World Environment Day 2020

World Environment Day 2020 June 5 marks World Environment Day, reminding us that pollution knows no national boundaries; mercury is found in fish from the Gulf Coast to the Arctic, airborne particulates travel thousands of miles, and environmental impacts are felt by people across the globe, from Alaskan Native Villages to urban centers in Kenya …

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U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation donates vehicles to Mtskheta and Dusheti municipalities (June 6)

U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation donates vehicles to Mtskheta and Dusheti municipalities (June 6) The U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), through the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance (HA) Program, donated several heavy duty vehicles to the Mtskheta and Dusheti Municipalities. Four units of heavy and light equipment (road grader, forklift, …

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“We train together – we fight together”. Joint Georgian and U.S. military preparation efforts and training before deploying (June 5)

“We train together – we fight together”. Joint Georgian and U.S. military preparation efforts and training before deploying (June 5) Did you know that before their deployment to Afghanistan, Georgian soldiers train with U.S. Marines for months in Georgia? Today approximately 600 Georgian soldiers and 50 U.S. Marines are beginning their culminating exercise before deployment. …

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Virtual Pacific Islands Dialogue on COVID-19 Assistance (June 4)

Virtual Pacific Islands Dialogue on COVID-19 Assistance (June 4)   The United States and Taiwan are enhancing our important cooperation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We want countries around the world to benefit from the generous contributions and impressive expertise that Taiwan—a vibrant democracy and a force for good—brings to the global community, and improve the health and welfare …

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Joint Communique by Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group (June 4)

Joint Communique by Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group (June 4)   At the invitation of Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio and U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, the Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS Small Group met virtually today to reaffirm our shared …

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Secretary Pompeo delivered opening remarks at the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’s Small Group (June 4)

Secretary Pompeo delivered opening remarks at the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’s Small Group (June 4) Secretary Pompeo Shares Remarks during Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Today, Secretary Pompeo delivered opening remarks at the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’s Small Group. Posted by U.S. Department of State on Thursday, June 4, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you, Foreign Minister Di Maio.  Luigi, …

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The U.S. fights Coronavirus worldwide (June 4) [rolling updates]

The U.S. fights Coronavirus worldwide (June 4) [rolling updates]   Meet Rebecca! She said the coronavirus has come at a time when the drought was already affecting her family. Now life for them is even more difficult. Find out how @USAID is helping Rebecca & over 1.8 million other Zimbabweans cope during #COVID19 https://t.co/wuGsuiINjH — USAID (@USAID) June 3, 2020 A …

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Volunteers from Georgian community in U.S., as well as Georgian Embassy in Washington, prepare, deliver, and serve Supra for patient battling leukemia

Volunteers from Georgian community in the U.S., as well as the Georgian Embassy in Washington, prepare, deliver, and serve Georgian Supra for patient battling leukemia in Ohio (June 4) U.S. Embassy Tbilisi wishes to express its appreciation to members of the Georgian community in the United States, as well as the Georgian Embassy in Washington, …

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Fulfilling the President’s Generous Commitment to Provide Critical Medical Supplies Across the Globe (June 4)

Fulfilling the President’s Generous Commitment to Provide Critical Medical Supplies Across the Globe (June 4) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance for more than a half century, saving lives all over the planet. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have truly mobilized …

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Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Recovery (June 3)

Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Recovery (June 3)   Today, Vice President Mike Pence led a discussion with the chief executives of approximately 50 States, territories, and the city of Washington, DC, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to update our Nation’s governors on local, State, and Federal …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Partners on COVID-19 (June 3)

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Partners on COVID-19 (June 3) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, and the Republic of Korea. Secretary Pompeo and his counterparts discussed the importance of continued close coordination in response to the …

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Iran’s regime spends billions to limit citizens’ internet access (June 3)

Iran’s regime spends billions to limit citizens’ internet access (June 3)   Iran’s regime has spent at least $4.5 billion to build a domestic intranet that would further tighten restrictions on everyday Iranians’ internet access. The regime has long blocked thousands of web sites. Now the government is seeking greater control over content through a …

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31st Anniversary of  Tiananmen Square (June 3)

31st Anniversary of  Tiananmen Square (June 3)   Today we honor the brave Chinese people whose peaceful calls for democracy, human rights, and a corruption-free society came to a violent end when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sent the People’s Liberation Army into Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, armed with tanks and guns. While the Tiananmen …

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Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom (June 2)

Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom (June 2)   By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  (a)  Religious freedom, America’s first freedom, is a moral and national security imperative.  Religious freedom for all people worldwide is …

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A historic first, NASA sends astronauts to space aboard private craft (June 1)

A historic first, NASA sends astronauts to space aboard private craft (June 1)   NASA launched two U.S. astronauts aboard a spacecraft made by a private American company May 30. The craft successfully docked to the International Space Station on May 31. It was the first time in history that astronauts entered Earth’s orbit in …

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Statement by the President (June 1)

Statement by the President (June 1)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  My fellow Americans: My first and highest duty as President is to defend our great country and the American people.  I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation, and that is exactly what I will do. All Americans were …

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Celebrating Police Day (May 31)

Celebrating Police Day (May 31) Police officers do a difficult job, often in hazardous circumstances. Most of these brave men and women face daily dangers and spend sleepless nights on duty to keep us all safe. In difficult times, we rest easy knowing they will always answer our call. Today we are joining Georgia in …

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U.S. Embassy congratulates Georgian Police in Celebrating Police Day (May 31)

U.S. Embassy congratulates Georgian Police in Celebrating Police Day (May 31) On May 27, Ambassador Degnan presented a certificate of appreciation to Minister of Internal Affairs Vakhtang Gomelauri to congratulate the Ministry on Police Day and demonstrate the respect and gratitude of the U.S. Embassy for the support and achievements of the Ministry and its …

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Remarks by President Trump After Viewing SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2 Launch (May 30)

Remarks by President Trump After Viewing SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2 Launch (May 30)   Kennedy Space Center Cape Canaveral, Florida 3:25 P.M. EDT Q    Mr. President, what did you think?THE PRESIDENT:  It’s incredible — the technology, the power.  I’m so proud of the people at NASA — all the people that worked together, public and …

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USAID Supporting Georgia to Combat COVID, Build Resilience, and Prepare for Economic Recovery (May 29)

USAID Supporting Georgia to Combat COVID, Build Resilience, and Prepare for Economic Recovery (May 29)   By Peter Wiebler, USAID/Georgia Mission Director Over nearly 30 years, the United States and Georgia have built a partnership based on shared values, common strategic interests, and the mutual benefits of cooperation. The United States Agency for International Development …

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Iranian regime official authorized police to kill protesters (May 29)

Iranian regime official authorized police to kill protesters (May 29)   A senior Iranian regime official authorized lethal force against peaceful protesters during nationwide demonstrations last November, leading to the killing of many civilians, including children, U.S. officials said. On May 20, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced sanctions against the Iranian regime’s …

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NASA names telescope for pioneering female astronomer (May 29)

NASA names telescope for pioneering female astronomer (May 29) By Lauren Monsen NASA, the U.S. space agency, will name its next-generation space telescope in honor of Nancy Grace Roman. Roman (1925–2018) was the agency’s first chief astronomer and was dubbed the “Mother of the  Hubble Space Telescope ” by her colleagues. She joined the agency in 1959 and created its …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19 (May 29)

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19 (May 29) The United States continues to lead in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, illustrated by recent announcements of new foreign assistance that are made possible through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action. The American people have given more …

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In Defense of Democracy in Venezuela (May 29)

In Defense of Democracy in Venezuela (May 29)   The United States reaffirms our commitment to Venezuela’s legitimate National Assembly and the 100 deputies across all party lines under interim President Guaido’s leadership, who daily face threats and intimidation by the illegitimate former Maduro regime. We strongly condemn the illegitimate former Maduro regime’s most recent …

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This Week in Iran Policy (May 29)

This Week in Iran Policy (May 29)   “President Trump’s maximum pressure campaign has constrained and countered Iran in unprecedented ways. We have deprived the clerical rulers of vast amounts of revenue. We have disrupted their financial networks and their sectarian networks. Because of our pressure, Iran’s leaders are facing a decision: either negotiate with …

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Lifting arms embargo on Iran will fuel regime’s terrorism (May 28)

Lifting arms embargo on Iran will fuel regime’s terrorism (May 28) The United States will not allow a 13-year arms embargo on the Iranian regime to expire and, if necessary, will use authority under an existing U.N. resolution to keep the restrictions in place. In a May 13 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. Special …

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U.S. collaborates with international community on COVID-19 [video] (May 27)

U.S. collaborates with international community on COVID-19 (May 27)   The U.S. is working as part of the  international community  to discover treatment options, share research and build partnerships to defeat COVID-19. The American  private sectoracademic institutions  and government facilities are joining their allies and building unbreakable ties in their unified fight against the new coronavirus.

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

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Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook And Assistant Secretary for International Security and No

Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to Secretary Brian Hook And Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Dr. Christopher A. Ford on Keeping the World Safe from Iran’s Nuclear Program (May 27)   MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you so much, and thanks, everybody, for the second call of the day late in …

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

Keeping the World Safe from Iran’s Nuclear Program (May 27)   Today, I am announcing the end of the sanctions waiver covering all remaining JCPOA-originating nuclear projects in Iran – the Arak reactor conversion, the provision of enriched uranium for the Tehran Research Reactor, and the export of Iran’s spent and scrap research reactor fuel. …

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

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

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Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’s Small Group (May 27)

Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’s Small Group (May 27)   U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo looks forward to co-hosting, with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, a virtual meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on June 4 to review next steps in the …

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Hon. Paul Packer, Chairman of the United States Commission For the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad congratulates Georgians on Indep (May 26)

Hon. Paul Packer, Chairman of the United States Commission For the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad congratulates Georgians on Independence Day (May 26)   Greetings from New York. I am Paul Packer, Chairman of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. Scripture tells us to love the stranger, for once we …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan offers heartfelt congratulations to the people of Georgia on the 102nd anniversary of Georgian Independence (May 26)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan offers heartfelt congratulations to the people of Georgia on the 102nd anniversary of Georgian Independence (May 26)     On behalf of the United States Embassy, I am pleased today to offer my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Georgia on your Independence Day. Georgia and the United States share a …

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Georgia National Day (May 26)

Georgia National Day (May 26) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, 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 have a strong strategic partnership built upon shared values and a deep love of freedom, independence, and unity. The United States remains …

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This Week in Iran Policy (May 22)

This Week in Iran Policy (May 22)   “Our maximum pressure campaign also entails demanding that the regime in Tehran treat its own people with respect and dignity.  Today, the United States announces that it is imposing sanctions on 12 Iranian individuals and entities under human rights authorities.” -Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Podium Briefing, …

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U.S. Participates in the International Donors Conference in Solidarity with the Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants (May 22)

U.S. Participates in the International Donors Conference in Solidarity with the Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants (May 22)   Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Carol Thompson O’Connell will lead the U.S. delegation to the May 26 International Donors Conference in Solidarity with the Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants, …

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Iran’s Assassinations and Terrorist Activity Abroad (May 22)

Iran’s Assassinations and Terrorist Activity Abroad (May 22)   “The Iranian regime also continues to export cruelty outside its own borders.  Last week, an Iranian dissident, Massoud Molavi, was assassinated in Istanbul after he defected to Turkey from Iran.  The killing of Mr. Molavi is yet another tragic example in a long string of suspected …

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

U.S. leads world in intellectual property protection (May 21)   The United States, the world’s largest economy, sets the standard for protecting inventors, creators and entrepreneurs, ranking first in a global intellectual property index. That is the conclusion of the 2020  International Intellectual Property Index , released by the Global Innovation Policy Center, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber …

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Briefing With Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy on U.S. Support for Combating COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa (May 21)

Briefing With Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy on U.S. Support for Combating COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa (May 21)   MR BROWN:  Thank you.  Good morning, everyone.  Welcome to this on-the-record briefing with our Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs Tibor Nagy, who has one of the very best names in the …

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

U.S. faith-based groups fight COVID-19 worldwide (May 20)   U.S. donors of all major religions are helping fight COVID-­19 at home and abroad. The United States’ diverse religious communities are setting up emergency hospitals, trucking meals across the country, and supporting small businesses around the world. In early April,  faith-based humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse  set up an emergency field hospital …

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Iran struggles with economy broken by regime failures (May 20)

Iran struggles with economy broken by regime failures (May 20)   The Iranian regime is struggling to avoid economic disaster after the regime’s years of economic mismanagement and terrorist financing. More than 7 million Iranians have lost their jobs or been furloughed during the COVID-19 crisis, regime spokesman Ali Rabiei recently acknowledged, according to Voice …

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Ambassador Degnan’s opening remarks during her virtual press conference (May 20)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan’s opening remarks during her virtual press conference (May 20) Gamarjoba, and thank you for joining us today for this virtual press conference. I’m pleased to speak to you after my first 3 months in Georgia about the relationship between our two countries and the assistance the United States is providing, especially …

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The United States Designates Company Providing Services for Iranian Airline Mahan Air’s Operations in China (May 19)

The United States Designates Company Providing Services for Iranian Airline Mahan Air’s Operations in China (May 19)   The People’s Republic of China is one of the rapidly dwindling number of countries that welcomes Mahan Air, which ferries weapons and terrorists around the world for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Such cooperation has consequences. Today, …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19 (May 19)

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19 (May 19)   Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American people have given more than $10 billion that will benefit the global COVID-19 …

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How to prevent another failure of democracy in Venezuela (May 18)

How to prevent another failure of democracy in Venezuela (May 18)   It’s been two years since the illegitimate election of Nicolás Maduro, during which time Venezuela has plunged into even greater turmoil and suffering. Within five days of the May 20, 2018, election, 46 countries declared the results illegitimate, according to the  Electoral Integrity Project . The …

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Media Advisory – Ambassador Degnan’s Virtual Press Conference

Media Advisory – Ambassador Degnan’s Virtual Press Conference   EVENT: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is pleased to invite you to a live, virtual press conference primarily focused on U.S. response to COVID-19 in Georgia, with Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 20 from 14:00-15:00.  It will begin promptly at 1400 with …

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DTRA Donates $500,000 in Personal Protective Equipment to Assist Georgia’s Response to COVID-19 (May 18)

This month the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) delivered nearly $500,000 in personal protective equipment to the Georgian Border Police, Emergency Management Services, State Laboratory of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Internal Affairs. This equipment included goggles, safety shields, disinfection spray, respirator units, infrared thermometers, and coverall suits. This assistance will help …

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U.S. scientists collaborate in worldwide search for COVID-19 cure (May 18)

U.S. scientists collaborate in worldwide search for COVID-19 cure (May 18)   U.S. researchers are joining forces with scientists around the world to find solutions that will end the COVID-19 pandemic. The collaboration ranges from experiments to adapt a measles vaccine to prevent COVID-19 to efforts to understand how the human immune system’s antibodies attack …

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Joint Statement by the Facilitators of the Political Dialogue (May 15)

Joint Statement by the Facilitators of the Political Dialogue (May 15)   We welcome today’s decision by the President of Georgia to use her constitutional powers in the interest of political de-polarisation and creating a political environment more conducive to a free, fair and transparent electoral process. We, as facilitators of the political dialogue, consider …

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U.S. researchers map COVID-19 cases to predict future needs (May 15)

U.S. researchers map COVID-19 cases to predict future needs (May 15) Researchers from the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute have won a $10 million, five-year computing grant from the U.S. government’s National Science Foundation in order to map cases of the new coronavirus and anticipate how communities will be affected. The institute’s researchers develop technologies …

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U.S. Embassy donates Test Kits and Personal Protection Equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (May 15)

U.S. Embassy donates Test Kits and Personal Protection Equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (May 15)   Today Ambassador Degnan joined Minister Tikaradze in welcoming the arrival of high caliber testing equipment and materials to conduct 4,000 gold-standard RT-PCR tests, as well as almost $20,000 in personal protective equipment, donated by the U.S. …

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Remarks by President Trump on Vaccine Development (May 15)

Remarks by President Trump on Vaccine Development (May 15)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much.  It’s very hot today.  Please, sit down.  This is going to be a very hot one, and we apologize to everybody out there that’s going to suffer through it.  But you know what?  It’s better …

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Handover of Field Hospital Tents to the Emergency Management Service of Georgia (May 15)

Handover of Field Hospital Tents to the Emergency Management Service of Georgia (May 15) Today, May 14th, the Disaster Risk Reduction Center of the Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG), supported by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Zrda activity, provided medical tents to the Emergency Management Service to support Georgia’s response …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s virtual reunion with WiSci participants (May 14)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s virtual reunion with WiSci participants (May 14) On May 14, Ambassador Degnan kicked off the first virtual Women in Science (WiSci) alumni reunion bringing together students from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the United States. The U.S. Embassy has proudly supported Georgian high school girls’ engagement in the international STEM summer camp for …

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United States Publishes a Global Maritime Advisory to Counter Sanctions Evasion by Iran, North Korea, and Syria (May 14)

United States Publishes a Global Maritime Advisory to Counter Sanctions Evasion by Iran, North Korea, and Syria (May 14)   The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a global advisory to alert the maritime industry, and those active in …

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The United States Condemns Attempts by PRC-Affiliated Actors to Steal American COVID-19 Research (May 14)

The United States Condemns Attempts by PRC-Affiliated Actors to Steal American COVID-19 Research (May 14) The United States condemns attempts by cyber actors and non-traditional collectors affiliated with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to steal U.S. intellectual property and data related to COVID-19 research, as announced in a May 13, 2020 warning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation …

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Briefing With Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback On COVID-19 Impact on Religious Minorities (May 14)

Briefing With Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback On COVID-19 Impact on Religious Minorities (May 14)   MS ORTAGUS: Thank you very much and good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us for this on-the-record briefing to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on religious minorities throughout the world. Just a reminder that this call is …

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Scholars from U.S. exchange program fight COVID-19 (May 13)

Scholars from U.S. exchange program fight COVID-19 (May 13)   Scholars around the world who have been part of the  State Department’s Fulbright Program  are using their experience to help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fulbright Program, in partnership with more than 160 countries, gives students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists of all backgrounds the opportunity to …

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Iranian regime’s history of provocations continues (May 13)

Iranian regime’s history of provocations continues (May 13)   The Iranian regime’s seizure of a Hong Kong-flagged tanker and harassment of U.S. forces in April are the latest in its pattern of violence. Over the past year, the regime or its proxies have downed a U.S. drone, attacked oil fields in Saudi Arabia and shelled …

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

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

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Indo-Pacific Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)

Indo-Pacific Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)   As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for …

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Transatlantic Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)

Transatlantic Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)   As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for …

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North American Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)

North American Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)   As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning …

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U.S. company uses drones to deliver COVID-19 tests in Ghana (May 12)

U.S. company uses drones to deliver COVID-19 tests in Ghana (May 12)   An American company based in California is using drones to transport COVID-19 tests between rural Ghana and two of the country’s main cities. Zipline International Inc. is one example of the many  private U.S. companies  that are stepping forward to address the coronavirus crisis internationally. …

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U.S. businesses support COVID-19 response [video] (May 12)

U.S. businesses support COVID-19 response (May 12)   American businesses, both  large  and  small , are rapidly shifting their production lines to  respond to demands for products  that help combat the new coronavirus. Watch this video to learn more about how American workers are helping medical personnel and citizens stay protected against COVID-19.

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Condemning Heinous Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan Today (May 12)

Condemning Heinous Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan Today (May 12)   The United States condemns in the strongest terms the two horrific terrorist attacks in Afghanistan today. In an unconscionable assault, gunmen seized one of Kabul’s busiest hospitals, which housed a maternity ward run by Doctors Without Borders. In the hospital, the terrorists took the lives …

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The United States Has Built the World’s Leading Coronavirus Testing System (May 11)

The United States Has Built the World’s Leading Coronavirus Testing System (May 11)   We built the most advanced and robust testing anywhere in the world, and we’ve done more testing than any country anywhere in the world. President Donald J. Trump PROVIDING TESTING RESOURCES: President Donald J. Trump is working tirelessly to ensure that …

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Iranian regime profits from Maduro’s stolen gold (May 11)

Iranian regime profits from Maduro’s stolen gold (May 11) Mahan Air, Iran’s largest commercial airline, has been flying to Venezuela and leaving with tons of gold bars that the Maduro regime has stolen from the Venezuelan people, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said. “These flights must stop, and countries should do their part to …

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Joint Statement by the Facilitators of the Political Dialogue (May 11)

Joint Statement by the Facilitators of the Political Dialogue (May 11) The March 8 agreement was a historic achievement by the political forces of Georgia, intended to depolarize Georgia’s political system and create a better environment for the October parliamentary elections following the failure of promised constitutional amendments to move to fully proportional parliamentary elections …

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Leading the World Against Iran’s Threats (May 9)

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Message from Ambassador Kelly Degnan – New U.S. Support for Georgia’s Response to COVID-19 (May 8)

Message from Ambassador Kelly Degnan – New U.S. Support for Georgia’s Response to COVID-19 (May 8) Welcome to my home. I’m teleworking today to comply with the guidance from Georgia’s public health experts to maintain social distancing. It is encouraging news that Georgia is gradually able to open some businesses. I know we are all …

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Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (May 8)

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (May 8) Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe.  Today, we celebrate the forces of freedom who defeated tyranny and emerged victorious in that monumental …

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Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) (May 8)

Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) (May 8)   Today we mark 75 years since the end of hostilities in Europe in the Second World War.  We pay tribute today to all those who stood up for humanity and freedom in the face of tyranny, and we honor the sacrifices …

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Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center Update on PRC Efforts to Push Disinformation and Propaganda around COVID (May 8)

Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center Update on PRC Efforts to Push Disinformation and Propaganda around COVID (May 8)   MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you very much.  Good morning, everyone.  Thank you for joining us early on this on-the-record briefing, which is embargoed, please, until the end of the call.  This is an update …

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Briefing With Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper on the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Support for Global COVID

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This Week in Iran Policy (May 8)

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USAID launches new grants program to support Georgian agriculture (February 26)

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