Washington, DC - President Trump met briefly Thursday with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.  The President conveyed the U.S.'s commitment to Jordan's stability, security, and prosperity.  The President thanked the King for his leadership in promoting peace and stability in the region.  He highlighted Jordan's critical contributions to defeating ISIS and discussed the possibility of establishing safe zones in Syria. 

Washington, DC - Vice President Joe Biden met with President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci yesterday.

Washington, DC - Friday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced sanctions designations for 18 senior Syrian regime officials in response to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-United Nations (UN) Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) reports last year that confirmed the regime’s use of chlorine as a chemical weapon in 2014 and 2015 through an independent and neutral expert investigation.  This is the first time the United States is sanctioning specific Syrian officials in connection with Syria’s violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and UN Security Council Resolution 2118.

Washington, DC - The United States and Cuba will hold the third government-to-government meeting on claims in Havana, Cuba, on January 12, 2017. The U.S. delegation will be led by Brian Egan, the Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State. The meeting will allow the delegations to build upon previous discussions in Havana and Washington, DC, and to exchange views on technical details and methodologies regarding outstanding claims.

Washington, DC - Today, the Department of State imposed sanctions on an entity associated with Syria’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD)-capable ballistic missile program by designating the Organization for Technological Industries (OTI) under Executive Order 13382. E.O. 13382 targets the assets of WMD proliferators and their supporters in an effort to curb the spread of WMD and protect the U.S. financial system from being exploited by proliferators. Entities designated under E.O. 13382 are prohibited from engaging in transactions with any U.S. person and are subject to a U.S. asset freeze.

Washington, DC - The United States strongly condemns today’s suicide attack at security checkpoints in northern Sinai, which killed at least nine people and wounded dozens more. We express our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wish a quick recovery for the injured.