Iranian leaders and their European counterparts are scrambling to save the landmark nuclear deal as the Islamic Republic’s ruling regime teeters on the brink of collapse amid a severe financial crunch that has sparked popular protests across the country, according to multiple U.S. officials who told the Washington Free Beacon Europe is “poisoning” its relations with the Trump administration.
Key advocates pressing Turkey for the release of a U.S. pastor and several other U.S. diplomats are praising the Trump administration for refusing to negotiate with Ankara about U.S. sanctions relief even as they acknowledge an impasse in the efforts to win the Americans’ freedom.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Friday it will redirect $230 million in frozen funding away from Syria and had raised $300 million from coalition partners for recovery efforts in areas retaken from Islamic State militants in northeast Syria.
Human rights activists on both sides of the aisle are urging the Senate to swiftly confirm President Donald Trump’s choice for a key State Department post charged with promoting freedom and democracy and protecting persecuted minorities around the world.
The State Department is reconsidering an $850 million contract award for IED and bomb removal in hot spots around the world after a previous agency grant to the same company received new scrutiny just weeks into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s tenure.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a declaration Thursday encouraging the global community to stand up for religious freedom.
The Trump administration’s State Department is working to quash new legislation that would sanction international terror groups for using human shields, a battlefield tactic employed Hezbollah and Hamas, according to multiple U.S. officials familiar with the administration’s behind-the-scenes effort to nix the legislation.