On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On World Humanitarian Day, we honor the humanitarian aid workers who have sacrificed so much to protect and assist the world’s most vulnerable populations.  We commend the bravery and compassion of those who put the welfare of others before their own.  We are grateful for humanitarians around ...
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Protests in the Karakalpakstan Autonomous Region in Uzbekistan

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States expresses its concern over the recent events in Karakalpakstan and urges all parties to seek a peaceful resolution to these tensions and refrain from violence. We express our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. We also extend our sympathies to those who were injured. We support Uzbekistan’s ...
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U.S. Delegation Meeting with Taliban Representatives

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON On June 29 and 30, Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West led another senior interagency delegation including representatives from the Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue discussions with senior Taliban representatives and technocratic professionals in Doha, Qatar. The United States expressed condolences for the loss of life ...
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Mark Frerichs’ Second Year of Captivity in Afghanistan

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Tomorrow marks two years since U.S. Navy veteran Mark Frerichs was taken hostage. Mark is a civil engineer who was helping with construction projects for the benefit of the Afghan people when he was taken captive.  Despite his innocence, he remains held hostage by the Taliban and its affiliates. The United ...
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Joint Statement on Reports of Summary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, ...
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On the Occasion of International Anticorruption Day and International Human Rights Day

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON On the occasion of International Anticorruption Day and International Human Rights Day, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury announced sanctions designations and visa restrictions on perpetrators of corruption and serious human rights abuse.  Below is a summary of  these actions taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 and Section 7031(c) of ...
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The United States Welcomes Major Milestone in Afghanistan Peace Negotiations

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the Agreement announced today by the negotiating teams from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.  This Agreement is a major milestone in the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations that have been underway since September 12, 2020. The Agreement codifies the rules and procedures the two ...
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U.S. Reinforces Commitment to Secure, Stable, Democratic, and Self-Reliant Afghanistan at 2020 Conference

The United States participated in the 2020 Afghanistan Conference on November 23-24, the sixth quadrennial gathering to coordinate international development support for Afghanistan. The conference was hosted virtually by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. At the conference, the United States ...
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On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan (March 23)

On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan (March 23) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is proud of our partnership with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghan people, and admires what Afghanistan has achieved since 2001. We have forged a deep bond, especially with Afghan security forces, through shared sacrifice in responding to threats to international peace ...
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