Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, please accept my best wishes as you and the people of Kiribati celebrate your National Day.

Washington, DC - The Department of State has designated al-Ashtar Brigades (AAB) – an Iran-backed terrorist group in Bahrain – as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Department has also designated AAB as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. The Department also designated two AAB-affiliated individuals (Ahmad Hasan Yusuf and Alsayed Murtadha Majeed Ramadhan Alawi, AKA Mortada Majid Al-Sanadi) as SDGTs in March 2017.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of The Bahamas on 45 years of independence.

Washington, DC - On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, we extend our best wishes to the people of the Republic of South Sudan on the seventh anniversary of their nation’s independence.

Washington, DC - We are saddened and disappointed by today’s court decision to proceed with charges against journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for their alleged violations of the Official Secrets Act.

Washington, DC - The United States welcomes Ukraine’s new Law on National Security, adopted by the Rada June 21 and signed by President Poroshenko July 5. The law is consistent with Western principles and provides a framework for increasing the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ NATO interoperability.