model for combating offshore tax evasion and promoting transparency.  Enacted in …

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U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue, High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue, and Action Plan for Racial and Ethnic Equality – April 27-28

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will lead the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue and the Steering Committee for the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan on Racial and Ethnic Equality, and join the High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue led by Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines, during his April 27-28 travel to Bogota, Colombia. This …

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Broward man pleads guilty for traveling to Colombia to have sex with minors

A Broward man pleaded guilty to several child exploitation charges resulting from his travels to Colombia to engage in illicit sexual activity with two minors. The arrest followed an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami and HSI’s attaché office in Colombia; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the Department …

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U.S. Embassy Bogota’s Carrera Verde Achieves Gold-Level Environmental Certification

On Earth Day 2015, the U.S. Embassy Bogota is proud to announce that Colombia’s first Carrera Verde has achieved Gold-Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport , based in Eugene, Oregon, USA.  Carrera Verde—a 10-kilometer race held in Bogota on February 22, 2015—was co-hosted by the U.S. Embassy and Fundación Natura, a Colombia-based non-governmental environmental organization.  The race …

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Statement from Ambassador Kevin Whitaker

The U.S. Government holds all of its employees to the highest standards of conduct at home and abroad.  These standards of course apply to the members of the U.S. Mission in Colombia.  If an individual fails to adhere to this standard, the Mission conducts an investigation of the case, in cooperation with Colombian authorities when appropriate.  …

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HSI, Colombian Authorities Rescue 55 Sex Trafficking Victims, All Minors

An international undercover law enforcement operation culminated Saturday with the arrests of 12 individuals involved in sex trafficking and the rescue of 55 sex trafficking victims, all minors. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Attaché Office in Colombia and the Colombian Attorney General’s Technical Investigative Corps Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (CTI …

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Letter from the President — Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act

Dear Mr. Chairman: (Madam Chairman:) (Dear Representative:) (Dear Senator:) (Dear Mr. Vice Chairman:) This report to the Congress, under section 804(a) of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, 21 U.S.C. 1903(b)(1) (the “Kingpin Act”), transmits my designations of the following three foreign individuals as appropriate for sanctions under the Kingpin Act and reports my direction of …

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Nine Universities Win 100,000 Strong in the Americas Grants to Expand Study Abroad

Studying abroad just got easier. The Department of State announced on May 25 the nine universities selected to receive the latest round of 100,000 Strong in the Americas innovation grants. Since January, twenty three grants have been awarded to universities across the hemisphere. This round of grants, sponsored by Santander Universities, incentivizes universities to provide …

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