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The Republic of Mauritius National Day

The United States and Mauritius have long enjoyed a strong bilateral relationship

On behalf of the United States of America, I extend my congratulations to the Mauritian people in recognition of the 52nd anniversary of your independence. The United States and Mauritius have long enjoyed a strong bilateral relationship. Our common dedication to democracy and our countries’ excellent cooperation in maritime security…

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The United States Sanctions Two Zimbabwean Officials for Human Rights Abuses

The Treasury Department removed sanctions on Ray Kaukonde, Shuvai Ben Mahofa, Sithokozile Mathuthu, and Naison Ndlovu

Today, the United States designated Anselem Sanyatwe and Owen Ncube for their role in human rights abuses related to political repression in Zimbabwe. These designations demonstrate continued U.S. commitment to promoting accountability for human rights abuses.  The State Department urges the Government of Zimbabwe to immediately end state-sponsored violence including against peaceful…

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United States to Provide $30.4 Million to Support Democratic Elections in Ethiopia

USAID and its partners will also strengthen the capacity of Ethiopian civil society organizations and political parties to respond to the needs of all Ethiopians more effectively

Today, the United States and the National Elections Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) signed a memorandum of understanding for a new $30.4 million program to support the upcoming national elections. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Sean Jones and NEBE Chairwoman Birtukan Midekssa jointly unveiled the new USAID…

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Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper travels to Mauritania, Algeria, and Tunisia

In Mauritania February 27-28, Assistant Secretary Cooper will join senior civilian and military officials from over 30 countries to observe Flintlock 2020

Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper travels to Mauritania, Algeria, and Tunisia February 27-March 4, 2020, to expand U.S. security cooperation and defense trade that enhances our shared security across Africa and the Maghreb. In Mauritania February 27-28, Assistant Secretary Cooper will join senior civilian and…

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United States of America and Ghana Partner to Improve Early Education Reading Skills

Key components of the Learning T2E program intervention is to make quality teaching and learning reading materials available

On February 21, 2020, Ghana’s Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh and USAID/Ghana Mission Director Sharon L. Cromer launched the end-line impact evaluation report for the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Early Grade Reading program.  The ceremony, hosted by the Minister at the Ministry of Education (MoE),…

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Troika Statement: Formation of South Sudan’s Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity

or the transitional period to be a success, a spirit of continuous collaboration, supported by the active, engaged, and free voices of citizens and civil society, must continue

The following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Norway. The Troika congratulates the people of South Sudan and the parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan…

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Ethiopian President Sahle-Work

The Secretary highlighted the importance of organizing free and fair elections in 2020 that are deemed credible by the Ethiopian people

Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Secretary Pompeo commended President Sahle-Work for her leadership in advancing landmark reforms and for her efforts to support women’s empowerment initiatives.…

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy

Secretary Pompeo thanked Prime Minister Abiy for his leadership in the Horn of Africa and for Ethiopia’s peacekeeping deployments to Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan

Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Secretary Pompeo reiterated the United States’ support for Ethiopia’s historic political and economic reforms and discussed opportunities for increased partnership.…

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Angolan President Lourenço

The Secretary welcomed continued political and economic reforms undertaken by President Lourenço since taking office in 2017

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Angolan President João Lourenço in Luanda, Angola. Secretary Pompeo and President Lourenço agreed to broaden and deepen the U.S.-Angola bilateral partnership. The Secretary welcomed continued political and economic reforms undertaken by President Lourenço…

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Troika Statement: Compromise essential to timely Formation of South Sudan’s Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity

With few days remaining until a power-sharing government is due to form, time has almost run out

The following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Norway. On February 8, Intergovernmental Authority on Development leaders met during the African Union summit to discuss the peace process in South Sudan.  The Troika recognizes the serious…