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’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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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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