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Reward Offer For Information On Hizballah Key Leader Salman Raouf Salman

Salman Raouf Salman

Salman Raouf Salman

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $7 million for information leading to the identification or location of Salman Raouf Salman, also known as Samuel Salman El Reda, a key leader of Hizballah. Salman is most well-known for his prominent role in the July 18, 1994, bombing of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Aid Society (AMIA), a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which resulted in the deaths of 85 innocent civilians.

Salman is a leader of Hizballah’s External Security Organization (ESO), which is responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing Hizballah terrorist attacks around the globe. Not only does he direct and support Hizballah terrorist activities in the Western Hemisphere, he has been involved in plots worldwide.

Concurrently with today’s Rewards for Justice reward offer, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Salman as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order 13224. As a result of the designation, all of Salman’s assets that are based in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with him.

More information about these reward offers is located on the Rewards for Justice website atwww.rewardsforjustice.net. We encourage anyone with information on Salman Raouf Salman to contact the Rewards for Justice office via the website, e-mail to LH@rewardsforjustice.net, or the Regional Security Officer at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  All information will be kept strictly confidential.

The Rewards for Justice Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $150 million to more than 100 people who provided actionable information that helped bring terrorists to justice or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Rewards4Justice.

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Joint Statement From The 8th Philippines-United States Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD)

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines on the occasion of the July 15-16, 2019 U.S.-Philippines Bilateral Strategic Dialogue.

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The Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America held the Eighth Bilateral Strategic Dialogue from 15 to 16 July 2019 in Manila, Philippines.  Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo and Department of National Defense Undersecretary Cesar Yano co-led the Philippine delegation.  Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver co-led the U.S. delegation.

The Bilateral Strategic Dialogue is the principal forum for discussing the full range of political, security, and economic cooperation between the Philippines and the United States, comprising four working groups: 1) Defense and Security; 2) Economics, Development, and Prosperity; 3) Regional and Global Diplomatic Engagement; and, 4) Rule of Law and Law Enforcement.

The discussions between Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in March 2019 and the Joint Statement resulting from the meeting in Manila between President Rodrigo R. Duterte and President Donald J. Trump in November 2017 provided strategic direction to the Dialogue.

Both sides recognized the importance of a strong Philippines-U.S. alliance in enhancing security cooperation and promoting regional stability and prosperity.  They recalled Secretary Pompeo’s statements on the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) during his March 2019 visit to Manila, particularly the clarification that the South China Sea (SCS) is in the Pacific, and that any armed attack on Philippine armed forces, public vessels, or aircraft in the SCS will trigger Article IV of the Mutual Defense Treaty.  Noting this, senior officials discussed a wide variety of issues of mutual interest and reaffirmed their commitment to deepening the alliance and expanding areas of cooperation.

The Philippines and the United States pledged to enhance already robust defense cooperation, including by improving defense infrastructure, updating personnel and logistics procedures, and increasing mutual communication and coordination on operational elements of regional security.  In this context, both sides commit to begin planning on a range of activities to improve maritime domain awareness.

Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to uphold freedom of navigation, overflight, and other lawful uses of the SCS, and stressed the importance of peacefully resolving disputes in accordance with international law, as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention.  Both sides also emphasized the importance of concluding an effective and substantive Code of Conduct (COC) that would not prejudice the rights under international law of both claimant states and non-claimant states in the SCS.

The Philippines and the U.S. delegations reaffirmed their commitment to deepening the extensive economic relationship between the two countries and undertook substantive discussions on cooperating in areas such as science and technology, agriculture, fisheries, health, environment, energy, infrastructure, connectivity, and cyber security, among others.

The Philippines and the United States recognized the importance of the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), which has enabled both countries to make concrete and significant progress on outstanding bilateral trade issues.  They also look forward to further discussions under the TIFA mechanism, recalling statements of both countries’ leaders in support of increasing trade in a manner that observes the principles of free, fair, and reciprocal trade.

The Philippine and U.S. delegations emphasized the importance of the rule of law, human rights, and fundamental freedoms.  The senior officials pledged to continue working together to effectively eliminate human trafficking and in this regard, noted the Tier 1 ranking maintained by the Philippines in the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report.  Both sides committed to collaborate more closely on enhancing legal aid services as well as on countering transnational crimes such as human and drug trafficking.

The senior officials pledged to deepen their work to counter terrorism and violent extremism through improved information sharing, and port and aviation security, in order to prevent terrorist attacks within the Philippines, and the transit of foreign terrorist fighters into and within the Philippines.  In addition, both delegations committed to upholding international best practices to detect and combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

The United States acknowledged the importance of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific and recognized ASEAN centrality as integral to its Indo-Pacific Strategy.  Both sides committed to deepen their engagement with partners in the region based on inclusiveness, openness, rule of law, good governance, and respect for international law.

The Philippines expressed its appreciation to the United States for the return of the Bells of Balangiga in December 2018.  Their journey home reaffirmed the mutual respect and deep friendship between the two countries and their peoples. In support of the alliance, the United States announced a new “Philippines-U.S. Alliance Fellowship” for young Philippine scholars.  Both sides have taken steps to strengthen cultural exchanges between our two countries, including developing a joint pilot project to support teachers coming to the United States from the Philippines on the Exchange Visitors Program.

At the conclusion of the BSD, the Philippines and the United States signed the following:

  • Joint Statement on Higher Education Cooperation; and,
  • A Science and Technology Agreement.

The Philippines and the United States reaffirmed the importance of regular high-level consultations and the opportunity to have a common understanding of issues, and thus intend to convene the ninth BSD in Washington, D.C. in 2020 to continue these discussions in furtherance of forging an even stronger partnership under the Philippines-U.S. alliance.

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US Embassy In Greece Involved In Dirty Tricks Campaign

Campaign begins just ahead of the worldwide release of Bill White's upcoming book, WANTED

WANTED by Bill White

WANTED by Bill White

Dina Kousta, a ‘Security Investigator’ working for the US Government appears to be actively involved in what can only be described as a ‘dirty tricks’ campaign just ahead of the publication of Bill White’s book, WANTED.

Kousta, who is attached to the US Embassy in Athens Greece, travelled to Mykonos Greece, hoping to speak to members of White’s family, expecting to dig up dirt, it is assumed.

Unfortunately for Kousta, the family runs pretty deep with White.

Kousta contacted members of White’s family suggesting that she didn’t have any idea regarding the facts of the case but wanted to ask a few questions of family members, which could “help the matter”, questions Kousta claimed she had on a ‘piece of paper’ presumably supplied by the US Government.

Alerted to Kousta contacting two members of White’s family, White directed the reply.

“If you’d like to ask me questions, send them by email and I’ll meet with you”, was the reply sent to Kousta’s mobile number.

Kousta’s response was almost immediate, but no questions were received as requested.

White then sent a message directly to Kousta, welcoming any legitimate contact, but warned against ulterior motives. Either Kousta or someone else using her mobile phone started to type a reply but thought better of it.

For more information about WANTED by Bill White, contact WireNews.

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Assistant Secretary Of State For Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels To Spain And Portugal

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel to Madrid, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal, from July 15–19.  In both cities, the Assistant Secretary will observe U.S. consular operations and meet with foreign government counterparts to underscore our deep and sustained commitment to the protection of U.S. citizens overseas and the facilitation of legitimate travel to the United States.

For press inquiries, please contact CAPRESSREQUESTS@state.gov or (202) 485-6150.

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Iranian-Backed Houthis Sentencing 30 Political Prisoners To Death In Yemen

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The United States is seriously concerned by the Iranian-backed Houthis’ July 9 unjust sentencing of 30 political prisoners to death in Sana’a.  Among those sentenced were academics and political figures detained on unfounded, politically motivated charges.  Some of those sentenced have also allegedly been physically abused while in detention.  We urge the Iranian-backed Houthis to retract these sentences, treat detainees humanely, and cease arbitrary detentions.

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