Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol

STEPHEN BIEGUN, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE Thank you, Ambassador Richmond, for the introduction. Good morning or evening to everyone participating from around the world, especially our distinguished speakers. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the landmark Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons in Palermo, Italy. The Protocol stands as proof of the tremendous achievements …

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Readout of 2020 U.S.-Georgia Bilateral Defense Consultations

The Department of Defense and the Georgian Ministry of Defense conducted Bilateral Defense Consultations by video teleconference today. The consultations were chaired by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper and the Georgian First Deputy Minister of Defense Lela Chikovani. The purpose of the consultations was to discuss bilateral security cooperation priorities, share information on …

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Joint Statement Calling for a Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the Republic of France on October 5, 2020. Begin text:  The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Secretary of …

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U.S. Mission OSCE: Call for Belarus to Uphold its OSCE Election-Related Commitments and Respect Human Rights

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this important meeting today. And it is an honor to be here with all of you. Earlier this week, I had the privilege of meeting in Vilnius with Belarusian opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. I was inspired by her courage and resolve to advocate for the Belarusian people in their …

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Confirmation of Reports on the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is deeply concerned by reported preliminary conclusions from German medical experts that Russian opposition activist Aleksey Navalny was poisoned. If the reports prove accurate, the United States supports the EU’s call for a comprehensive investigation and stands ready to assist in that effort. Mr. Navalny’s family and the Russian people deserve to see a full and transparent investigation carried out, …

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Designations of Iranian Human Rights Violators

On August 21, the U.S. Department of State announced visa restrictions on 14 Iranian individuals for their involvement in gross violations of human rights on behalf of the Iranian regime, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.  This action was taken pursuant to Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations …

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International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On this third annual International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, the United States stands with the victims of terrorism and their families. The pain and suffering caused by terrorism is a heavy burden that the American people know all too well. We honor the strength and resilience of terrorism victims …

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The United States Further Restricts Huawei Access to U.S. Technology

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Trump Administration sees Huawei for what it is – an arm of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) surveillance state – and we have taken action accordingly. Today, our government enacted several measures to protect U.S. national security, our citizens’ privacy, and the integrity of our 5G infrastructure from Beijing’s malign influence. The Department of …

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Inspector General Confirms No Wrongdoing in Emergency Arms Sales to Counter Iran

The Secretary’s “Emergency Certification Was Properly Executed” and “Complied with the Requirements” of Law    The State Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) has confirmed in a final report that the Department acted in complete accordance with the law and found no wrongdoing in the Administration’s exercise of emergency authorities available under the Arms Export Control …

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A huge step forward for women voters turns 100 [video]

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the  19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution , which granted American women — in effect, white women — the right to vote. While it took several more decades — and the civil rights movement — for all U.S. women to be legally allowed to vote, the 19th Amendment was a big …

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Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2020 (July 20)

Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2020 (July 20)   Today, our Nation celebrates the essential role that American space exploration plays in the history and character of our country.  We honor our brave astronauts and space industry professionals—both past and present—and we pledge to continue to lead the world in pioneering deeper into space, …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Shooting/Detention along South Ossetia Administrative Boundary Line (July 12)

U.S. Embassy Statement on Shooting/Detention along South Ossetia Administrative Boundary Line (July 12)   U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is alarmed and deeply troubled by reports that Russian-led security forces shot, wounded, and detained a Georgian citizen on July 11 near the village of Kvemo Chala, along the administrative boundary line of Russian-occupied South Ossetia. We condemn …

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Remarks by President Trump at the 2020 Salute to America (July 4)

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Joint statement by the facilitators to the political dialogue on the passage of amendments to the electoral system (June 29)

Joint statement by the facilitators to the political dialogue on the passage of amendments to the electoral system (June 29)   We warmly congratulate the Parliament of Georgia on today’s adoption of Constitutional amendments designed to increase parliamentary pluralism and allow for a more representative legislature. We recognize that these amendments reflect difficult compromises by …

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Statement on the Passage of Georgian Constitutional Reform (June 29)

Statement on the Passage of Georgian Constitutional Reform (June 29) By Morgan Ortagus Office of the Spokesperson The United States applauds Georgia’s historic adoption of constitutional amendments that establish a more proportional electoral system. Enacted as a result of the important March 8 agreement among a majority of political parties, they will help promote greater …

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President Trump orders police reforms (June 25)

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U.S. Embassy statement on the anniversary of June 20 events (June 20)

U.S. Embassy statement on the anniversary of June 20 events (June 20) June 20 marks one year since thousands marched on Rustaveli Avenue to protest Russia’s continued occupation of Georgian territory. As we mark this day, on which hundreds were injured, we stand with the Georgian people and their calls to end Russian aggression and …

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The United States Condemns Maduro’s Latest Step to Rig the Next Venezuelan Election (June 15)

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Briefing with Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker On the U.S.-Iraq Dialogue and Developments in Libya (June 11)

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Joint Statement on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue (June 11)

Joint Statement on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue (June 11)   The delegation of the Republic of Iraq, led by Senior Under Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdul-Karim Hashim Mostafa, and the delegation of the United States Government, led by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, held Strategic Dialogue discussions via …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability on the Release of the 2019 International Religious Freedom Report (June 10)

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Statement on continued ‘borderization’ activities along ABL, as well as disinformation campaign against Lugar Center

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Keeping the World Safe from Iran’s Nuclear Program (May 27)

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Freedom Online Coalition Statement on COVID-19 and Internet Freedom (May 27)

Freedom Online Coalition Statement on COVID-19 and Internet Freedom (May 27)   The Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) is a group of 31 countries deeply committed to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). We believe that the human rights and fundamental freedoms that individuals …

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U.S. leads world in intellectual property protection (May 21)

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U.S. faith-based groups fight COVID-19 worldwide (May 20)

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Countries Certified as Not Cooperating Fully With U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts (May 13)

Countries Certified as Not Cooperating Fully With U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts (May 13)   Yesterday, the Department of State notified Congress that Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Cuba were certified under Section 40A(a) of the Arms Export Control Act as “not cooperating fully” with U.S. counterterrorism efforts in 2019.  This is the first year that …

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Remarks by President Trump in a Press Briefing on COVID-19 Testing (May 11)

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Joint Statement on United States – Czech Republic Joint Declaration on 5G Security (May 6)

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Joint Statement from the Co-Chairs of the Special ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (April 26)

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USAID Statement on Development Agreement Amendments (April 24)

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This Week in Iran Policy (April 24)

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Iran’s History of Naval Provocations (April 22)

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50th Anniversary of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (April 22)

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Proclamation on Days Of Remembrance Of Victims Of The Holocaust, 2020 (April 17)

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UPDATE: The United States is Continuing to Lead the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19 (April 16)

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USAID Partnering with Enterprise Georgia to Combat COVID-19 (April 9)

USAID Partnering with Enterprise Georgia to Combat COVID-19 (April 9)   The U.S. Government, through USAID, announced that its Economic Security Program is supporting the production of packaging for nearly one million domestically manufactured medical masks to be distributed throughout Georgia.  A partnership between USAID, Enterprise Georgia, and private sector manufacturers, this activity is helping …

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This Week in Iran Policy (April 3)

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The United States Is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19 (March 27)

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Joint Statement on the so-called “Presidential Elections” held in Georgia’s Abkhazia Region (March 23)

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Joint Statement on Behalf of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on the First Anniversary of ISIS’s Territorial Defeat (March 23)

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The State Department Imposes Sanctions on Individual Responsible for the Violence in Northern Syria (March 17)

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Terrorist Designation of ISIS Leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla (March 17)

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This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)

This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)   “The United States calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release on humanitarian grounds all wrongfully detained Americans being held in Iran. The United States will hold the Iranian regime directly responsible for any American deaths. Our response will be decisive.” – Secretary Pompeo, Press …

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Human Rights Report for 2019

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Statement of the Political Dialogue Facilitators on Agreement (March 8)

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America Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for the Syria Crisis Response (March 3)

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Statement by United States Mission to the OSCE on Recent Attack in Chechen Republic, Russia, against Elena Milashina and Marina Dubrovina (March 2)

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Briefing With Senior Administration Officials On Next Steps Toward an Agreement on Bringing Peace to Afghanistan (February 29)

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This Week in Iran Policy (February 29)

This Week in Iran Policy   “The United [States] stands with the Iranian people.  We will continue to their support their voices.  These are people who are desperately eager to be heard in a free and fair election.” – Secretary Pompeo, Remarks, February 25, 2020 OPENING REMARKS BY SECRETARY POMPEO BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, FEBRUARY …

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Crimea is Ukraine (February 26)

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Next Steps Toward a U.S. Agreement with the Taliban (February 21)

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Iranian president begs voters to be regime’s ‘savior’ (February 20)

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Political Dialogue and Conviction of Opposition Leader (February 11)

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On President Trump’s State of the Union Address (February 4)

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U.S. and Israel agree to deepen cooperation in support of Georgia’s development (January 31)

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27)

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This Week in Iran Policy (January 25)

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This Week in Iran Policy, January 13–17 (January 17)

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U.S. sanctions target Iranian regime’s ‘brute squad’ (January 10)

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Iranian Strikes in Iraq (January 8)

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Statement after meeting in Washington (December 23)

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the sentencing of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashivili (December 20)

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This Week in Iran Policy (December 13)

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U.S. Embassy’s statement on supreme court nominees (December 12)

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International Human Rights Day 2019

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Statement in support of the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute (December 6)

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25)

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U.S. Embassy statement on Parliamentary vote on proportional elections (November 14)

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