Secretary Pompeo To Deliver Remarks To The Media In The Press Briefing Room

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver remarks to the media TOMORROW, Monday, April 22 at 8:45 a.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State.

This event is open press coverage. Journalists who plan to cover this event in person must be seated in the Press Briefing Room by 8:30 a.m. The Press Briefing Room is accessible from the 23rd Street entrance of the Department.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), or (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization, or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist. Additionally, they must present an official government photo identification card (i.e., U.S. driver’s license or passport).

The event will be streamed live on www.state.gov.

For further information, please contact the Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492 or PAPressDuty@state.gov.

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Foreign Secretary Statement On Sri Lankan Attacks

The UK stands in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world and with the government and people of Sri Lanka, says Jeremy Hunt

Officials inspect the damaged St. Sebastian's Church after multiple explosions targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. Over 200 people were killed in the attacks, including several British nationals. (Photo by Chamila Karunarathne/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Officials inspect the damaged St. Sebastian’s Church after multiple explosions targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. Over 200 people were killed in the attacks, including several British nationals. (Photo by Chamila Karunarathne/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Speaking after the attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the horrifying attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka today, and the tragic news of more than 200 people killed, including several British nationals.

To target those gathered for the simple act of worship on Easter Sunday is unspeakably wicked. Everyone has a right to practice their faith in peace, safety and security but tragedies like this, and the one in Christchurch, remind us that there are some who hate these rights and freedoms.

These despicable acts were carried out at a time when millions of Christians celebrate Easter while living under the shadow of persecution. Many gather in churches at risk of attack; countless more will have suffered threats or discrimination.

The UK stands in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world and with the government and people of Sri Lanka. My prayers are with all the victims and their families.

Terrorist Attacks In Sri Lanka

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning. Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security.

The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wishes a quick recovery to all who were injured. While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several U.S. citizens were among those killed. The U.S. Embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families.

These vile attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat terrorism. We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they confront violent extremism and have offered our assistance as they work to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday to discuss key global priorities, including resolving the conflicts in Libya and Yemen and ensuring the security of critical infrastructure, including 5G. On Libya, the Secretary and Foreign Secretary reaffirmed their commitment to continue diplomatic efforts to achieve a freeze on the ground and a return to the political process. On Yemen, the two sides reiterated their support for UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and agreed that all parties must make good on the commitments they made in Sweden to allow the political process to move forward. The two reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the U.S.‑U.K. Special Relationship and cooperation in the face of major global challenges.

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With France’s Foreign Minister Le Drian

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Today (April 18, 2019), Secretary Michael R. Pompeo offered his condolences to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on the fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. The Secretary praised the quick response of Parisian firefighter and police units, which ensured that no lives were lost and that most of the irreplaceable artwork was saved. The Secretary affirmed that the United States was committed to helping France rebuild such a historic and iconic treasure and place of worship. Le Drian appreciated the Secretary’s call and has promised to keep the United States informed as to how we can best support France’s efforts.

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