On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphopbia, Interphobia, and Transphobia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States affirms today, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), that the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons are the same human rights to which all persons are entitled. As enshrined in Article 1 of the Universal …

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Counselor Chollet Op-Ed

In July 2009, then Vice President Joseph R. Biden stood before the Georgian Parliament and declared, “We stand by the principle that sovereign democracies have the right to make their own decisions and choose their own partnerships and their own alliances.” Amid the Kremlin’s brutal and unprovoked war against Ukraine, now-President Biden’s words remain a …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Judges’ Day Event

Question on the event Ambassador Degnan: Today’s event hosted by USAID marks the 19th anniversary of Judges’ Day, bringing together law students and judges who to recognize the judges who are working to improve and strengthen an independent judicial system here in Georgia. Judges play an essential role in the independence judicial system, and in …

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Counselor Chollet’s Travel to Moldova, Georgia, and the United Kingdom

Counselor of the Department Derek Chollet will lead an interagency delegation to Chisinau, Moldova, from May 17 to 18. He will meet with Moldovan government officials to discuss the impact of the war in Ukraine on Moldova, continue discussions of our 30-year U.S.-Moldovan partnership under the framework of our Strategic Dialogue, and meet with refugees …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with German, UK, and French Counterparts

READOUT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today in Berlin with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss, and French Director General for Political and Security Affairs Philippe Errera. They discussed the continued response among allies and partners against …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Berlin.  The two discussed this week’s G7 and NATO Foreign Ministerial meetings and the Secretary emphasized the strong support for Ukraine from Allies and partners during these meetings.  The Secretary conveyed details regarding the latest tranche of U.S. security assistance to bolster Ukraine’s defenses.  The Secretary and Foreign Minister Kuleba also discussed the impact of Russia’s brutal war, including …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg regarding the NATO Foreign Ministerial taking place in Berlin May 14-15. They deplored President Putin’s ruinous war in Ukraine, reiterated their support for the Ukrainian people and Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and discussed …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia’s War Against Ukraine

MEDIA NOTE 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, the …

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Joint Statement on Syria

Representatives of the United States, the Arab League, Egypt, the European Union, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom met in Brussels on May 10, 2022, to discuss the crisis in Syria. Begin Text. We applauded the European Union …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation of Women and Girls in Afghanistan

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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The Russian Federation’s Ongoing Aggression Against Ukraine

As delivered by Ambassador Michael Carpenter to the Permanent Council, Vienna May 12, 2022 Thank you, Mr. Chair. As we mark 11 weeks of Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine, the Kremlin’s war aims are coming into sharper relief.  While the Kremlin has clearly failed in its efforts to subjugate the entire Ukrainian nation and take …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at AMCHAM Skills Building Event

Question about the event  Ambassador Degnan:  For 30 years, the United States has been working with Georgia to help develop the economy, and the partnership that we’re forging today with the American Chamber of Commerce and the key hospitality industries here is an important part of that.  This is designed to help Georgia’s tourism and …

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US Embassy handed over special security equipment to the Security Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

The Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States of America – Ryan Harker Harris, the Head of Regional Security of the Embassy – James Ullin and the Regional Security Officer – Maka Malatsidze visited the Security Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The guests presented the Department with special security equipment – …

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Attribution of Russia’s Malicious Cyber Activity Against Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is joining with allies and partners to condemn Russia’s destructive cyber activities against Ukraine.  In the months leading up to and after Russia’s illegal further invasion began, Ukraine experienced a series of disruptive cyber operations, including website defacements, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and cyber …

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Readout of Ambassador Tai’s Meeting with Georgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Levan Davitashvili

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today met with Georgia’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Levan Davitashvili.  Ambassador Tai and Vice Prime Minister Davitashvili discussed U.S. support for Georgia in this time of crisis in the region. They also discussed how the United States and Georgia can work …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Adrienne Watson on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with Prime Minister Kiril Petkov of Bulgaria. They exchanged views on Russia’s unprovoked military aggression against Ukraine, reaffirming their readiness to continue supporting the people and government of Ukraine and imposing costs on Russia. Mr. Sullivan underscored U.S. solidarity with Bulgaria in the face of Russia’s latest attempt …

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Faces of Kremlin propaganda: Dimitri Peskov

This article is part of a series describing major players in the Russian government’s disinformation campaigns. You also can learn about broadcaster  Vladimir Solovyov . Dimitri Peskov  lives a life of luxury beyond his means as a civil servant. That’s because he has served Russian President Vladimir Putin as deputy chief of staff and spokesman since 2008, spreading  disinformation  and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to commemorate Ukraine’s Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation to recognize the sacrifices of those lost in World War II.  The Secretary informed Foreign Minister Kuleba that our Charge d’Affaires Kristina …

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Targeting Russia’s Financial, Defense, and Marine Sectors and Promoting Accountability for Russian and Belarusian Military Officials

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE As President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war enters its fourth month, the United States recognizes the staggering human toll of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.  Civilian casualties continue to mount, as do widespread reports of war crimes and other atrocities perpetrated by Russia’s forces in Ukraine.  As the …

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On the 77th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE I join my fellow Americans and people across the world as we prepare to mark the 77th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.  Together, we commemorate the shared resilience and resolve of all the soldiers and civilians that led to the Allied victory over the Nazis.  We …

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$150 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE More than two months into the Kremlin’s unjustified and brutal war, it is impossible not to be moved by what the people of Ukraine have achieved.  It is also impossible not to believe that they will keep succeeding, because they have demonstrated that they have the will …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of the Ozurgeti American Shelf

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan:  I am so happy to be here in Ozurgeti, back in Guria. for the third time on this important occasion, which is the opening of the American shelf here at the library in Ozurgeti. This is a great way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and …

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The Patrol Police Department Of The Ministry Of Internal Affairs Has Presented A Report On The Activities Of Recent Years

Source article The presentation of the report on the activities of the Patrol Police Department of recent years was held at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The event was opened with a welcoming speech delivered by the Director of the Patrol Police Department – Vazha Siradze. The presentation of the report was attended by the Deputy Ministers of …

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Ambassador Degnan visited the Institute for Change and Innovation

Peace Corps Volunteers can leave a lasting positive impact in the places they serve. The Institute for Change and Innovation (ICI), an NGO co-founded by current director Tamar Ghlonti and the head of the board, Zviad Eradze, and a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Ozurgeti, is a vivid example of such impact. Since its founding, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister Linde

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde in Washington, D.C.  Secretary Blinken underscored the importance of the Transatlantic relationship to European security and reaffirmed our commitment to NATO’s Open Door policy.  The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Sweden’s …

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Ambassador Degnan met with the talented and motivated youth of Guria

To help increase youth employment in rural communities, the U.S. Government funded an innovative project for high school students and teachers in Guria designed to strengthen vocational and entrepreneurial skills. The agriculture entrepreneurship clubs that have been created in the framework of this project will continue to provide entrepreneurial knowledge to teachers and students via …

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Ambassador Degnan met with Tea Route Association members

Georgia’s agrotourism sector has incredible potential, and the U.S. Government is helping to develop this sphere. We are excited about our new partnership with the Tea Route Association to plan and implement the USAID Economic Security Program’s “Guria Tea Route” project. It will be the first component of a larger Guria Hospitality Trail that merges …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan met Ozurgeti District Court Judges

Independent, effective, and accountable legal institutions are crucial for human rights protection, for Georgia’s democratic and economic development, and for the Government of Georgia to meet its stated goal of deeper Euro-Atlantic integration. Today Ambassador Degnan spoke with Ozurgeti District Court judges and staff about efforts to strengthen the rule of law, as well as …

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Ambassador Degnan visited Vocational College in Guria

The United States has invested millions of dollars in developing vocational education in Georgia, helping businesses expand and developing a key segment of Georgia’s workforce. Today Ambassador Degnan visited one of the Embassy’s partner centers, Horizonti, the only vocational college in the Guria region. Beyond its technical efforts in education, Horizonti has worked closely with …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Truss

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. The Secretary reaffirmed support for Ukraine, where the brave Ukrainian people continue to defend against the brutal attacks of Putin’s war of aggression.  The two discussed additional security and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Security Assistance to Ukraine

Lockheed Martin Pike County Operations Troy, Alabama 2:03 P.M. CDT THE PRESIDENT:  I tell you what, Linda: If I were CEO of this company, I’d be worried.  (Laughter.) Well, good afternoon, everybody.  And thank you, Jim, for the invitation to be here today and, Linda, for the warm welcome today.  And Congressman Sewell — -woman …

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Pelosi Statement on Conclusion of Congressional Delegation to Poland and Ukraine

Warsaw, Poland – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Congressional delegation concluded its visit to Poland and Ukraine: “Today, in Warsaw, our Congressional delegation was honored to meet with President Andrzej Duda and express our thanks for the generosity and hospitality extended by the people of Poland to the people of Ukraine.  We discussed the centrality …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to the Media at the Opening of the Photo Exhibit “Three Colors: Green, Red, Blue”

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan: I am delighted to be here to open this wonderful photography exhibit that is showing photographs of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan from over a hundred years ago. This is a great collaboration between the two: we see a photography and multi-media museum and the United States Library of Congress …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to follow up on their April 24 meeting in Kyiv.  The Secretary emphasized the United States’ robust support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s brutal aggression.   The Secretary …

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Joint Statement on the Syria Special Envoy Meeting

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON Representatives of the Arab League, Egypt, the European Union, France, Germany, Iraq, Jordan, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States met in Paris on April 28 to discuss Syria. Begin Text: We expressed our lasting commitment to alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people and welcomed the upcoming …

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Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention’s Entry into Force

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).  For a quarter of a century, the United States has worked with its Allies and partners to help rid the world of chemical weapons and deter their use by anyone, anywhere, …

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Commemorating the Day of Holocaust Remembrance

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Under the theme “Courage Facing Evil,” today we mark the Day of Holocaust Remembrance and honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. As we remember the horrors of that dark chapter, we are surrounded by descendants of Holocaust survivors who were inspired by their family’s suffering …

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FACT SHEET: White House Calls on Congress to Provide Additional Support for Ukraine

The assistance the Biden-Harris Administration has provided to Ukraine to date has made a significant difference on the battlefield, helping Ukrainians defend their country and win the battle for Kyiv. Now, as the war shifts to and intensifies in Ukraine’s eastern front, the Biden-Harris Administration is  calling on  Congress to provide additional resources to help ensure Ukraine’s …

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Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on the Ukraine Supplemental Budget Request

Via Teleconference 9:35 A.M. EDT MR. HASAN:  Good morning, everyone.  This is Abdullah from OMB.  Thanks for joining us on this call to discuss the Ukraine supplemental budget request.  As a reminder, this call is on background, attributable to “administration officials,” and embargoed until 10:30 a.m. today. For your awareness, but not for reporting purposes, …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Request to Congress for Additional Funding to Support Ukraine

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Good morning.  I just signed a request to Congress for critical security, economic, and humanitarian assistance to help Ukraine continue to counter Putin’s aggression and — at a very pivotal moment. We need this bill to support Ukraine in its fight for freedom.  And our NATO Allies, our EU partners — …

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The Russian Federation’s Ongoing Aggression Against Ukraine

As delivered by Ambassador Michael Carpenter to the Permanent Council, Vienna April 28, 2022 Thank you, Mr. Chair. As we enter the third month of Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression, Ukraine stands as strong, united, and resolute as ever. The people of Ukraine are continuing to repulse Russia’s barbaric campaign of intimidation and subjugation.  Over …

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Remarks by President Biden at the Funeral of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

THE PRESIDENT:  Freedom endures against all odds in the face of every aggressor because there are always those who will fight for that freedom. And in the 20th and 21st century, freedom had no greater champion than Madeleine Korbel Albright. Anne, Alice, Katie — your mom was a force — a force of nature.  With …

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Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Bilateral Meeting between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy

President Biden looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy to the White House on May 10, 2022.  The visit will reaffirm the deep bonds of friendship and strong partnership between the United States and Italy.  The leaders will discuss their ongoing coordination with Allies and partners on measures to support of the people …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Joly

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly to discuss our close coordination on security and democracy issues around the world.  Secretary Blinken noted the United States’ appreciation for Canada’s many commitments in response to Putin’s unprovoked, brutal war in …

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Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin’s Travel to Ukraine

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III visited Kyiv, Ukraine yesterday to demonstrate the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in their struggle against Russian aggression. While in Kyiv, Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin met with …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Secretary Lloyd Austin Remarks to Traveling Press

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SOUTHEASTERN POLAND SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Morning, everybody.  Secretary Austin and I just returned from Kyiv, where we went at the request of President Biden and the invitation of President Zelenskyy.  We had an opportunity to demonstrate directly our strong support, our strong ongoing support for the Ukrainian Government and for the Ukrainian people.  This …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Head of Cabinet of the President of the European Council Bernard

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met today with Frédéric Bernard, head of cabinet of the President of the European Council, in Washington, D.C.  Deputy Secretary Sherman welcomed the EU’s strong financial, humanitarian, and military support to Ukraine and the unprecedented U.S.- EU and transatlantic unity in …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Armenian Remembrance Day

On April 24, 1915, Ottoman authorities arrested Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. Thus began the Armenian genocide—one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century. Today, we remember the one and a half million Armenians who were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in a campaign of extermination, and mourn the …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Orthodox Easter

Jill and I send warm wishes to all our friends in the Orthodox Christian community observing Easter. We rejoice with you in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the triumph of light over darkness. During this sacred season, we hold in our prayers all those who are suffering from the brutality of war and persecution. …

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A Proclamation on Days Of Remembrance Of Victims Of The Holocaust, 2022

On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and throughout this week of remembrance, we reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust when the Nazi regime systematically murdered 6 million Jews and millions of other innocents, including Roma, Sinti, Slavs, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI+ individuals, political dissidents, and many others.  We stand with Jewish people in the United …

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The Secretary’s Meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmyhal

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Washington D.C.  The Secretary expressed the United States’ steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and reinforced our determination to help Ukraine successfully defend itself against Russia’s brutal and unjustified war of aggression.  He …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal Before Their Meeting

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE THOMAS JEFFERSON ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  It’s a pleasure to welcome Ukraine’s prime minister here to the State Department after a couple of days in Washington, most notably with President Biden.  I had a chance to visit with the prime minister before Russia’s aggression …

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Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in Russia and Belarus and Taking Action Against Sanctions Evaders

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, conducted with the complicity of the Lukashenka regime, continues to cause needless suffering and thousands of civilian casualties.  The world has witnessed the horrors of this war in the images from the Ukrainian towns of Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel, and in …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with NATO Permanent Representatives

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met today in Brussels with NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană and NATO Permanent Representatives.  Deputy Secretary Sherman discussed continued strong coordination at NATO to ensure robust deterrence and defense, and shared U.S. priorities for NATO’s next Strategic Concept, which …

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Coons leads congressional delegation to Europe

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will lead a congressional delegation this week to France, Georgia, and Italy. Joining Senator Coons’ delegation are Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, …

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Putin’s poisons: 2020 attack on Aleksey Navalny

This article is part of a series describing how the Russian government and Vladimir Putin conceal their or their allies’ involvement in chemical attacks on civilians worldwide. When a leading political activist in Russia dared to challenge President Vladimir Putin, he ended up poisoned with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the former Soviet …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Easter

Jill and I join fellow Christians around the world in celebrating Easter Sunday — a day of joy and hope, of renewal and rebirth. Once again, Holy Week has taken us on a journey from sorrow to salvation. As we reflect today on Christ’s Resurrection, we are reminded that with faith, hope, and love — …

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Ambassador Degnan’s remarks to media at American Chamber of Commerce event to benefit Ukraine

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: As we enter the 50th day, I believe, of this terrible aggression by Russia against the people of Ukraine, we’re all looking for ways we can support the courageous people who are fighting so bravely for Ukraine, for their homeland, and for their sovereignty. And tonight’s event is …

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U.S. spotlights human rights abuses worldwide

By Leigh Hartman When governments flout democracy and the rule of law, human rights are in danger. Nowhere is that clearer than in the Russian government’s war against Ukraine, where the troops of President Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian regime have committed widespread atrocities, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said April 12, when announcing the release of the U.S. …

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Secretary Blinken to Release the 2021 Human Rights Report

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will deliver on-camera remarks on the release of the 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at 1:30 p.m. on April 12, 2022, in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. Acting Assistant Secretary Lisa Peterson of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will take questions in the Briefing Room immediately …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia’s War of Aggression Against Ukraine

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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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Press Availability at the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NATO HEADQUARTERS BRUSSELS, BELGIUM SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good evening, everyone. Two weeks after my last trip here with President Biden, we’re back in Brussels as part of this administration’s ongoing and urgent efforts with allies and partners to counter the Russian Government’s war of aggression in Ukraine and to stand up for the principles necessary …

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Russia’s Suspension from the UN Human Rights Council

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE By suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, countries around the world chose to hold Moscow to account today for gross and systematic violations of human rights in its premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war of choice against Ukraine.  We have seen growing evidence of Russia’s brutal disregard for international law and human rights in Ukraine, most notably …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks at 30th Anniversary Concert

Mogesalmebit! Thank you for coming tonight to join us in marking 30 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia! We formally established diplomatic relations with Georgia on March 24, 1992. But America’s first diplomatic presence started over 100 years before that, in Batumi in 1890. Our long history of friendship between Americans …

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Joint Readout by the United States and the European Council

Today, the European Council was joined by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. of the United States. The leaders discussed the coordinated and united response of the European Union and the United States to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression in Ukraine. They reviewed their ongoing efforts to impose economic costs on Russia and Belarus, as …

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G7 Leaders’ Statement

We, the Leaders of the G7, met today in Brussels at the invitation of the German G7 Presidency, to further strengthen our cooperation in light of Russia’s unjustifiable, unprovoked and illegal aggression and President Putin’s war of choice against independent and sovereign Ukraine. We will stand with the government and people of Ukraine. We are …

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Joint Statement by President Biden and President von der Leyen

We are united in our condemnation of Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, who are bravely defending their homeland, and we call on Russia to end the brutal onslaught against its neighbor.  We are united in our support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Event Marking 30 Years of U.S. – Georgian Diplomatic Relations

We’re here today to mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia. We’re very, very proud of what the United States and Georgia have been able to accomplish over the last 30 years. I see it everywhere I go when I travel around Georgia: in the schools that we built together …

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Remarks by President Biden and European Council President Charles Michel Upon Arrival at the European Council

Europa Building Brussels, Belgium 7:19 P.M. CET PRESIDENT MICHEL:  We are very pleased, dear President, dear Joe, to welcome you again in Brussels.  Your presence here and your participation in this European Council meeting is a very strong signal. Our unity is rock solid, and we are very, very pleased to coordinate, to cooperate with …

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Statement on the Passing of Madeleine K. Albright

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Madeleine Albright was a brilliant diplomat, a visionary leader, a courageous trailblazer, a dedicated mentor, and a great and good person who loved the United States deeply and devoted her life to serving it. She was also a wonderful friend to many, including me. I’ll miss her …

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War Crimes by Russia’s Forces in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Since launching his unprovoked and unjust war of choice, Russian President Vladimir Putin has unleashed unrelenting violence that has caused death and destruction across Ukraine.  We’ve seen numerous credible reports of indiscriminate attacks and attacks deliberately targeting civilians, as well as other atrocities.  Russia’s forces have destroyed …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA Political Director Tjorven Bellmann, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for Europe and North America James Cleverly. Deputy Secretary Sherman condemned President Putin’s increasingly brutal …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Rau discussed continued international efforts to support Ukraine and to respond to the devastating humanitarian crisis caused by Putin’s premeditated, unjustified, and unprovoked …

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Aleksey Navalny Unjustly Convicted Again

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We condemn Russian authorities’ politically-motivated conviction and sentencing of opposition leader Aleksey Navalny on additional spurious charges to nine more years in a high security prison. This outlandish prison term is a continuation of the Kremlin’s years-long assault on Navalny and on his movement for government transparency and accountability. Of course, Navalny’s true crime in …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with European External Action Service Secretary General Sannino

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman spoke today with European External Action Service Secretary General Stefano Sannino to continue close U.S.-EU coordination to support Ukraine and hold the Russian Federation accountable for Putin’s unprovoked war and unconscionable attacks that continue to kill civilians in Ukraine. They also affirmed their …

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Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden Marking Nowruz

Jill and I extend our best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz in the United States and around the world today — including in Iran and across the Middle East, in Central and South Asia, in the Caucuses, and in Europe. The Nowruz holiday brings family and friends together around the table to give …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Travel to Poland

This week, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will travel to Poland following his meetings in Brussels, Belgium with our NATO Allies, G7 Leaders, and European Union Leaders to discuss international efforts to support Ukraine and impose severe and unprecedented costs on Russia for its invasion. On Friday, March 25, President Biden will travel to Warsaw, Poland, where he will hold a …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to reaffirm the United States’ steadfast commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The Secretary reiterated robust U.S. support for the people of Ukraine through security, humanitarian, and economic assistance.  Secretary Blinken and …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Parliament

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$200 Million in New Security Assistance for Ukraine

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Department of State Presence in Ukraine

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Background Press Briefing on the Vice President’s Events in Munich, Germany

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Blinken warns of Russia’s threat to Ukraine in U.N. speech

Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Russia to reject the “path of war” and withdraw its troops from Ukraine’s borders. “As we meet today the most immediate threat to peace and security is Russia’s looming aggression against  Ukraine, ” the secretary said February 17 at the U.N. Security Council in New York. The secretary said evidence of …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Draghi of Italy

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau. Secretary Blinken welcomed the Foreign Minister’s engagement in Kyiv and Moscow and expressed his support for Foreign Minister Rau’s initiative to launch a Renewed European Security Dialogue at the OSCE. The Secretary reiterated …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken on Russia’s Threat to Peace and Security at the UN Security Council

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Russian Duma Resolution on Eastern Ukraine

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany

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Background Press Call Previewing the Vice President’s Trip to Munich, Germany

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Joint Statement on U.S.-Estonia Relations

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Germany

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Opening of U.S.-Denmark Defense Cooperation Agreement Negotiations PRESS STATEMENT

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Statement from President Biden on United Nations Security Council Meeting

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Political Prisoners in Belarus

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Honoring an American trailblazer for diversity

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Senior State Department Officials On Posture of U.S. Embassy Kyiv

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Deputy Secretary Sherman to Hold a Press Availability at NATO Headquarters

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with the EU Political and Security Committee

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Diplomatic Engagement with European Allies and Partners Ahead of Talks with Russia

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Briefing with Deputy Secretary Wendy R. Sherman on the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov

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Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on Russia

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National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon.  Foreign Minister Baerbock, we had a terrific first meeting in Liverpool and it’s really a pleasure to welcome you to Washington, to the United States for the first time in your new role as foreign minister. We know that the close relationship between Germany and …

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Kazakhstan State of Emergency

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: The United States is closely following the situation in Kazakhstan, a valued partner.  We condemn the acts of violence and destruction of property and call for restraint by both the authorities and protestors.  We ask for all Kazakhstanis to respect and defend constitutional …

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Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races

The People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities. We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine. President Biden made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine. The leaders expressed support for diplomatic efforts, starting next week with the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue, at NATO through the NATO-Russia Council, and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Secretary Blinken reiterated the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s borders. The two discussed efforts to peacefully resolve the …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Parliament

We appreciated the opportunity to meet with the committee chairs. We raised our concerns about the draft legislation pertaining to the State Inspector service, in particular provisions that would result in the dismissal of the entire staff of the State Inspector service. We also questioned the need to rush this through in an expedited fashion. …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media Following her Meeting with the State Inspector

This meeting was an important opportunity to talk with the State Inspector and her team. The State Inspector plays a very important role in Georgia in protecting citizens’ rights. Their job is to investigate potential crimes by public servants and to hold public servants accountable to the citizens. It’s a difficult job, but it’s an …

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Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on Christmas

On behalf of our family, we wish a merry Christmas to everyone in the United States and around the world who is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and the promise of hope and renewal. During this season of joy, we are inspired by the countless Americans who are a reminder that the things we …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Launch of the Campaign Against Drunk Driving

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very important event. I’m very pleased to be here to join the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the launch of a public service announcement about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol. The U.S. Embassy is very proud to have cooperated coordinated with …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media Following her Meeting with Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee

Q-n about the topics discussed Ambassador Degnan: We had a very useful discussion about the delegation’s recent trip to Washington DC. They gave me a readout on their various meetings with Congress, with the State Department, and with civil society.  It was a very useful visit to discuss bilateral relations between Georgia and the United …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Head of Presidential Office Andriy Yermak of Ukraine

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with Head of Presidential Administration Andriy Yermak of Ukraine.  They discussed their shared concerns and common approach regarding Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine’s border.  Mr. Sullivan welcomed yesterday’s OSCE announcement regarding the “strong determination” of Ukrainian government forces and Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine to fully adhere to …

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Welcoming the Ceasefire in Donbas

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States welcomes yesterday’s OSCE announcement regarding the “strong determination” of Ukrainian government forces and Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine to fully adhere to the Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire agreement of July 22, 2020.  We hope the resultant peace will create the diplomatic space necessary to de-escalate regional tensions …

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Illegal Iranian Flow of Weapons to Yemen

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON On December 20, the United States Navy 5th Fleet seized upwards of 1,400 AK-47 assault rifles and 226,600 rounds of ammunition from a vessel originating from Iran. This ship was on a route historically used to illegally smuggle weapons to the Houthis in Yemen. The smuggling of arms from Iran to the Houthis represents a flagrant violation of the UN targeted arms embargo and is yet another example of how malign Iranian activity is prolonging the war in Yemen.  Iran’s support for armed groups throughout the region threatens international and regional …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Cybercrimes Investigation Course Graduation

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today for the graduation of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Cyber Crimes Investigation training. This is another example of the kind of training that the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency has been providing to our partners in Georgia for many years. …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Emergency Operations Center Workshop Graduation

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: The Emergency Operation Center training is just another example of the kind of training that the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency has been doing for years to help build Georgia’s capacity, to counter weapons of mass destruction threats, and other kinds of emergencies in Georgia and the region. The …

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Honoring International Migrants Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On December 18, International Migrants Day, we recognize the rights, contributions, and struggles of migrants, and reiterate the United States’ commitment to support safe, orderly, and humane migration around the world.  Through regional partnerships created by the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration with international humanitarian partners like the …

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Remarks by President Biden After Meeting with Members of the COVID-⁠19 Response Team

Roosevelt Room 4:48 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:   Folks, I’m not going to take questions today because I have a direct message to the American people and, tomorrow, the team is going to be on television and talking in more detail about what I’m going to be speaking about today. But I want to send a …

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On the Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Terrorism

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Department of State has issued the 2020 Country Reports on Terrorism (CRT), which provides a detailed look at the counterterrorism environment last year, fulfilling an important Congressional mandate.  Each year, the CRT provides insight on important issues in the fight against terrorism and helps the United States make …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Wounded Warrior Charity Event

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: It is a tremendous privilege for me to be here at this event to honor the hundreds of Georgians who have been wounded serving their country as soldiers. The United States is very honored to have helped establish the Wounded Warrior Center, including a contribution of over $4 …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Opening of Zaza Pachulia’s Shoot 360 Facility

Q-n about the opening of Shoot 360 Ambassador Degnan: It is a huge pleasure for me to be here today at the opening of ZazaPachulia’s Shoot 360 basketball center. This is a training facility with state-of-the-art technology and coaching to help young people polish their basketball skills. It’s more than that though. It’s also about …

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Colonel Chad Koenig, Commander, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) visited Georgia

Mission Tbilisi welcomed Colonel Chad Koenig, Commander, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), who led a team from Washington to evaluate WRAIR’s efforts in Georgia.  WRAIR staff work closely with their Georgian counterparts at Lugar Center to monitor circulating and emerging infectious disease threats across Georgia and the region. The work this combined team …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Media Engagement on Sidelines the of Bench and Bar Event

Q- n about today’s event, the Bench and Bar discussions, and the US role in supporting Georgia’s judiciary reforms  Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I think it is a good example of the continued work that’s happening here in Georgia to improve the judicial system, to build on the reforms that have taken place over the last …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at C Hepatitis Elimination Progress Event

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan:  This is a very important event today and a huge success for Georgia in its efforts to eliminate Hepatitis C. The United States, through our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is very, very proud to have partnered with Georgia’s NCDC and the Ministry of Health over the …

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Statement from President Joe Biden on Pfizer’s COVID-⁠19 Antiviral Pill

I am encouraged by the promising data released by Pfizer today, showing that its antiviral pill is effective at reducing the risk of severe illness in people infected with COVID-19. This news provides another potentially powerful tool in our fight against the virus, including the Omicron variant. Several steps remain before the Pfizer pill can become …

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Afghanistan Relocation and Resettlement Update

Since August 31, the State Department has continued its around-the-clock efforts to relocate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents currently in Afghanistan who want to depart, as well as Afghan allies who worked with us over the course of our 20-year military mission in Afghanistan and their families.  As Secretary Blinken has said, there is no deadline for this work, which at the State Department is led by the Coordinator for Afghan Relocation Efforts, Ambassador Beth Jones. This update provides the …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia and Ukraine

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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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Signing Agreement with Gulf Georgia on UGRAD

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very happy to be here today to celebrate the launch of a wonderful partnership, with the generosity of Gulf Georgia, working with World Learning, to partner to allow 10 Georgian undergraduate students to go to the United States, to study for a semester to expand their …

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75th Anniversary of UNICEF

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United Nations Children’s Fund, better known around the world as UNICEF, was created 75 years ago as a part of a concerted effort to provide supplies and assistance to children in the aftermath of World War II. Today, the organization works in more than 190 countries as the …

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The United States Promotes Accountability for Human Rights Violations and Abuses

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE We are determined to put human rights at the center of our foreign policy, and we reaffirm this commitment by using appropriate tools and authorities to draw attention to and promote accountability for human rights violations and abuses, no matter where they occur. The United States appreciates the coordinated …

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On Human Rights Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, as chair of the UN Human Rights Commission, helped to spearhead the creation of this landmark document, which has been fundamental to seeking to ensure human rights are …

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Remarks By President Biden At The Summit For Democracy Opening Session

8:12 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Well, hello everyone, and welcome to the first Summit for Democracy. This gathering has been on my mind for a long time for a simple reason: In the face of sustained and alarming challenges to democracy, universal human rights, and — all around the world, democracy needs champions. And I …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Opening Remarks at the Virtual Summit for Democracy Leaders’ Plenary Session

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Mr. President, thank you so much for kicking off the Summit for Democracy and pushing us to consider how we can strengthen our democracies to meet the challenges before us in this new century. As the President mentioned, we’ve been very much looking forward to today’s discussion, the work that’s going to follow …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Ministry of Defense GDRP Closing Assessment

  I am here at the Ministry of Defense for the assessment by the Georgian Defense Forces and the Ministry of Defense on successes of the Georgian Defense Readiness Program, which is concluding after four years. This is an opportunity to look at all of the accomplishments that have been made in the course of …

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