Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the people of Tajikistan as you celebrate the 28th anniversary of your independence on September 9th.

Washington, DC - Friday, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan in Asunción, Paraguay, with President Mario Abdo Benítez.  He was joined by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump.  They discussed our shared interest in efforts to create economic opportunity, combat corruption, and build a strong, self-reliant Paraguay in support of regional national security.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the United States government and the American people, I offer my regards to the people of North Macedonia as you mark 28 years of independence.

Washington, DC - Secretary Michael R. Pompeo is publicly designating the former Speaker of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Nicolae Dragnea, due to his involvement in significant corruption.  This designation is made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2019 (Div. F, P.L. 116-6).  Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.

Washington, DC - The United States welcomes the news of the release of 35 Ukrainians held by Russia, in exchange for 35 prisoners held by Ukraine.  We have consistently called for the release of the 24 Ukrainian crewmembers detained by Russia following the November 2018 attack on Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait, as well as Oleh Sentsov and other political prisoners.  We welcome the announcement that they have returned home. 

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) is offering a reward of up to $15 million for information leading to the disruption of the financial mechanisms of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its branches, including the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF).  This includes seeking information on the IRGC’s illicit oil sales, including via oil tankers like the Adrian Darya.