Wishing Mr. Shota Kakulia great success when he attends the FBI’s National Academy in January!

Today, Ambassador Degnan, Legal Attaché Heather Bergey, and Resident Legal Advisors met and congratulated Mr. Kakulia on his selection, and discussed what he could expect at Quantico. The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for the U.S. and international law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. …

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U.S., NATO allies strengthen trans-Atlantic bond

By Michael Laff The U.S. and NATO stand united in the face of global aggression, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a November 30–December 2 trip to Europe. “It’s critical to our security,” Blinken said about NATO during the alliance’s ministerial in Riga, Latvia. “It’s built on shared values. It’s a  powerful force for stability  in Europe and North America.” …

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First woman leads SOUTHCOM

With her swearing-in on October 29, Army General Laura Richardson  became the first woman  to lead the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and only the third woman to lead one of the U.S. military’s 11 unified combatant commands. As commander, Richardson oversees U.S. military operations across South and Central America, in addition to the Caribbean. “We must hasten to pick …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at USAID Christmas Fair

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’m here at Dedaena park in Tbilisi on this beautiful day with almost a hundred entrepreneurs from all over Georgia for the USA ID holiday fair. I’ve been doing some early Christmas shopping from all of the beautiful products that are on sale here made by businesses, many …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Adventure Tourism School Event in Sighnaghi

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan:  I’m really delighted to be here today at Lost Ridge in Signaghi for the launch of a wonderful new program that is designed to encourage young people, especially young women, to start a career in adventure tourism field. When you come to Georgia and you see the fantastic natural …

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ISIS Attacks in Iraq

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply concerned by the continued escalation of ISIS attacks throughout Iraq, including the attack yesterday in Makhmour district that took the lives of 10 Peshmerga and three civilians.  We offer our condolences to the families of those killed and injured in these attacks.  The United States reaffirms …

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On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities PRESS STATEMENT

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On December 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United States remains steadfast in our commitment and resolve to advance the human rights of persons with disabilities at home and around the world.  We urge foreign governments to engage persons with disabilities in the democratic process, to combat discrimination and abuse, counter prejudice, and to protect their rights …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at UN Women Meeting on Enhancing Access To Justice for Sexual Violence Victims

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a very important meeting to raise awareness about the crime of sexual violence and rape against women and children and girls, and to raise awareness about the grave widespread human rights violation that this represents around the world, including in Georgia. The goal is to harmonize …

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Commemorating World AIDS Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE This World AIDS Day, the United States recognizes continued progress in the global AIDS response as well as the serious threat HIV remains to global health and global health security. Over nearly two decades, strong bipartisan U.S. leadership across Administrations and from Congress has helped move the global HIV …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Amcham Roundtable

Q-n about Mikheil Saakashvili attending his trial for the first time:  do you foresee political retaliation during/after this process? Ambassador Kelly Degnan: We are very glad that Mr. Saakashvili’s condition allows him to attend today.  He is stabilized and he is able to attend his hearing. The United States as well as others called for …

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International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON On November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Day, the United States commemorates the work of women human rights defenders: all women and girls who work for human rights, all people who defend the rights of women and girls, and all people who defend the rights to be free from …

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Observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) is a human rights imperative and one this Administration is committed to championing.  Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, GBV impeded women and girls’ free and full participation in society.  The pandemic has only exacerbated existing gender inequities, including increasing women’s economic insecurity; …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the USAID Zrda Closing Event

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan: I’m really delighted to be here today to celebrate the successes that have come with the USAID Zrda Program. Over five years this has been a program that’s focused on supporting the resilience of Georgia’s rural communities, especially along the Administrative Boundary Line. This program has created good jobs …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Comments at the Women in Law Enforcement Conference

Ambassador Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here for the graduation of the week-long Women in Law Enforcement conference here in Georgia. This conference brings together American and Georgian law enforcement professionals to improve capacities, build capabilities, and explore more leadership opportunities for women in law enforcement. Police officers here in Georgia are playing a …

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Treatment of Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We are closely following the treatment of former President Mikheil Saakashvili since his arrest on October 1.  We commend the oversight work of the Georgian Public Defender in establishing an independent medical team to evaluate Mr. Saakashvili’s health and to review the state of medical facilities at the prison hospital.  We …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Catapult Georgia Venture Capital Fund Announcement

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very excited to be here tonight to lay the foundation for Catapult Georgia – the first Silicon Valley venture capital fund in Georgia. Catapult Georgia is a dedicated venture fund up to $50 million focused on high growth, tech and innovation companies in Georgia. The aim is to …

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Maj. General David H. Tabor, Commander of Special Operations Command Europe arrived to Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia – Maj. General David H. Tabor, Commander of Special Operations Command Europe, arrived in Tbilisi today for meetings with Georgian senior military leaders to discuss ongoing training opportunities and implementation of the Resistance Operating Concept here in Georgia. As steadfast partners, Special Operations Command Europe and Georgia’s Special Operations Forces have trained together, …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at USS Mount Whitney and USS Porter Arrival Reception

Question about ship visit Ambassador Degnan: We are very, very pleased and I’m honored to welcome the crews of the USS Porter, the United States Navy destroyer, and the USS Mount Whitney, which is the United States Navy flagship for the Sixth Fleet. Mount Whitney was here in 2008 September, actually in Poti, bringing much-needed …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan Paid Her Respects to the Victims of the Collapsed Building in Batumi

On her first visit to Batumi since the October 8 tragedy, Ambassador Degnan laid flowers on behalf of the American people at the site where nine people died in an apartment building collapse. The Embassy community continues to extend its heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died and to the community of Batumi.

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U.S. Defense Institute for International Legal Studies Discusses New Defense Code with Georgian Ministry of Defense

Members of Parliament’s Defense and Security Committee, Georgia’s Ministry of Defense legal team, Georgian Defense Forces General Staff, Georgian National Guard, and Georgian Special Operations Forces met virtually with the U.S. Defense Institute for International Legal Studies on Monday and Wednesday (the 1st and 2rd of November, respectively) to discuss Georgia’s new defense code.  The focus …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Ministry of Health

Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very important meeting with Minister Tikaradze and First Deputy Minister Gabunia. We are all very concerned about the very high rates of COVID here in Georgia. And of course, I’m watching carefully to see what can be done to bring those case levels down, but more …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Media Engagement on the Sidelines of Tbilisi Photo Festival

Q-n on the event Ambassador Degnan:  I’m very pleased to be here tonight at the opening of the Tbilisi Photo Festival. The United States Embassy is supporting this really stunning photography exhibit of Georgian American and European photographers over the last century. I think it’s worth coming here and spending some time to really absorb …

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US Embassy INL donates videoconference equipment to the Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

The Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) continued its support to the Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs through a donation of video conferencing equipment, enhancing its capacities to provide training to all law enforcement officers around Georgia through its online platform. This timely implement, beyond delivering information, services and …

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Joint Press Conference with Secretary of Defense Austin and Minister of Defense Buchuladze

Secretary Austin: Good Afternoon everyone and thank you for joining us. Let me start by thanking Minister Burchuladze for hosting me and for extending such a warm welcome on my first visit to Georgia as Secretary of Defense. I wanted to be in person here today because the United States values Georgia as a strong …

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Proclamation on the Death of General Colin Powell

General Colin Powell was a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity.  The son of immigrants, born in New York City, raised in Harlem and the South Bronx, a graduate of the City College of New York, he rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and to advise four Presidents.  He believed in the …

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How 8 U.S. diplomats fought the 2014 Ebola epidemic

During the Ebola epidemic in West Africa seven years ago, eight U.S. diplomats worked tirelessly for two years to save lives from the deadly virus. On October 13, the U.S. Department of State honored Ambassadors Deborah Malac, John Hoover, Alexander Laskaris, and Dr. Gary Penner, Kathleen FitzGibbon, Ervin Massinga, Sheila Paskman and Dr. Gregory Martin …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Comments at the Arrival of United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

We’re very honored to have Secretary of Defense Austin visiting us today.  His visit is a sign of the continued close cooperation between the United States and Georgia.  Our security cooperation continues—it’s one of the topics we will discuss during the meetings later today—what more the United States and Georgia can do together to increase …

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Secretary Austin Travels to Europe

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III departs on a trip this weekend to visit Georgia, Ukraine, and Romania and participate in the NATO Defense Ministerial in Belgium. The Department of Defense steadfastly supports its European Allies and partners in the face of Russia’s destabilizing actions in the critical Black Sea region, and the Secretary …

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U.S. Leads Effort to Press Russia on Chemical Weapons Use at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Executive Council Meeting

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON Today in The Hague, the United States and 44 other countries submitted questions to the Russian Federation regarding the poisoning of Mr. Aleksey Navalny on Russian soil last year.  The presentation of these questions coincides with the Ninety-Eighth Session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council, a 41-member policy-making body charged …

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Ambassador’s Remarks to Media After Visiting Precinct #54 in Gldani

Question about general assessment of the election process Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan: I’m here in Gldani as an election observer. This is one of several precincts that I’ve been able to come and observe during the course of the day. I’m happy to say that the ones that I’ve been to see have been calm. …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Media Interaction at the USAID-Supported Kombucha Production Facility in Kharapila

Q-n about the opening of Kombucha production facility Ambassador Degnan: It is wonderful to be here today for the opening of this state-of-the-art production facility. We were here little over a year ago for the groundbreaking, and despite COVID, entrepreneurs behind this Kombucha factory started this new business in Kharapila near the Administrative Boundary Line. …

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Wreath Laying Ceremony commemorating day of fall of Sokhumi

Sokhumi fell to Russian-backed forces 28 years ago today. This grave tragedy resulted in thousands losing their lives and hundreds of thousands forced from their homes. We remember this day with sorrow and with the hope that remains in the hearts of so many internally displaced people. To mark this anniversary and pay tribute to …

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U.S. will donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses worldwide

The United States will ship an additional 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to countries around the world and form new partnerships to accelerate the recovery from COVID-19, President Biden announced September 22. “The good news is, we know how to beat this pandemic: vaccines, public health measures, and collective action,”  Biden said at a global COVID-19 summit  convened virtually on the …

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On the Death of ISIS-GS Leader Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahrawi

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States welcomes the announcement from our partner and ally France that its troops killed Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahrawi.  We commend France’s continued commitment to countering terrorism and protecting civilians in West Africa in coordination with our African partners. As the leader of ISIS in the Greater Sahara, Walid Al-Sahrawi bears responsibility for the violence that has taken the lives of countless civilians and military personnel in the Sahel, including the …

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Commemorating the International Day of Democracy 

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On this International Day of Democracy, we underscore our support for democracy as we strive toward a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable world. The United States places democracy and human rights at the center of our foreign policy; they are essential elements in achieving and sustaining peace and stability the world …

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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Afghanistan

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE As part of our commitment to the people of Afghanistan, the United States is providing nearly $64 million in new humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.  This brings total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly …

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20th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Attacks

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, we honor the nearly 3,000 men, women, and children we lost in New York City, Arlington, and Shanksville on that horrific day. Every one of those individuals was someone’s child, someone’s friend. And the loss of every single one …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Ministry of Defense Following Virtual Meeting Between Minister Burchuladze and the Honorable Jim Locher

I want to thank Minister Burchuladze and the Ministry of Defense for hosting this very important event on Organizational Change Management with Dr. Jim Locher. Dr. Locher has had a distinguished career at the White House, the Pentagon, and in Congress, and is an international expert on Organizational Change Management. The United States and Georgia …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Parliament’s First Reading of Post-April 19 Agreement Constitutional Amendments

Parliament’s failure today to approve the Constitutional amendment aimed at ensuring broad, multi-party support for an impartial Prosecutor General is another missed opportunity to increase the independence, transparency, and integrity of Georgia’s judiciary. The proposed change in the appointment process was recommended for Georgia by the Venice Commission, an international body of legal experts, in …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of the American Culture Center

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a fantastic new initiative, the American Culture Center that was launched today and designed to bring together Americans and Georgians, and show how much we have in common, how many initiatives we are doing together, and to look for new opportunities to continue this strong partnership. We are delighted to be able to …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Closing Ceremony of the Georgian Deployment Program

Major General Matiashvili, General King and Sergeant Major McDonald, Soldiers of the Georgian Defense Forces, and United States Marines. It is a great honor for me to be here today for the closing ceremony of the Georgia Deployment Program. The dedication of the Georgian Ministry of Defense and the Georgian Defense Forces is the main …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at FBI Law Enforcement Crisis Management Training

I’m very pleased to be here today for the conclusion of three-day training practicing crisis management. This was an opportunity to bring together Georgian and the United States law enforcement agencies to practice coordination for responding to a crisis. We all know that crises like natural disasters, or violent criminal incidents, or pandemics can come …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Federated States …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Media Message at Georgian Defense Readiness Program Graduation

This graduation today is another great example of the strong partnership between the United States and Georgia. The Georgian Defense Readiness Program has trained nine Georgian battalions the past three years. United States Army Europe and the Ministry of Defense designed and executed this training program together at Georgia’s request to improve Georgia’s combat readiness, …

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U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) handed over a hemodialysis machine to the Kutaisi Regional Clinical Center

On August 26th, the U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) handed over a hemodialysis machine to the Kutaisi O.Chkhobadze Regional Clinical Center of Regional Healthcare Center of Georgia. This $25,000 apparatus will be used to treat patients with kidney complications from COVID-19. The donation was funded through USEUCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance efforts for the Government of …

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On Today’s Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today’s bombings around the Kabul airport were a devastating reminder of the dangerous conditions in which our servicemembers and diplomats are operating as we conclude the United States’ 20-year military mission in Afghanistan. As the President said, the servicemembers who were killed and wounded today are heroes. They put …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Afghanistan

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  I’d like to give you all an update on the situation in Afghanistan and our ongoing efforts there, particularly as they relate to U.S. citizens, and then I’m very happy to take your questions. Let me begin with my profound appreciation for our diplomats and service …

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Ukraine National Day – 30 Years of Independence

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the United States of America, I send best wishes to the people of Ukraine as you celebrate your Independence Day. Thirty years ago, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada made the bold choice for Ukraine to chart a new course as an independent, democratic, and sovereign state grounded in …

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On International Day Commemorating Survivors of Religious Persecution

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the International Day Commemorating Survivors of Religious Persecution, we recognize that individuals around the world are harassed, threatened, beaten, imprisoned, and killed for exercising their beliefs.  In some cases, governments have used COVID-19 as a pretext to target members of religious groups, members of civil society, opposition voices, and marginalized communities.  This day serves as …

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Statement by Secretary Antony Blinken On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day

On World Humanitarian Day, we recognize and honor all of the humanitarian aid workers who have sacrificed so much – including, for too many of them, their lives — to answer the call to protect and support the world’s most vulnerable populations. We commend the bravery and compassion of humanitarian aid workers who put the …

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Joint Statement from the Department of State and Department of Defense: Update on Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the text of a joint statement released by the Department of State and Department of Defense on Afghanistan. Begin text: At present we are completing a series of steps to secure the Hamid Karzai International Airport to enable the safe departure of U.S. and allied personnel from Afghanistan via civilian and military …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the text of a joint statement on Afghanistan initially released by the following: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federated States of …

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How Russia’s ‘foreign agents’ law silences dissent

Harassment and censorship of independent media and government critics is common in the Russian Federation. A so-called “foreign agents” law, passed in 2012 and repeatedly expanded, allows the Justice Ministry to label groups or individuals “foreign agents,” exposing them to fines and harassment that stymie their work. In July, Russian authorities prosecuted  human rights advocate Semyon Simonov , who exposed …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks to media in Samtskhe-Javakheti

Q-n: What is the purpose of the visit? Why after 2 years, as I remember, since you became Ambassador of the USA to Georgia, and only now you have come to Samtskhe-Javakheti, to Javakheti in particular?  Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am delighted to be able to visit Samtskhe-Javakheti. My first year, of course, because of Covid, I was …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Belarus

One year ago today, the people of Belarus sought to make their voices heard and shape their own future through that most basic expression of democracy—an election. Rather than respect the clear will of the Belarusian people, the Lukashenka regime perpetrated election fraud, followed by a brutal campaign of repression to stifle dissent. From detaining …

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Holding the Lukashenka Regime to Account on the Anniversary of the Fraudulent Presidential Belarusian Election

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the one-year anniversary of Belarus’s fraudulent presidential election, the United States government has taken decisive action against forty-four individuals and entities in order to hold Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his regime to account for its continued, violent repression of Belarusians inside and outside the country.  These steps are a further consequence …

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23rd Commemoration of the August 7th U.S. Embassy Bombings

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today we somberly remember the terror attacks that took place on August 7, 1998, in Kenya and Tanzania.  Nearly simultaneously, terrorists detonated bombs next to the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.  Their attacks killed 224 men, women, and children, and injured over 4,500 others.  In an …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Concluding Ceremony of Agile Spirit 2021

Q-n about today’s event and the importance of this exercise for interoperability and defense capabilities. Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very honored to be here today for the successful conclusion of Agile Spirit 2021 military exercise. This is an important example of the shared values that Georgia has with its NATO allies and friends. We had …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of Georgia’s First Criminal Evidence Storage Facility

This is why we have exchange programs! Following a trip to the United States to learn more about evidence management, representatives from the Prosecution Service of Georgia built a modern evidence storage facility. This will improve the chain of custody of evidence in criminal cases according to international standards, bolstering public trust in the justice …

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Remarks by President Biden on Fighting the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  Last week, I laid out what we need to do to beat the COVID-19 vi- — pandemic and the challenges posed by the Delta variant. This is a very different variant than what we’ve dealt with previously.  It’s highly transmissible, and it’s causing a new wave of cases.  It accounts for …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Media Engagement at the Agile Spirit Paratroopers’ Jump Exercises at Vaziani

Ambassador Degnan: This is a very exciting event today to watch the paratroopers. Georgia, the United States, the U.K., Poland – many NATO partners and Allies jumped today here in Georgia on this gorgeous day. This is also a very important event as it demonstrates that our forces are ready, they are interoperable, and they …

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Imposing Sanctions in Defense of Human Rights in Syria

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is taking action to promote accountability for entities and individuals that have perpetuated the suffering of the Syrian people.  The United States is sanctioning eight Syrian prisons, five Assad regime officials in the institutions that run those facilities, two militia groups, and two militia …

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Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Refugee Convention

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention.  At this time of historic global forced displacement, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have exacerbated the challenges refugees face, making the international commitments in the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol more vital than ever.  We are committed to …

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Protests in Iran

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Protests in Iran that began with a water shortage — owing to drought and governmental mismanagement and neglect — in the Khuzestan province have now spread across various cities including Tehran, Karaj and Tabriz. The Iranian people are now putting a spotlight not only on their unmet needs, but also their …

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Escalation of Violence along International Border between Armenia and Azerbaijan

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States condemns the recent escalation of violence along the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.  We call on Armenia and Azerbaijan to uphold their ceasefire commitments by taking immediate steps to de-escalate the situation. Continued tensions along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border underscore the fact that only a comprehensive resolution that …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks per Meeting the Public Defender Nino Lomjaria

Q-n: the question about the meeting and the topics discussed. Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very good opportunity to talk with the Public Defender and her team about some important human rights issues that Georgia is facing today. The Public Defender’s Office plays such an important role in any democracy, but I think particularly …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks per Meeting with Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze

Q-n about the topics discussed at the meeting with Minister Tikaradze and the vaccination process in Georgia Ambassador Kelly Degnan: The United States is very pleased to be able to donate COVID vaccines to help the people of Georgia. My meeting today with Minister Tikaradze was to discuss the logistics.  It is quite complicated, and we …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at 100 Women Entrepreneurs’ Fair by USAID YES-Georgia

Ambassador Degnan: It’s really wonderful to be here today with 100 female entrepreneurs from all over Georgia. Many of them have been supported by USAID, the United States Embassy, with our private partner Crystal Micro Finance, to help with financing, training, professional mentorship, so that they could get their businesses going and the United States …

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Recent Judicial Appointments in Georgia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply troubled by the Georgian Parliament’s July 12 approval of six Supreme Court nominees, in contravention of the April 19 agreement between ruling and opposition party representatives. Mediated by the EU and the United States under the auspices of European Council President Charles Michel, the April 19 …

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Department Press Briefing

2:11 p.m. EDT MR PRICE: Good afternoon. QUESTION: Good afternoon. MR PRICE: All right. Happy Tuesday, everyone. Just a couple things here at the top. I wanted to start with developments in our own hemisphere. As you know, President Biden and Secretary Blinken have made human rights central to our foreign policy, and I would like to address …

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U.S. Leadership on Human Rights and Ending Systemic Racism

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE This Administration is deeply dedicated to addressing racial injustice and inequities at home and abroad. On the global stage, the United States is leading by example. Last month, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report on racism and police brutality against Africans and people of African …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to the Media at Launch of Georgian Tourism Industry Alliance

Q: about the event Ambassador Degnan: This is a wonderful initiative that brings together tourism associations to share their best practices, make a stronger voice, and work together to reinvigorate Georgia’s tourism industry. This is such an important part of Georgia’s economy and this initiative, I think, will play a role in helping to stimulate …

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Message on the 26th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Today marks 26 years since the genocide in Srebrenica.  The American people join the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina in solemn remembrance of the over 8,000 victims who were murdered. We stand with the families of those who lost their loved ones and with those who tirelessly seek justice in their …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Berry Forum in Naruja

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very pleased to be here for the Guria Berry Forum. This is a very promising sector for Georgia’s agricultural development, and USAID is very pleased for supporting this. Blueberries, in particular, have seen remarkable increase in their value just in a last two years, up to 4 million dollars in …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Auto School highlighting USAID Yes-Georgia activity’s success

Nino Chanishvili’s auto school in Ozurgeti is a notable example of how the United States provides targeted assistance to Georgians in communities across the country. As a beneficiary of @USAIDGeorgia’s entrepreneurship support program which provides financing and training to women across Georgia, Nino has built a successful business and plans to expand by adding more …

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Opening English language lab for Batumi Maritime Academy

English language skills are essential for professionals working with international partners. This is especially true for service members participating in joint and multinational exercises. That’s why the United States helped establish English language labs in Poti and Batumi, which has trained members of the Georgia Coast Guard since 2011. Today we were happy to help …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan welcomes home Georgia’s 32nd infantry battalion

Congratulations to Georgia’s 32nd infantry battalion on their safe return home. This is a historic moment that marks the end of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission. In total, 7,078 Georgian soldiers trained and deployed side by side with U.S. Marines over the past seven years. It has been an honor for U.S. service members to …

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Fight for a world without human trafficking

In 2020, as governments focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, human traffickers found new ways to perpetrate their crimes, a new State Department report says. Traffickers targeted vulnerable families with fraudulent offers that led to exploitation. And more time online left some more vulnerable to trafficking. Meanwhile, lockdowns and social distancing requirements limited victims’ access to …

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Remarks by President Biden on the COVID-19 Response and the Vaccination Program

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everyone.  I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend. As I said in my Independence Day address to the nation, we’re closer than ever to declaring our independence from this deadly virus. Today, after receiving a briefing from my entire COVID-19 team, I’m proud to announce that …

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Joint Statement on violence in Tbilisi

Joint Statement of the Embassies of Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, the European Union Monitoring Mission, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, UN system in Georgia, the United States, and the EU Delegation to Georgia concerning violence in Tbilisi We condemn today’s violent attacks on the civic activists, …

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Ambassador Degnan meets with human rights advocates

The United States continues to support the Government of Georgia and members of civil society in upholding their commitment to protecting the human rights of all citizens. Georgia’s Constitution and laws guarantee every citizen the right to equality and dignity and to freely develop their personality, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Ambassador …

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Remarks by President Biden Celebrating Independence Day and Independence from COVID-19

7:30 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Today — today we celebrate America — (applause) — our freedom, our liberty, our independence.  The Fourth of July is a sacred day in our country — a day of history, of hope, remembrance and resolve, of promise and possibilities. Before me stands monuments of the greatest and the goodness …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remark about the 4th of July

Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very proud to be able to celebrate America’s 245th Independence Day with some of our Georgian friends and colleagues. Unfortunately, we were not able to do the usual big party at the Embassy because of COVID, but I hope we will be able to do that next year. July 4th is …

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Release of the 2021 Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Report

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Women are a powerful force for peace and essential partners in advancing international security.  The United States has long championed the safe, meaningful participation of women in our diplomatic, development, and defense efforts.  As underscored by the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act of 2017 and our support of …

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Ambassador Degnan at Breadfield Bakery Opening in Lotchini Gorge

As Georgia’s restaurant industry grows, it creates demand for more locally sourced food products and creates jobs producing, processing, delivering, and serving those products. The Breadfield commercial bakery in Lotchini Gorge is one such company benefiting from international investment and U.S. business partnerships. The company supplies buns to McDonalds’ restaurants in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Digital Education Closure Event

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the conclusion of a ten-month program designed to modernize teaching methods through digitalization. This is a part of $1.5 million program that the United States supports for 300 different projects around Georgia that are designed and implemented by alumni of our …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks at the McDonald’s Bread Factory Opening Ceremony

Q-n: We want to know more about this project and [about] the importance of this project. Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am really delighted to be here for the opening of the McDonald’s bread factory. This is a great example of a combination of American best business practices and Georgian ingenuity and commitment to high quality products. …

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U.S. Support for the People of Syria

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Yesterday, I was honored to co-host with Italy a productive meeting on Syria, during which I reiterated the imperative of ensuring that vital humanitarian assistance reaches all Syrians in need.  I underscored the importance of reauthorizing and expanding the ability of the United Nations to provide this life-saving assistance to the Syrian people across borders — a …

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The Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS

At the Global Coalition Ministerial in Rome on June 28, the U.S. Department of State wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the Coalition and its goals. The 83-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS has worked diligently since 2014 to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands. The Coalition’s combined efforts have …

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we recognize the bravery and humanity of victims and survivors of torture around the world.  The absolute prohibition of torture is a human right enshrined in international law.  Since its inception in 1987, 171 countries—including the United States—have become …

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U.S.-EU-Canada: Joint Statement on Venezuela

The following statement was released by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau. Begin text: We remain deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and its regional and global impact. The peaceful solution to that …

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US Government donated oxygen-generating factory to the Central Republican Hospital in Tbilisi

Ending the global COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority for the American people and the U.S. government. To date, the United States has provided more than $9 million in new assistance to Georgia to mitigate the impact of this disease, as well as committing to share vaccine. Through the Office of Defense Cooperation, the U.S. …

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Biden: U.S. will donate 500 million vaccine doses for global COVID-19 fight

The United States is purchasing a half a billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to nearly 100 developing countries around the world through COVAX. President Biden announced the “monumental commitment by the American people” on June 10, saying the donation lays the foundation for democratic nations’ sustained efforts to rid the world of COVID-19. “We’re …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks per Meeting Justice Minister Rati Bregadze

Q-n about the main topics of the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a great opportunity to congratulate minister Bregadze on his appointment as a Minister of Justice and to hear about his priorities. We, the United States, have been working with Georgia on developing its judicial system, including its criminal justice system, for over …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at ISFED Event

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today with Nino Dolidze of ISFED and the German Ambassador, representatives from civil society, from political parties, from public institutions to discuss the role of social media in Georgia’s coming elections in the electoral cycle. These local elections in October are the …

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Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

MR. ZIENTS:  Good morning, and thanks for joining us.  We’re joined by Drs. Fauci, Walensky, and Murthy, who I will turn to in a few moments. First, today, I want to report on the progress we are making in our fight to end the pandemic, specifically as it relates to the President’s goals for July …

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Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will join Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio in co-hosting a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on June 28 to discuss efforts in the campaign to achieve the enduring defeat of ISIS. Ministers will discuss ways to …

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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Allocation Plan for 55 Million Doses to be Shared Globally

These doses are the remaining part of the 80 million President Biden pledged to allocate by the end of June Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing the distribution list for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s own vaccine supply President Biden has pledged to allocate by the end of June in service …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on World Refugee Day

Today, I join people around the globe in commemorating World Refugee Day, a day when we recognize the courage and humanity of the millions forced to flee violence, persecution, and war. It is also a moment to honor the generosity of communities welcoming refugees and the bravery and dedication of humanitarian workers who provide life-saving …

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Commemorating World Refugee Day 2021

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE World Refugee Day presents an opportunity to recognize the courage and resilience of the millions of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes, the generosity of the communities that host them, and the united global response of humanitarian partners that help them.  We mark today with news …

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In Commemoration of Juneteenth

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Juneteenth, or June 19, is a reflective day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery. Yet it wasn’t until two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, that his notice of …

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International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States has long been committed to the prevention of, and accountability for, conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) as well as efforts to support and protect survivors. On this International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the United States proudly stands with the global community in …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Solidarity Walk Dedicated to World Refugee Day

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: It is a real honor to be here today to join with this community in recognizing World Refugee Day. The United States is the largest single provider of humanitarian assistance in the world to refugees, displaced persons, persons affected by conflict and related categories. Just here in Georgia, …

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Remarks by President Biden at Signing of the Juneteenth National Independence Day

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, thank you, thank you.   Well, thank you, Madam Vice President.   One hundred and fifty-six years ago — one hundred and fifty-six years — June 19th, 1865 — John, thanks for being here — a major general of the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation …

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10th Anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks the tenth anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). These principles recognize a three-pronged approach to protecting human rights in the context of business activity: States have the duty to protect human …

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Attack on Hospital in Afrin, Syria

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We condemn in the strongest terms yesterday’s attacks on the al Shifaa Hospital in Afrin, Syria. This barbaric attack took the lives of children, medical staff, and first responders. Civilians and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, must never be the target of military action. Additionally, we note that this hospital’s coordinates have …

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United States Welcomes Actions by Armenia and Azerbaijan

The United States welcomes the release by Azerbaijan of 15 Armenian detainees and their return to their families in Armenia. We also welcome Armenia’s decision to provide Azerbaijan with important information that will facilitate humanitarian demining and avoid future casualties. We are grateful to Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the Government of Georgia for the …

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World Day Against Child Labor

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Child labor harms the physical and mental development of children, depriving them of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity. For their future and for the world’s future, we must do more to combat child labor and protect children from this scourge. June 12 is the World Day Against Child Labor, …

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A Proclamation on Flag Day And National Flag Week, 2021

In the midst of a revolution, less than a year after declaring our independence, the Congress consecrated what would become an enduring emblem of American unity by adopting a national flag on June 14, 1777. In the 244 years since, the United States has grown and changed across the generations — and our flag has …

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U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation Donation to Veteran’s Hospital

The U.S. Government, through its Office of Defense Cooperation, donated $267,000 in ultrasound, video-endoscopy and cardiology equipment to the Georgian Veterans’ Clinical Hospital, which will enable the facility to provide better medical services to the population, and specialized treatment for veterans. This donation was part of more than $500,000 in funding from U.S. EUCOM, provided …

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FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Historic Vaccine Donation: Half a Billion Pfizer Vaccines to the World’s Lowest-Income Nations

500 million life-saving vaccines to be delivered by June of next year, including 200 million to be delivered by the end of 2021 Donation will serve as the foundation for a coordinated effort by the world’s democracies to vaccinate people around the world   Today, President Biden will announce that the United States will purchase …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at San Diego State University Commencement

Congratulations to the San Diego State University–Georgia graduates of the classes of 2020 and 2021, who received dual degrees accredited by the United States and Georgia! They will go on to work in critical STEM fields such as civil and construction engineering, computer and electrical engineering, chemistry, and computer science. In today’s skill-based economy, these …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker and Ambassador Sterling met Georgian Officials

  The United States remains steadfast in our commitment to our strategic partnership with Georgia and to Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. Today, Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker and Ambassador Adam Sterling, Civilian Deputy and Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. European Command, discussed Georgia’s Western integration with …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker and Ambassador Sterling’s Meeting at Ministry of Defense of Georgia

The Department of Defense and Department of State work closely together to support the strategic partnership with Georgia. Ambassador Adam Sterling, Civilian Deputy and Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. European Command, joined the delegation visiting Tbilisi this week led by Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker. Ambassador Sterling reiterated in meetings …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker discusses COVID-19 support with Think Tank Consultative Group

  This week President Biden announced that the United States will share COVID-19 vaccines with Georgia, because none of us are safe until all of us are safe. Georgia, Ukraine, and Kosovo are the first three European countries to receive vaccines from the United States, based on regional priorities and partnerships. The United States is …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker’s Meeting with Civil Society Representatives and International Partners

The U.S. government respects the role of civil society organizations in strengthening democracy in Georgia. Today, Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker had lunch with a group of civil society representatives and international partners to discuss the important contributions of these organizations in supporting electoral and judicial reform efforts. He stressed …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker’s Meeting with Advocates for Media Freedom in Georgia

Threats to media freedom not only interfere with the rights of journalists, but with the rights of the public to access information. Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker arrived in Tbilisi last night, beginning a one-week visit to Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. This morning, he met with advocates for media freedom …

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Statement by President Joe Biden Recognizing the 40th Year of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Forty years ago today, five young men in Los Angeles were confirmed as the first known patients stricken with an illness that the world would later come to know as AIDS. In the decades since, more than 700,000 Americans and 32.7 million people worldwide have been lost to AIDS-related illnesses – a heartbreaking human toll …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker’s Travel to Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia

Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia; Baku, Azerbaijan; and Yerevan, Armenia June 6-13 to advance bilateral and regional priorities and to express U.S. support for democratic and economic development across the region.     Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker will meet in Georgia with government, opposition, and civil …

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On the 32nd Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.  Named after the nearby Gate of Heavenly Peace, the square is instead synonymous with the brutal actions by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1989 to silence tens of thousands of individuals advocating to have a …

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Shaheen Visits Georgia with Portman to Meet with Government Officials & Promote Implementation of Democracy Reforms

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation SFRC Subcommittee, joined Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) in Georgia as the final stop of their bipartisan congressional delegation in Eastern Europe. They met with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Foreign Minister David …

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Shaheen, Portman, Murphy Conclude CODEL to Eastern Europe

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation SFRC Subcommittee, and U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today concluded their trip to Eastern Europe. They traveled to Lithuania, Ukraine and Georgia to reaffirm U.S. commitment to …

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United States announces worldwide vaccine donations

The United States has promised to send a projected 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to other nations. On June 3, President Biden announced how the first 25 million will be distributed. In his statement, the president said that at least 75% of the vaccines will go to COVAX — the  international partnership  working to distribute vaccines to …

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U.S. Administration Unveils Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, Announcing Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses to be Shared Globally

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Unveils Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, Announcing Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses to be Shared Globally As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Global Vaccine Distribution

As the United States continues our efforts to get every eligible American vaccinated and fight COVID-19 here at home, we also recognize that ending this pandemic means ending it everywhere. As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable. And the United States is committed to …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at PITA Closing Ceremony

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very pleased to be here today with the state minister and the deputy public defender to celebrate the successful conclusion of USAID’s PITA program: Promoting Integrity, Tolerance and Awareness. Over the past six years, this USAID program has been implemented by the UN association in Georgia to integrate all of Georgia’s society …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at SIlknet-SAS Partnership Program Signing Ceremony

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today to join in celebrating the new partnership agreement between Silknet and SAS, a leading Georgian company and one of the most important American companies in digital analytics. This partnership agreement brings together Georgia and the United states to work in an innovative new sector: …

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Shaheen, Portman & Murphy to Meet with Belarusian Opposition Leader on CODEL to Eastern Europe, Including Stops in Ukraine & Georgia

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation SFRC Subcommittee, announced that she will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation with U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to Eastern Europe next week to reaffirm U.S. commitment to …

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Georgia’s National Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Georgia as you celebrate your Independence Day. The United States and Georgia enjoy a strategic partnership that is based on shared values.  In the year ahead, we look forward to supporting Georgia as …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Diversion of Ryanair Flight and Arrest of Journalist in Belarus

Belarus’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight, traveling between two member states of the European Union, and subsequent removal and arrest of Raman Pratasevich, a Belarusian journalist traveling abroad, are a direct affront to international norms. The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms both the diversion of the plane and the subsequent …

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Biden: U.S. will be ‘arsenal of vaccines’ for the world

In April, the Biden-Harris administration pledged 60 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to other nations. Now, on May 17,  President Biden announced a donation  of 20 million more. It’s part of an expanding U.S. push to end the global pandemic. The additional vaccines, produced by U.S. manufacturers Pfizer, Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, bring to 80 million the total number …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the margins of the Arctic Council Ministerial.  The Secretary noted that the United States sought a more stable and predictable relationship with Moscow.  To that end, Secretary Blinken …

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DCM Rian Harris opened newly renovated science classroom at Prezeti’s Akhaldaba Public School

Science, technology, engineering, and math education challenges children’s critical thinking skills and prepares them for 21st century careers. Georgians with strong skills in these areas will be able to launch new businesses and help grow the economy. Today Deputy Chief of Mission Rian Harris helped celebrate the renovation of the science classroom at Prezeti’s Akhaldaba …

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U.S. defends religious freedom, a universal right

The United States is committed to defending religious freedom around the world, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said. “Religious freedom, like every human right, is universal,” Blinken said May 12, announcing the release of the State Department’s  2020 Report on International Religious Freedom . “All people, everywhere, are entitled to it no matter where they live, what they believe, …

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Ambassador Degnan’s visit to Kakheti Domestic Violence shelter

Ambassador Degnan visited Kakheti Domestic Violence shelter, a small, family-equipped facility, which was fully renovated through U.S. Government funding from the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and the Bureau of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics. Prior to its opening in 2016 there was no such institution in Kakheti.  Ambassador Degnan and Deputy …

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Remarks by President Biden on the COVID-19 Response and the Vaccination Program

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon.  There are three things I want to speak briefly today with you all about: the new — new milestone in our progress against COVID-19 here at home, steps we’re taking to fight COVID internationally, and an important tax cut for families with children under the age of 18.  And that’s where …

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On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE This year’s May 17 marks 16 years since the first International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). In the intervening period, the United States has endeavored to reaffirm the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons. To be …

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A Proclamation on Armed Forces Day, 2021

On Armed Forces Day, we honor and offer our profound appreciation and gratitude to the patriots who are serving in our Nation’s Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, and Coast Guard.  Their professionalism and unwavering dedication to supporting and defending our Constitution has been vital in allowing our democracy to flourish, safeguarding peace …

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DCM Rian Harris Addresses Students at Tbilisi’s NATO-EU Center

Today, the U.S. Embassy’s Rian Harris joined State Minister Tea Akhvlediani in reaffirming that Georgia’s western aspirations is an inclusive project that benefits all Georgian people, including those from occupied regions and non-Georgian-speaking minority groups.  Deputy Chief of Mission Harris and Minister Akhvlediani welcomed students from Georgia’s occupied territories to the Tbilisi NATO-EU Information  Center, …

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Ambassador Degnan visits dairy farm in Eniseli village

The United States supports Georgians who are bringing new techniques and technologies to their farms to make their products safer, healthier, and more profitable. With the help of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, Meri Bachakashvili improved her dairy farm and livestock feed production. Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited her farm in Eniseli Village to see …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan opened American Shelf in Kvareli

More than 130 years ago, Ilia Chavchavadze wrote: “If God wills the United States to fulfill its wish for the sake of humankind, it would be a great example for Europe.” Today Ambassador Degnan visited the city where Chavchavadze was born and told students at Kvareli School #1 that today it is Georgia’s wish for …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken on Release of the 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

MR PRICE:  Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today.  I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to introduce Secretary Blinken, who will speak to the Department’s  International Religious Freedom Report .  We will then hear from Office of International Religious Freedom senior official Dan Nadel, who will be happy to take your questions on this year’s report. …

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On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE I extend my warmest wishes to all Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr. On this Eid al-Fitr, we reflect on the values of charity, community, cooperation, and compassion, and, in the face of a global pandemic, we honor the Muslims worldwide who came …

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USS Hamilton visits Batumi

Ambassador Degnan traveled to Batumi to welcome U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton’s crew to Georgia.  Ambassador Degnan and Captain Cronin met with Georgian government leaders and gave them a tour of Hamilton.  Before arriving in Batumi, the crew of Hamilton trained underway with the Georgian Coast Guard for two days, improving readiness and interoperability.  This visit is another symbol of …

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Ambassador’s transcript on the sidelines of the Zugdidi American Corner reopening

Q-n about the purpose of the visit to Zugdidi  Ambassador Degnan: I am really delighted to be in Zugdidi today to celebrate expansion of the Zugdidi American Corner.  This is an important development in our long standing partnership with the city of Zugdidi. We opened this American Corner fourteen years ago, because this is the …

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Meet the Burmese American who led NASA’s flight on Mars

MiMi Aung is no stranger to historic firsts. She was raised in Burma, where her mother was the first woman in the country to earn a doctorate in mathematics. On April 19, Aung served as team lead for NASA’s first helicopter flight on Mars. It “was an incredible moment,”   Aung said of Ingenuity’s 39-second flight , which is drawing comparisons to …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Armenian Remembrance Day

Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring. Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by Ottoman authorities, one and a half million Armenians …

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Additional Civilian Assistance to Afghanistan

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE President Biden was clear that while the United States will withdraw military forces from Afghanistan, our support for the country will continue.  As part of our commitment to invest in and support the Afghan people, we are working with Congress to provide nearly $300 million in additional civilian assistance for Afghanistan in 2021 from …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Human Rights Defenders

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:‎ Advancing the Administration’s commitment to put human rights at the heart of U.S. foreign policy, Secretary Blinken met today with eight human rights defenders who work around the globe.  The Secretary reaffirmed the United States’ support for their efforts to build free, equitable, and democratic societies where …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Signing of the April 19 Political Agreement

The United States welcomes the agreement reached by the parties today, under the auspices of European Union President Michel’s mediation, to bring an end to Georgia’s political crisis. This agreement required difficult compromises by all sides. Above all, it required political courage and a commitment to the people of Georgia to continue the hard work …

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Russia’s Intention To Restrict Navigation in Parts of the Black Sea

The United States expresses its deep concern over Russia’s plans to block foreign naval ships and state vessels in parts of the Black Sea, including near occupied Crimea and the Kerch Strait. Russia has a history of taking aggressive actions against Ukrainian vessels and impeding access to Ukraine’s ports in the Sea of Azov, impacting …

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Nations support U.S. holding Russia to account

The United States is imposing consequences on the Russian government for cyber intrusions, attempted election interference and other “reckless” conduct against the United States and its allies. More than 20 countries issued statements expressing solidarity with or support for the United States. President Biden in an April 15  executive order  strengthening sanctions authority called Russia’s behavior — …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Signing of the 19 April Political Agreement

” I am very pleased to be with all of you this evening after six long, hard months of work. As I have said many times before, and I will say again tonight: the United States is committed to Georgia’s success as a stable, prosperous democracy. You all have shown real political courage throughout this …

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Joint statement of the Spokespersons of the EU High Representative/Vice-President and of the US Department of State on the EU mediation

After nearly six months of negotiations, the citizens of Georgia have made clear that they want the political crisis to end, and for all elected Members to work together in Parliament and address the serious challenges facing the country, including the regional challenges, COVID, and the economic crisis. With this in mind, the European Union …

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Remarks by President Biden on Russia

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, folks.  Thanks for coming over. Good afternoon, everyone.  Earlier this week, I spoke with President Putin of Russia about the nature of our relationship — the relationship between our two countries.  And I was candid and respectful; the conversation was candid and respectful. Two great powers with significant responsibility for global stability.  …

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Holding Russia To Account

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections. We have engaged Russian authorities to share our concerns about their actions and the steps we are …

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Ambassador’s remarks to media at Agriculture panel discussion in Udabno

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Udabno (April 12) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I think we have seen that Georgia has a lot to offer the tourism sector in general, especially in the rural communities and in agro-tourism in particular, and I think this is a wonderful example of it. The …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation Along Ukraine’s Borders

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Attack on Formula TV Employees

The U.S. Embassy condemns the attacks on Formula TV employees last night, including an assault and an act of vandalism. This follows the beating of Formula journalist Vakho Sanaia in February. We urge the authorities to conduct swift, thorough and impartial investigations into these incidents. Attacks against journalists are unacceptable. Journalists in a democracy must …

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Biden is committed to NASA’s Artemis program for the moon and beyond

President Biden is committed to NASA’s multilateral mission to return to the moon and send astronauts to Mars. “Through the Artemis program, the United States government will work with industry and international partners to send astronauts to the surface of the moon,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said February 4, announcing the Biden administration’s …

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Joint Statement on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue

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This was an excellent opportunity to discuss the importance of diversifying Georgia’s energy market.  Georgia’s energy security is so important, but it depends on having a diverse and well-developed energy market.  I think there needs to be good dialogue with communities that are impacted by different energy projects, and that is the basis for one …

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THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everyone.  I just visited a vaccination clinic in Virginia, at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. The seminary and other houses of worship in the area are partnering with the community health centers to offer vaccination and vaccination sites.  They’re seeing these kinds of partnerships where — and not just …

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The United States is working with international partners to defend human rights worldwide as authoritarian regimes step up repression amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Standing for people’s freedom and dignity honors America’s most sacred values,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said March 30, announcing the release of the  2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices . “At our best, we stand for …

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By Noelani Kirschner Diplomat Barbara Watson achieved historic firsts during her time at the State Department. But firsts were familiar in her family. Watson was the child of New York’s first elected Black judge, James S. Watson, and Violet Lopez Watson, a founder of the National Council of Negro Women. Watson’s cousin Colin L. Powell …

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ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY BLINKEN:  (In progress) and thank you, Dr. Ballour, both for the lifesaving service you performed for your fellow Syrians amidst the most harrowing circumstances, and for your powerful, determined efforts to bring the experiences of the Syrian people to the world – and to push for their rights …

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MR PRICE:  Good afternoon, everyone.  I apologize we’re running a couple minutes late here but thank you for joining us as we discuss tomorrow’s virtual meeting of the foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group.  The meeting, as you know, will be co-hosted by Secretary Blinken and his Belgian counterpart, Deputy …

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Joint Statement by Secretary Blinken and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Borrell

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Senators Shaheen & Johnson Reaffirm Bipartisan Commitment in Congress in Support of Georgia’s Democracy

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Testimony by Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent

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Statement by President Biden on Turkey’s Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Efforts to Combat Systemic Racism

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Statement by President Biden on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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Nowruz Message

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the State Department, I would like to extend my best wishes for a Happy Nowruz to everyone around the world who celebrates this festive occasion: from the people in Iran and the Middle East, to Europe, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Americas. Marking …

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Nord Stream 2 and Potential Sanctionable Activity

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE As the President has said, Nord Stream 2 is a bad deal — for Germany, for Ukraine, and for our Central and Eastern European allies and partners.  The Department is tracking efforts to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and is evaluating information regarding entities that appear to be …

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Joint Statement on Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan

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Remarks by President Biden on the Anniversary of the COVID-19 Shutdown

East Room 8:01 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, my fellow Americans. Tonight, I’d like to talk to you about where we are as we mark one year since everything stopped because of this pandemic. A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked. Denials for days, …

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The 10th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Ten years ago, Japan suffered unimaginable tragedy following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident on March 11, 2011. The United States stands in solidarity with Japan to remember those lost and still missing, and to honor the resilience of the Japanese people who rebuilt their homes, their livelihoods, and their …

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Designation of Iranian Officials Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, we made clear our concerns about the abuses the Iranian government continues to perpetrate against its citizens, including the unjust detention of far too many in deplorable conditions.  The United States is committed to promoting accountability for those responsible for such actions.  Therefore, I am announcing the designation of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) interrogators Ali Hemmatian and …

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ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MS FOTOVAT:  Good morning.  My name is Kat Fotovat, and I am the senior official for the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues here at the State Department.  It is my pleasure to welcome both our in-person and virtual audience to the 15th Annual Secretary of State’s International Women …

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ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Every year on March 8th, the United States joins the world in recognizing International Women’s Day by celebrating the leadership, strength, and courage of women and girls. The United States recognizes the reality that the equitable participation of women in social, political, and economic life is critical to the …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at University of Georgia

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U.S. Embassy donates supplies to State Laboratory of Agriculture

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Meet 6 women pioneers of American diplomacy

The United States has been sending diplomats around the world since the 18th century. For the last 100 years women diplomats have been among them. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has emphasized that diversity and inclusion is a priority of the Biden administration. “Diversity and inclusion make us stronger, smarter, more creative and more …

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The United States will embrace its role as a world leader and rally international partners to take on pressing global challenges. In his first major speech, March 3, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration’s foreign policy will reflect American values, including a commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of …

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Remarks by President Biden in a Call to Congratulate the NASA JPL Perseverance Team on the Successful Mars Landing

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World Wildlife Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On this World Wildlife Day, we recognize the importance of the world’s forests, which are home to 80 percent of the globe’s terrestrial biodiversity and contribute to the livelihoods of over one billion people.  They also absorb nearly a third of all the planet-warming carbon dioxide emitted globally each …

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Imposing Sanctions on Russia for the Poisoning and Imprisonment of Aleksey Navalny

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States joins the European Union in condemning and responding to the Russian Federation’s use of a chemical weapon in the attempted assassination of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny in August 2020 and his subsequent imprisonment in January 2021.  We share the EU’s concerns regarding Russia’s deepening authoritarianism and …

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Women in politics: A timeline

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60th Anniversary of the Peace Corps 

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we mark the 60th anniversary of the United States Peace Corps and celebrate the volunteers and staff who have served in communities around the world, representing American values and ideals.  Established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps showcases America at its best and the …

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Six remarkable women honored posthumously

By  Lenore T. Adkins The National Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted six trailblazing Black women into its unique sisterhood, recognizing their contributions at the Seneca Falls, New York, birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. Its new Virtual Induction Series  celebrates underrepresented women of achievement. It does this by posthumously recognizing marginalized women who were overlooked during their lifetimes or died before …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Emergency Use Authorization of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

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Arrest of Opposition Members in Georgia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply troubled by the arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia and other members of the opposition in Georgia. Polarizing rhetoric, force and aggression are not the solution to Georgia’s political differences. We call on all sides to avoid actions that could further escalate tensions and to engage …

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Remarks by President Biden at Pfizer Manufacturing Site

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The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF S TATE On January 20, on his first day in office, President Biden signed the instrument to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States officially becomes a Party again today. The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented framework for global action. We know because we helped …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Nika Melia

The U.S. Embassy appreciates the restraint shown by the authorities and the opposition in responding to the events surrounding the Melia case. It is imperative that all those involved commit to de-escalating the current tensions so that a way forward can be agreed upon. The United States remains willing to help facilitate constructive dialogue in …

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Political Developments in Georgia

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply concerned by recent political developments in Georgia. We call on all parties to exercise restraint and avoid any actions or rhetoric that could escalate tensions or result in violence. We urge the Georgian government to act in line with its Euro-Atlantic aspirations and to reinforce its commitment to the principles of …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the UN Security Council Briefing on COVID-19 and Vaccine Access

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Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Cases of Ebola

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Rocket Attacks in Erbil

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE We are outraged by today’s rocket attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Initial reports indicate that the attacks killed one civilian contractor and injured several members of the Coalition, including one American service member and several American contractors. We express our condolences to the loved ones of the civilian …

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Advancing America’s long tradition of welcoming refugees

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Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

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U.S. Decision to Reengage with the UN Human Rights Council

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Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Former Secretary George Shultz

Few people did as much to shape the trajectory of American diplomacy and American influence in the 20th century as George Shultz. He was a gentleman of honor and ideas, dedicated to public service and respectful debate, even into his 100th year on Earth. That’s why multiple presidents, of both political parties, sought his counsel. …

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Statement on the Death of Secretary George Shultz

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE George Shultz was a legend. As Secretary of State, he helped achieve the greatest geopolitical feat of the age: a peaceful end to the Cold War. He negotiated landmark arms control agreements with the Soviet Union and, after leaving office, continued to fight for a world free of nuclear weapons. He also urged serious action on the climate crisis at a time when too few leaders took that position. He was a visionary. An ardent champion of diplomacy, Secretary Shultz …

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Observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States in recent years has joined the international community on February 6 in observing the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). The United States remains committed to ending this egregious human rights abuse and supporting survivors of FGM/C, both at home and around the world. According to the United …

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Opening Ceremony of the Georgia Defense Readiness Program (GDRP) at Vaziani Military Base

On February 5, 2021, Brigadier General Joni Tatunashvili presided over the opening ceremony of the Georgia Defense Readiness Program (GDRP) at Vaziani Training Area.  GDRP, a three-month training, and readiness program, which includes unit-level training and live-fire exercises, will prepare the Georgian 22nd Infantry Battalion to conduct wartime missions in defense of their nation and …

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Biden: We will solve global challenges together

President Biden is vowing to strengthen America’s international relationships and tackle global challenges with the help of other nations. In a major foreign policy speech, Biden said the United States will work with the international community to tackle global challenges like the  COVID-19 pandemic  and  climate change , and to advance freedom and dignity for people around the world. “America’s …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

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Biden sets course for new ‘fair, safe and orderly’ immigration system

President Biden signed three executive orders February 2 to reform the United States’ immigration system. These actions follow the  January 20 executive order  to end discriminatory immigration bans that affected a small group of countries, including some African and Muslim-majority countries. “This is about how America is safer, stronger, more prosperous when we have a fair, orderly, and humane, …

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On the Extension of the New START Treaty with the Russian Federation

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE President Biden pledged to keep the American people safe from nuclear threats by restoring U.S. leadership on arms control and nonproliferation. Today, the United States took the first step toward making good on that pledge when it extended the  New START Treaty  with the Russian Federation for five years. Extending the New START Treaty ensures we have verifiable …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media Prior to Speaker Talakvadze’s Annual Report Presentation

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Gamarjoba, happy to be here at the start of a new year. I think we all know that this is going to be a challenging year for all of our countries. We are looking forward to continuing our close cooperation with Georgia – the government, civil society, the …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Parliament’s Decision not to Terminate Mandates

Parliament’s decision not to terminate the mandates of opposition MPs is a positive step. It gives party leaders the opportunity to continue negotiating to find a solution in the coming days to the political impasse. I urge all party leaders to consider the full range of substantive proposals under discussion in the ongoing dialogue and …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Maro Makashvili Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center

The Maro Makashvili Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani highlights more than just the bilateral relationship between the United States and Georgia. It exemplifies the commitment, courage, and vigilance of partners who train, fight, and serve together. Saluting our partner soldiers and especially their wounded warriors.

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The Sentencing of Russian Opposition Figure Aleksey Navalny

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is deeply concerned by Russian authorities’ decision to sentence opposition figure Aleksey Navalny to two years and eight months imprisonment, replacing his suspended sentence with jail time. Like every Russian citizen, Mr. Navalny is entitled to the rights provided in the Russian constitution, and Russia has international obligations to respect equality before the …

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Statement by President Joe Biden On Black History Month

This February, during Black History Month, I call on the American people to honor the history and achievements of Black Americans and to reflect on the centuries of struggle that have brought us to this time of reckoning, redemption, and hope. We have never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation that …

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National Freedom Day: Deepening Our Resolve to Fight Human Trafficking

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks National Freedom Day, a day that commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the joint resolution that established the Constitution’s 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in the United States.  It is a day when, thanks to the decades-long push of Richard R. Wright and his fellow civil rights advocates, we commemorate our dedication to the …

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Attacks on Civilians in Syria

The United States condemns the terrorist attacks this past weekend in Azaz, al-Bab, and Afrin that resulted in the deaths of at least 20 civilians, including children.  We extend our sincere condolences to the families of civilians killed and wish a quick recovery to those wounded in these despicable and senseless acts of violence. The …

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Biden takes bold steps to fight climate change

On January 20, his first day in office, President Biden signed papers to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. On January 27, he issued an executive order deepening  America’s commitment to combat the climate crisis . “We can’t wait any longer,” Biden said before signing the order. “We see it with our own eyes, we feel it, we know …

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Biden bolsters U.S. support for COVID-19 vaccinations abroad

By Leigh Hartman The United States is joining international efforts to ensure COVID-19 vaccines and treatments reach countries around the world. President Biden on January 21 directed the U.S. government to join the  COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility . The international initiative seeks to ensure equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines and fairly distribute 2 billion doses of vaccine by the end …

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Meet America’s new secretary of state: Antony Blinken

By Leigh Hartman For Antony Blinken, America’s new top diplomat, returning to the U.S. Department of State brings the opportunity to continue both professional and family traditions. Blinken, whom the U.S. Senate confirmed as secretary of state January 26, will lead the State Department, where he served during the Clinton and Obama administrations. His career in public …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Arrest and Detention of Alexey Navalny

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United …

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Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Brownlee And CDC Director for Global Migration and Quarantine Cetron On New COVID Testin

Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Ian Brownlee And CDC Director for Global Migration and Quarantine Marty Cetron On New COVID Testing Requirements for International Travelers   IAN G. BROWNLEE, ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRS MARTY CETRON, CDC DIRECTOR FOR GLOBAL MIGRATION AND QUARANTINE VIA TELECONFERENCE MR PRICE: Good afternoon, everyone. …

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Biden prioritizes U.S. support for global COVID-19 response

By Leigh Hartman President Biden’s top priority is ridding the world of the COVID-19 pandemic. On his first full day in office, Biden issued a presidential directive making  global health security a top national security priority , as well as a  national strategy  (PDF, 24.6MB) for fighting COVID-19 and preventing future pandemics. “U.S. international engagement to combat COVID-19, promote health and advance global health security is urgent …

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The presidential Cabinet explained [video]

A new U.S. president carefully considers the people whom he nominates to join his Cabinet — his close partners in governing. Who are the men and women who make up this important group, and what do they do? The term “Cabinet” is never mentioned in the  U.S. Constitution , but the video explains where the term came …

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National Security Directive on United States Global Leadership to Strengthen International COVID-19 Response and to Advance Global Health

NATIONAL SECURITY DIRECTIVE – 1 SUBJECT: United States Global Leadership to Strengthen the International COVID-19 Response and to Advance Global Health Security and Biological Preparedness The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a grave reminder that biological threats, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate, can have significant and potentially existential consequences for humanity.  This directive …

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Readout of Vice President Harris’s Call with World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke by phone today with World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to discuss the decision by the United States to reverse its withdrawal from the WHO in one of the first acts following inauguration, fulfill its financial obligations, and work as a constructive partner to strengthen and reform …

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Joint Statement on the Situation in Libya

The following joint statement was issued by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Begin text: The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s (LPDF) vote in favor of the selection mechanism for a new interim …

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Terrorist Attacks in Baghdad

DANIEL B. SMITH, ACTING SECRETARY OF STATE We condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attacks in Baghdad. The dual bombings killed at least 32 people and injured many more. They were vicious acts of mass murder and a sobering reminder of the terrorism that continues to threaten the lives of innocent Iraqis. We extend our deepest condolences to the families …

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U.S. reaffirms partnership with World Health Organization

The United States is resuming support for the  World Health Organization , which plays a vital role in fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden announced the renewed commitment to the WHO in a  January 20 letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres , reversing the prior administration’s plan to leave the U.N.’s public health arm in July. “The WHO plays a crucial role in the world’s …

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U.S. return to Paris Agreement marks renewed climate commitment

By Leigh Hartman The United States is rejoining the Paris Agreement, renewing its commitment to partnering with other nations to tackle the global threat of climate change. After his January 20 inaugural address, President Biden signed  formal documentation  returning the United States to the December 12, 2015, Paris Agreement, a critical framework for avoiding potentially disastrous consequences from climate …

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Joe Biden: America’s next president

By Lenore T. Adkins Joseph R. Biden Jr., a former vice president and a longtime Capitol Hill lawmaker known for reaching across the political aisle to get things done, takes office on January 20 as the 46th president of the United States. Biden served eight years as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and defeated incumbent President Donald …

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Kamala Harris: America’s next vice president

By Lauren Monsen Kamala Devi Harris, a senator who has represented California in the U.S. Congress since 2017, will break barriers when she is inaugurated as vice president of the United States on January 20. She will be the first woman — and the first person of African, Jamaican and South Asian ancestry — to occupy that …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Venezuelan Interim President Guaido

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido.  Secretary Pompeo and Interim President Guaido discussed their mutual goal of a peaceful democratic transition in Venezuela and the United States’ unwavering support for his leadership and for the liberty and dignity of …

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Sanctions on Russian Entity and a Vessel Engaging in the Construction of Nord Stream 2

Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Russia-based entity KVT-RUS and identifying the vessel FORTUNA as blocked property.  KVT-RUS is being sanctioned pursuant to Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly selling, leasing, or providing to the Russian Federation goods, services, technology, information, or support for the construction of Russian …

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The United States Takes Further Action Against Enablers of Venezuelan Oil Transactions, Including Sanctions Evasion Network

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States has sanctioned three individuals and 11 entities for their ties to a network helping Nicolas Maduro and his illegitimate regime evade U.S. sanctions on Venezuela’s oil sector.  This action builds on previous sanctions targeting individuals and entities involved in a sanctions-evasion scheme benefitting the illegitimate Maduro …

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Meet Biden’s choice for secretary of state: Antony Blinken

By Leigh Hartman For Antony Blinken, the incoming administration’s pick for America’s top diplomat, returning to the U.S. State Department brings the opportunity to continue both professional and family traditions. If confirmed by the Senate, Blinken would resume a career at the State Department, where he served during the Clinton and Obama administrations. His career in public …

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Remarks by President Trump In Farewell Address to the Nation

The White House THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans: Four years ago, we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens. In short, we embarked on a mission to make America great again — for all Americans. As I conclude …

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Determination of the Secretary of State on Atrocities in Xinjiang

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States of America has led the world in holding the perpetrators of the most heinous human rights abuses accountable. From the Nuremberg Trials, to the creation of the Genocide Convention in 1948, to the declaration of ISIS’s recent genocide against the Yazidis, Christians, and other religious minorities …

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Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

On the third Monday of January, Americans honor the life and achievements of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., (1929–1968), the 1964 Nobel Peace laureate, and the individual most associated with the triumphs of the African-American civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. As a political organizer, a supremely skilled orator, and advocate of …

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Arrest of Aleksey Navalny

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns Russia’s decision to arrest Aleksey Navalny. We note with grave concern that his detention is the latest in a series of attempts to silence Navalny and other opposition figures and independent voices who are critical of Russian authorities. Confident political leaders do not fear …

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Imposing Sanctions on Iranian Entities for Activities Related to Conventional Arms Proliferation PRESS STATEMENT

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Iranian conventional arms proliferation poses a persistent threat to regional and international security, as evidenced by Iran’s continued military support and confirmed arms transfers that fuel ongoing conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere. On September 21, we announced the implementation of Executive Order 13949 that provides the …

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United States Places Global Magnitsky Sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior and Its Minister

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior (MININT) and Minister of Interior General Lazaro Alberto Álvarez Casas for their connection to serious human rights abuse under Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. MININT is …

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Fact Sheet: Activity at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON For more than a year, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has systematically prevented a transparent and thorough investigation of the COVID-19 pandemic’s origin, choosing instead to devote enormous resources to deceit and disinformation. Nearly two million people have died. Their families deserve to know the truth. Only through transparency can we learn what caused this …

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Ensuring a Transparent, Thorough Investigation of COVID-19’s Origin

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States has repeatedly called for a transparent and thorough investigation into the origin of COVID-19. Understanding the origin of this pandemic is essential for global public health, economic recovery, and international security. To assist the vital work of the World Health Organization (WHO) investigative team that arrived …

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Increasing Iran Metals Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Nuclear, Military, and Ballistic Missile Programs and the IRGC

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and military programs pose continued threats to the world’s safety and security. To address these threats, I am increasing the scope of State Department-administered Iran metals-related sanctions. Today, the State Department is identifying 15 specific materials used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic …

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United States – Georgia Memorandum of Understanding on 5G Security

The following memorandum of understanding was adopted by the Governments of the United States of America and Georgia on January 14, 2021.   Begin Text:   Taking into account that secure fifth generation wireless communications networks (5G) will be vital to both future prosperity and national security, the United States and Georgia declare their desire to strengthen cooperation on 5G. 5G will enable a …

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The Iran-al-Qaida Axis

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Wang Xiyue, for that very kind introduction and those remarkable words, words that were your own.  We’re blessed to have you here today. Look, as a lot – as you said, a lot of people worked really hard to get you home.  America never gives …

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The United States Targets Foundations Controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on two organizations controlled by the Supreme Leader of Iran, the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO) and Astan Quds Razavi (AQR).  While masquerading as charitable organizations, EIKO and AQR control large portions of the Iranian economy, including assets seized from political …

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Sanctioning Russia-linked Disinformation Network for its Involvement in Attempts to Influence U.S. Election

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on seven individuals and four entities that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach, who was designated on September 10, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848 for his attempt to influence the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.  Derkach, …

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U.S. Announces Designation of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The State Department has designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbor to terrorists. The Trump Administration has been focused from the start on denying the Castro regime the resources it uses to oppress its people …

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Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Virtual Event: The Importance of Investing in Women’s Economic Empowerment

On January 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET, Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University (ASU) and the U.S. Department of State will host a virtual panel discussion on the importance of investing in women’s economic empowerment. Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Kelley …

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Remembering the Victims of PS752

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The American people honor the memory of the passengers and crew of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752, whose lives were abruptly and senselessly taken one year ago by an unjustified Iranian shootdown.  The United States joins the Governments of Ukraine, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Afghanistan in paying …

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Iran Threatening To Expel UN Investigators

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE In December Iran’s parliament passed a law requiring expulsion of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear inspectors unless all sanctions are lifted. Today a member of the parliamentary leadership repeated that threat: all IAEA watchdog inspectors will be ejected unless sanctions are lifted. Once again the Iranian regime is …

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The United States Continues To Recognize Interim President Guaidó and the Last Democratically Elected National Assembly in Venezuela

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On December 6, 2020, the illegitimate Maduro regime staged fraudulent legislative elections in Venezuela. Sixty countries around the world either came together to issue joint statements, including those released by the European Union, the Organization of American States, the Lima Group, and the International Contact Group or issued their …

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Division for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions Iran

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using big data and surveillance to target Uyghurs for detention based on behaviors that are allowed under the laws of the People’s Republic of China, such as studying the Quran or calling family abroad. Human Rights Watch says in a new report that the CCP uses its  Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP)  to scan …

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Sanctioning Companies Supporting Iran’s Metal Industry

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on 17 companies and one individual in connection with Iran’s metals industry. The Iranian regime uses revenue from its metals sector to fund the regime’s destabilizing activities around the world. The Department of State is designating China-based Kaifeng Pingmei New Carbon Materials …

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Violations of religious freedom persist worldwide

The United States is calling out “egregious violations” of religious freedom worldwide, as many regimes continue to criminalize expressions of religious faith. On December 7, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo designated the governments of Iran, China, North Korea and a half dozen other nations as “countries of particular concern” for engaging in or …

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Six remarkable women honored posthumously

By Lenore T. Adkins The National Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted six trailblazing Black women into its unique sisterhood, recognizing their contributions at the Seneca Falls, New York, birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. Its new Virtual Induction Series  celebrates underrepresented women of achievement. It does this by posthumously recognizing marginalized women who were overlooked during their lifetimes or died before …

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U.S. helps countries build secure 5G networks

By Leigh Hartman Fifth-generation wireless technology is transformative and has the potential to reshape industries. From remote health care to self-driving cars, to critical services such as electrical grids and water systems,  5G has the potential to touch every part of our lives . We need to be able to trust that 5G equipment and software companies will not threaten the national security, privacy or human rights of …

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Millions of Venezuelans vote for democracy

Venezuelans at home and abroad stood up for democracy, rejecting efforts by the illegitimate Maduro regime to exert authoritarian control over the National Assembly elections. The United States congratulated the Venezuelan opposition party — led by legitimate interim President Juan Guaidó — for successfully holding the consulta popular — or “ the people’s referendum ” — from December …

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On the Silencing and Prosecution of PRC Citizen Journalist Zhang Zhan

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) sham prosecution and conviction of citizen journalist Zhang Zhan on December 28. We call on the PRC government to release her immediately and unconditionally. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has shown once again it will do whatever it …

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New U.S. restrictions seek to deter China’s abuses

By Leigh Hartman The United States is imposing restrictions on Chinese entities and officials that help the People’s Republic of China surveil and persecute its people, steal trade secrets, and bully other nations in the South China Sea. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on December 18 announced new measures against 60 companies or organizations that support …

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Commemorating the United Nations Declaration

January 1, 1942, was a milestone in diplomatic history — a day when representatives of the “Big Four” Allied countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and China) gathered in Washington to sign the  United Nations Declaration , formally pledging cooperation in defeating the forces of fascism. The following day, representatives of 22 other Allied …

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