Washington, DC - South Sudan faces a critical moment in the journey toward a peaceful and prosperous future. There are now less than four weeks for political leaders to form a transitional government as they committed to in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. The United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway (the Troika) have consistently welcomed assurances by the parties to implement the agreement and meet its deadlines, and hoped that recent meetings between South Sudan’s leadership show a renewed spirit of cooperation. We commend the actions of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to broker the agreement and maintain momentum and take hope from the continued reduction in overall violence in South Sudan.

Washington, DC - The United States and Turkey announced an historic agreement putting an end to a week of hostilities in the border region of Syria:

Washington, DC - "I will soon be issuing an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria.  Likewise, the steel tariffs will be increased back up to 50 percent, the level prior to reduction in May.  The United States will also immediately stop negotiations, being led by the Department of Commerce, with respect to a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey.

Washington, DC - Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State: "On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I send congratulations to the people of Equatorial Guinea on the 51st anniversary of your independence.

Washington, DC - Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State: "On behalf of the American people and the Government of the United States of America, I send my best wishes to the people of Spain as you celebrate the Fiesta Nacional de España.

Washington, DC - Today, President Donald J. Trump is announcing that the Department of State has formally nominated Poland for entry into the Visa Waiver Program. This is an important step in continuing to increase economic, security, cultural, and people-to-people connections between our two nations. Now that Poland has been nominated, the Department of Homeland Security will take necessary action, as soon as possible, to assess Poland’s entry into the program.