Mark Toner


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The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution.
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We encourage Somalia's new administration to take credible steps to stamp out corruption and to establish strong electoral institutions to enable a free and fair one-person, one-vote poll in 2020.

Yemen suffers most directly from the threat of AQAP and President Hadi has been a stalwart partner in the fight against AQAP and ISIS. We will continue to work with him and his representatives to ensure that this important partnership remains solid in order to ultimately eradicate AQAP/ISIS from Yemen. The United States conducts operations consistent with international law and in coordination with the government of Yemen. We will not relent in our mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy al Qaeda and ISIS.

The United States is deeply concerned about the Government of Romania's recent measures that undermine rule of law and weaken accountability for financial and corruption-related crimes.

When actions are taken that violate or are inconsistent with the resolution, we will act to hold Iran accountable and urge other countries to do so as well.

The Dissent Channel is a longstanding official vehicle for State Department employees to convey alternative views and perspectives on policy issues. This is an important process that the acting secretary, and the department as a whole, value and respect. It allows State employees to express divergent policy views candidly and privately to senior leadership.

As is standard with every transition, the outgoing administration, in coordination with the incoming one, requested all politically appointed officers submit letters of resignation. These positions are political appointments, and require the President to nominate and the Senate to confirm them in these roles. They are not career appointments but of limited term. Some will continue in the Foreign Service in other positions, and others will retire by choice or because they have exceeded the time limits of their grade in service.

Th?e United States remains committed to a political resolution to the Syrian crisis, which can bring about a more representative, peaceful, and united Syria, free of terrorism and extremism,?

We're mindful of course of some of the tensions that exist obviously between these Turkish supported forces and the YPG and other forces that we've been supporting in that area. That's the reason why we're working closely, having these discussions and trying to coordinate with them.

As we often make the case with our own naval vessels sailing ... in those same waters, it's freedom of navigation.

During their discussions, Department officials stressed the U.S.' unwavering commitment to a de-escalation of violence, the safe departure of Aleppo for all who want to leave, delivery of critical humanitarian aid and future inta-Syrian talks for a political solution to the crisis.

This action is a reprehensible and unacceptable breach of faith with the people of The Gambia and an egregious attempt to undermine a credible election process and remain in power illegitimately.

The people have spoken and it is time for Gambians to come together to ensure a peaceful transition to President-elect Barrow.

We saw, I think, a brief pause yesterday, but all too brief. There's been no consistent pause in the fighting that we have seen.

It's not a formal treaty and of course no one can prevent any other party to this agreement from walking away. The counterargument to that is why would anyone walk away, because it's effective.

The only snapback I'm aware of is obviously the snapback provision that allows us to put back in place very quickly nuclear-related sanctions.

What I can say about that is that that kind of transit is based on long-standing U.S. practice and it's consistent with the unofficial nature of our relations with Taiwan.

Frankly, the counterfeit visas were pretty poor quality.

This was a criminal, fraud operation masquerading as a fake U.S. embassy.

The basic challenge is the same. There's a moderate Syrian opposition that should not and does not deserve to be bombed into submission.

The agreement is valid only as long as all parties uphold it.

It's important to note that Iran made no effort to hide this, hide what it was doing from the IAEA.

Any suggestion that we rejected Russia's proposal to observe our elections is false. Individual parties – foreign governments, NGOs, etc. – are welcome to apply to state governments to observe our elections.

They're a sovereign nation and we're certainly not going to hold them back from pursuing closer relations with either of those countries... It's not a zero-sum game.

I don't think we see any violation of any U.S.-EU sanctions stemming from this deal.

We join recent calls by international organizations and UN human rights experts for the immediate release of all U.S. citizens unjustly detained in Iran, including Siamak and Baquer Namazi, so that they can return to their families.

We have continually raised the plight of all US citizens who we believe are unjustly detained by the Iranian authorities, and the Namazis are no exception. We are especially concerned about his father who has had some health issues and we believe should be released immediately.

This allegation is inaccurate and does not align with the facts.

This allegation is inaccurate and does not align with the facts. To be clear: the State Department did upgrade the document at the request of the FBI when we released it back in May 2015.

As has been reported, there have been discussions within the interagency on issues of classification. Classification is an art, not a science, and individuals with classification authority sometimes have different views. There can be applicable FOIA exemptions that are based on both classified and unclassified rules.

I don't know that I would expect any breakthroughs. I would just say that we're working to get this multilateral effort and approach to Syria up and running.

It's somewhat safe to assume that in a pull aside or a follow up with the appropriate people [the secretary] is going to raise the situation in Yemen. We are very concerned about what is happening there as well as what is happening in Syria.

We need to de-escalate obviously given the events of the past week and that is where the priority is right now.

What the Secretary has been pushing hard for is to get back … to a cessation of hostilities, a 72-hour cessation of hostilities which can at least then create some kind of climate where a political dialogue or a dialogue can begin again.

Kerry urged bin Salman to take "urgent steps to ensure such an incident does not happen again.

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack that took place today in Jerusalem.

It was part of those multilateral efforts now that are going to continue because we recognize they got to be part of the conversation.

It would be irresponsible for us, given what's happening in Aleppo, not to touch base with Foreign Minister Lavrov periodically.

Israelis have to choose between expanding settlements and a peaceful two-state solution with the Palestinians.

Proceeding with this new settlement is another step toward cementing a one-state reality of perpetual occupation that is fundamentally inconsistent with Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state.

Given these circumstances, the imposition of this prison sentence is particularly harsh and unjustified and we call on the government of Iran to provide Mohammadi with adequate medical care and to release her on humanitarian grounds.

America's ... partnership with the Philippines is ... based on a mutual foundation of shared values and that includes our shared belief in human rights and human dignity. President Duterte's comments are a significant departure from that tradition and we find them troubling.

They're a sovereign nation and we're certainly not going to hold them back from pursuing closer relations with either of those countries. ... It's not a zero-sum game.

The United states has a strong security presence in the Asia-Pacific region, but we're certainly not looking to start a military action against anyone.

What you would have as a result is just an escalation in what is already horrific fighting. Things could go from bad to much worse.

The International Syria Support Group meeting will be a very important signals check for members of this group to assess the agreement ... where we are and what next steps need to be taken and where we need to see more improvement.

I don't think that anyone in the U.S. government is necessarily taking at face value Russia's or certainly not the Syrian regime's commitment to this arrangement. I also think some of the comments from the Department of Defense were just about speaking to the fact that there's logistical challenges of setting up the JIC (joint center) and coordinating these airstrikes and that's going to require additional effort and additional time.

As part of the conversation they agreed to extend the cessation for another 48 hours.

This recommitment will initially be for 48 hours, and, provided it holds, the U.S. and Russia will discuss extensions, with the aim of achieving an indefinite extension to lower the violence.

These are difficult processes. The Russians have conditions they want to see met and addressed; we have our own. And in reaching our own consensus ... we continue to have those conversations. We're just not there yet.

The Russians have conditions they want to see met and addressed; we have our own. And in reaching our own consensus ... we continue to have those conversations. We're just not there yet.

Once we feel like we're closer to a settlement and a meeting would be valuable, then we'll have that meeting.

The FBI memo and Secretary Clinton's interview summary indicate that Secretary Clinton says she did not attempt to avoid FOIA.

We have concerns about the state of human rights in general in Bahrain and we're engaging with the government ... on all these issues.

We call on the government of Bahrain to release him immediately.

Words matter, and we want to see an atmosphere that is cordial and open to strong cooperation.

The State Department did not pay for or reimburse Ms. Abedin for this travel, which we understand she accepted in her personal capacity and not in the course of performing work related to her official duties as a Department employee.

There are no prohibitions against agency contacts with "political campaigns, nonprofits or foundations – including the Clinton Foundation. Meeting requests, recommendations and proposals come to the department through a variety of channels, both formal and informal.

We are continuing those discussions. We continue to make headway. We're not quite there yet.

The formal extradition request from Turkey was not related to the attempted coup earlier this year but was for other issues for which Gulen was being sought by authorities in Ankara.

We can confirm now that Turkey has requested the extradition of Mr. Gulen but I wouldn't characterise the request as relating to the coup attempt. In fact, they don't relate to the 2016 attempted coup. I don't other have further details to provide other than that.

I'd have to refer you frankly to the governments of Russia and Iran to speak to what happened, we're monitoring it closely, we continue to, it's not clear to us other than what we've seen in various press and public statements whether (Russia) their use of this airbase has definitively stopped, but we'll continue to watch it closely.

It's not helpful because ... it continues to complicate what is already a very dangerous situation.

As I understand it, it's not just supplying the Iranians certain weapons or certain offensive weaponry. It's more complex than that. Our lawyers are looking at it. We haven't made an assessment.

It speaks to a continuation of a pattern we've seen of Russia continuing to carry out air strikes, now with Iran's direct assistance, … that predominantly target moderate Syrian opposition forces.

It's absurd to think that United States was somehow complicit or anyway connected to the events of Friday. (…) This is a NATO ally is a partner is a democratically elected government it is a strong democracy we stand with and stood with Turkey during that crisis.

This is not an overnight process that's just not how these processes work, it is gonna take some time but we are going to standby the extradition treaty working in concordance with the extradition treaty.

The types of arrests and roundups that you cite have not gone unnoticed by us.

There are areas with regard to Syria and how to resolve the conflict on which we agree. While we have reached those overarching agreements, we have not seen the practical reality on the ground yet.

The two discussed progress on the continuing implementation of the (nuclear deal), including issues related to banking and relief of nuclear-related sanctions.

We understand their (Israel's) desire to protect their citizens and to send a message, but we would only urge that any measures that it takes be done with the consideration towards the many innocent Palestinians who are simply trying to go about their daily lives.

We're looking into them and trying to get more details on what happened.

We are in touch with the opposition and it is our expectation they will comply. In part it is a recognition that Aleppo is very complex and the fighting around there is indeed alarming. We need to start somewhere and we're going to start with Latakia and east Ghouta.

Obviously, these are the kind of organizations that USAID has and continues to fund. But not specifically to go after any particular government. We have no editorial control over their reporting. You know, they're allowed to and permitted to cover whatever they want.

Acknowledging that genocide or crimes against humanity have taken place in another country would not necessarily result in any particular legal obligation for the United States.

We are informing Congress today that we're not going to make that deadline. We certainly respect the deadlines that Congress lays down on specific reports, or in this case decisions about genocide. However, we also take the process very seriously. And so if we need additional time ... in order to reach a more fact-based, evidence-based decision, we're going to ... ask for extra time.

We obviously take seriously all such malicious activity in cyberspace. We are going to continue to use all the tools at our disposal to prevent, deter, detect, counter, and mitigate that kind of activity.

We also continue to aggressively apply our unilateral tools to counter threats from Iran's missile program.

We're aware of and following closely the reports that Iran has just conducted several ballistic missile tests.

We sincerely appreciate the assistance provided by the government of Iraq, and its whole-of-government effort to bring about the safe release of these individuals.

We have no reason to doubt that ... this individual was killed, executed. It exemplifies ... the brutality of the political climate in North Korea. This is ... par for the course in North Korea that you've got a leader who carries out purges.

The Syrian people are looking to this process and they need signs of hope that they are not destined to live in conflict indefinitely. There is an urgency to getting these talks started.

What's happened now, with the hitting of the humanitarian convoy, and with the subsequent siege on Aleppo, you've got a scenario now, a dynamic where as these moderate opposition forces are under real and increasing pressure by the regime, that they are driven more or less into the arms, they have to turn to Nusra (Front, referring to the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front) fight side by side. So, it just escalates and makes more confusing and more jumbled what is already a difficult situation.

We have seen enough that we don't want to definitively close the door yet.

We also continue to aggressively apply our unilateral tools to counter threats from Iran's missile programme.

This is violence instigated by Hamas. You know, as we said very clearly in our statement yesterday that we extend our sympathies to the victims, innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians that have been affected by this violence. But let's be very clear where the onus lies.

This ends a period of a lengthy litigation through the UK courts as well as to the courts of the European human rights and also speaks to the strength of the law enforcement relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Either (the interview) says that he has lost any power that he had within Syria, that he's either a tool or he's completely disconnected with reality.

I think that everybody involved is stunned by North Korea's provocative actions. I believe the president referred to it as 'outrageous', and that we are working, again, within an established framework with our partners so that we have a deliberate approach to this. We're not going to respond willy nilly.

We've got a broad mature relationship. As we've said many times it spans many issues: economic issues, trade and currency issues as well as human rights issues.

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