Today’s (May 9, 2019) court ruling in Montenegro finding two Russian GRU officers guilty of attempted terrorism is a clear victory for the rule of law, laying bare Russia’s brazen attempt to undermine the sovereignty of an independent European nation. Since the thwarted Russian-backed coup attempt on Montenegro’s parliamentary election day in October 2016, Montenegro has taken important steps toward integrating with the Transatlantic family, most notably joining NATO in June 2017. The United States is proud to count Montenegro as an Ally and will continue to support Montenegro in its efforts to strengthen the rule of law, protect media freedom, and advance other reforms needed to join the European Union.
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On behalf of the American people, I offer best wishes and congratulations to all Israelis as you mark the 71st anniversary of Israel’s independence.
On this day, the friendship between the United States and Israel has never been stronger. As I said on my last visit to Israel, the alliance that Israel shares with the people of the United States is based on our shared values of liberty and democracy. Together, we will continue to work toward a safer, more stable, and more prosperous Middle East. I am filled with great pride in all that the United States and Israel have accomplished together over the course of the last 71 years, and particularly over the last year. We have worked closely together to counter Iranian aggression, enhance Israel’s relationships in the region, and foster even closer ties between our peoples. I am proud to affirm our continued support for Israel.
Yom Ha’atzmaut Sameach.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has engaged in an escalating series of threatening actions and statements in recent weeks. The response of the United States and our partners and allies has been clear: We do not seek war. But Iran’s forty years of killing American soldiers, attacking American facilities, and taking American hostages is a constant reminder that we must defend ourselves.
The regime in Tehran should understand that any attacks by them or their proxies of any identity against U.S. interests or citizens will be answered with a swift and decisive U.S. response. Our restraint to this point should not be mistaken by Iran for a lack of resolve. To date the regime’s default option has been violence, and we appeal to those in Tehran who see a path to a prosperous future through de-escalation to modify the regime’s behavior. As President Trump stated yesterday, he “looks forward to someday meeting with leaders of Iran in order to work out an agreement and, very importantly, taking steps to give Iran the future it deserves.”
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga in Washington to discuss our close alliance and cooperation on pressing regional and security issues. Secretary Pompeo and Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga reaffirmed our commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK, our mutual commitment to regional security, and to continue working closely together to address common challenges in the Indo-Pacific.
The United States strongly condemns the Taliban attack against Counterpart International, a U.S. nonprofit organization and USAID implementing partner in Kabul. The organization targeted yesterday runs programs that encourage dialogue on peace, increase youth participation, and improve opportunities for women. Its Afghan and international staff dedicate their lives in service to the Afghan people and a peaceful, inclusive future for their country. This violent attack is a senseless assault on the noble values that the organizations like Counterpart support, such as service to others, education, and inclusion. We commend the brave Afghan security forces who responded to the attack and acted quickly to save lives. We extend our condolences to the families of the deceased and our wishes for a fast recovery to those wounded, and call again for the Taliban to stop attacking civilians intentionally.