International Day of Democracy (September 15)

International Day of Democracy (September 15) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 15, 2018 On this International Day of Democracy, the United States reaffirms its unwavering belief in democracy as the form of government with the greatest capacity to advance peace, prosperity, and security, and to safeguard the universal human rights, fundamental freedoms, and ...
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Russia-backed Sham Elections in Ukraine (September 12)

Russia-backed Sham Elections in Ukraine (September 12) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 12, 2018 The United States condemns the announcement of a plan to conduct “elections” in the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.” Given the continued control of these territories by the Russian Federation, genuine elections are inconceivable, and grossly contravene Russia’s ...
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Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Tbilisi and Skopje (September 10)

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Joint Statement on Libya on the Situation in Tripoli (September 1)

Joint Statement on Libya on the Situation in Tripoli (September 1)   The Governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States strongly condemn the continued escalation of violence in and around Tripoli that has caused many casualties and continues to endanger the lives of innocent civilians. We reiterate that the targeting of ...
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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on Georgian conflict (June 20)

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Assistant Secretary Mitchell’s Remarks at Carnegie Europe (June 20)

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Assistant Secretary Mitchell’s Remarks at The Prague European Summit (June 20)

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Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

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Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of State Affairs Commission of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

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Statement on Georgian Territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia (May 30)

Statement on Georgian Territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia (May 30) The United States strongly condemns the Syrian regime’s intention to establish diplomatic relations with the Russian-occupied Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  These regions are part of Georgia.  The United States’ position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia is unwavering.  We fully support Georgia’s ...
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Remarks by President Trump at a Memorial Day Ceremony (May 28)

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo: Georgia National Day (May 26)

Statement by Secretary Pompeo: Georgia National Day (May 26)   On behalf of the Government of the United States, I would like to wish the Government of Georgia and the Georgian people a joyous Independence Day. This year marks the centennial anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, the first independent Georgian state in modern ...
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Calling Russia To Account for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 (May 25)

Calling Russia To Account for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 (May 25) Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 25, 2018 We strongly support the decisions by the Netherlands and Australia to call Russia to account for its role in the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Flight #17 (MH-17) over eastern Ukraine and the ...
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Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili (May 23)

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After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy (May 21)

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Remarks at the 2018 Plenary Session of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership (May 21)

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Secretary’s Remarks: On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (May 17)

Secretary’s Remarks: On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (May 17) Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person ...
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Remarks by President Trump and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg (May 17)

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Statement on Closure of Controlled Crossing Points in Russian Occupied Georgian Territory of South Ossetia (May 8)

Statement on Closure of Controlled Crossing Points in Russian Occupied Georgian Territory of South Ossetia (May 8) Heather Nauert, Spokesperson The United States is concerned by the decision of de facto South Ossetian authorities to temporarily close controlled crossing points in Georgia along the administrative boundary line in the Russian-occupied territory of South Ossetia.  These ...
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REMARKS: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo At a Press Availability (April 27)

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Holding Russia Accountable for Chemical Weapons Use in Salisbury, UK (April 18)

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Joined by Allies, President Trump Takes Action to End Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attacks (April 14)

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United States Welcomes Georgia Peace Initiative (April 4)

United States Welcomes Georgia Peace Initiative (April 4) Statement by Heather Nauert The United States welcomes Georgia’s package of proposals to improve the lives of people living in Georgia’s regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  These measures help address the needs of the most vulnerable populations on both sides of the Administrative Boundary Lines and ...
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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia (March 29)

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Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior (March 26)

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Statement from the Press Secretary (February 15)

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Statement by President Trump on the Shooting in Parkland, Florida (February 15)

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Chemical Weapons Attack in Saraqib, Syria (February 5)

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U.S. on Russia’s Violations of Georgian Sovereignty (February 1)

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President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address

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Remarks at a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes Monument (January 27)

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Attack in Kabul (January 27)

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Russia’s Violations of Georgian Sovereignty (January 26)

Russia’s Violations of Georgian Sovereignty (January 26) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 26, 2018 The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s ratification of an agreement with the de facto leaders in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia regarding a joint military force. We do not recognize the legitimacy of this so-called “treaty,” which ...
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Presidential Message on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 26)

Presidential Message on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 26)   Tomorrow marks the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death and concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.  We take this opportunity to recall the Nazis’ systematic persecution and brutal murder of six million Jewish people.  In their death camps and under their inhuman rule, ...
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Statement on the Sentencing of Afgan Mukhtarli (January 12)

Statement on the Sentencing of Afgan Mukhtarli (January 12) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 12, 2018 The United States is disturbed by the January 12 sentencing of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli to a six-year prison term. Mr. Mukhtarli was reportedly abducted in Georgia on May 30 and subsequently arrested in Azerbaijan on smuggling ...
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Press Statement on the Continuing Protests in Iran (January 4)

Press Statement on the Continuing Protests in Iran (January 4) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 4, 2018 We continue to monitor closely the protests and violence in Iran. The Iranian people have been expressing their desire for dignified treatment, an end to corruption, improved transparency, and increased economic opportunities. Protestors have also demanded ...
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Joint Statement of the 2017 U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges (December 22)

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Annual Report on the Implementation of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (December 20)

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2017 National Security Strategy of the United States of America

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Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding Attack in New York City (December 11)

Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding Attack in New York City (December 11)   Today’s attempted mass murder attack in New York City—the second terror attack in New York in the last two months—once again highlights the urgent need for Congress to enact legislative reforms to protect the American people. First and foremost, as ...
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Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem (December 6)

Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem (December 6)   THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. Old challenges ...
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Statement on the Latest D.P.R.K. Missile Launch (November 28)

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Statement from the President on the Terrorist Attack in New York City (October 31)

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Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Defense and Security Cooperation Working Group (September 12)

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The United States Urges Russia to Respect Georgia’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity (August 9)

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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Signing the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (August 2)

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Statement by the President (August 2)

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Second Lady Karen Pence to Meet with Art Therapists in Eastern Europe (July 27)

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Statement on American Citizens Unjustly Detained in Iran (July 21)

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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Liberation of Mosul (July 10)

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Background Briefing on the Ceasefire in Syria (July 7)

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Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to Estonia, Georgia, and Montenegro (June 29)

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan (June 25)

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Remarks by President Trump and President Poroshenko of Ukraine (June 20)

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Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Tehran (June 7)

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United States Condemns Attacks in London (June 3)

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Statement on the Abduction and Arrest of Afgan Mukhtarli (June 3)

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Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord (June 1)

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Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Baghdad (May 30)

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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan (May 26)

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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Attack in Egypt (May 26)

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Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on Democracy and Governance (May 23)

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Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development Fact Sheet: FY 2018 Budget Request (May 23)

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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (May 10)

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia (May 10)

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili (May 8)

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Secretary Tillerson’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov (May 5)

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Statement on Russia, Turkey, and Iran’s De-Escalation Zones Plan for Syria (May 4)

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World Press Freedom Day (May 3)

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation (May 2)

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Statement on Syria Bombing (April 15)

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United States Condemns Illegitimate Elections and Referenda in Georgia’s Occupied Territories (April 7)

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Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria, Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson (April 4)

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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on chemical attack in Syria (April 4)

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Background Briefing on the Effort to Defeat ISIS (April 4)

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The United States Condemns the Attack in St. Petersburg, Russia (April 3)

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Helsinki Commission Statement on Territorial Integrity of Georgia (March 30)

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Statement: United States Condemns Planned Illegitimate Referendum in South Ossetia (February 14)

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Statement by National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn on Iran (February 3)

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