Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Meeting on Ukrainian Sovereignty and Russian Accountability

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK, NEW YORK SECRETARY BLINKEN:  (Via interpreter) Thank you very much, Madam President, for having brought this council together at this very grave moment of the crisis of the war of Russia on Ukraine. (In English) Mr. Secretary General, thank you for your determination and the ...
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Welcoming Prisoner Exchanges in Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the negotiated prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia, which includes two U.S. citizens captured while serving in Ukraine’s military.  The United States is appreciative of Ukraine including all prisoners of war, regardless of nationality, in its negotiations, and we look forward to these ...
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$600 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Together with our Allies and partners, we are delivering the arms and equipment that Ukraine’s forces are utilizing so effectively as they continue their successful counter-offensive against Russia’s invasion.  President Biden has been clear we will support the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes. ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Before Meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY:  (Via interpreter)  Dear State Secretary, colleagues, first and foremost, I would like to extend words of gratitude for your visit and the visit of your team.  It sends a very important signal that confirms the leadership support and the leadership positions of the United States, in ...
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Arrival of Wheat-Carrying Brave Commander to East Africa from Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the arrival in Djibouti of 23,300 metric tons of Ukrainian grain aboard the ship Brave Commander. This grain will be distributed within Ethiopia and Somalia, countries that are dangerously food insecure after four years of drought. The United States is grateful for the important ...
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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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Targeting Russia’s Global Malign Influence Operations and Election Interference Activities

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Russian Federation has demonstrated determination in its attempts to undermine the democratic processes and institutions essential to the functioning of our democracy and that of other countries.  It is crucial for our democracy, and democracies around the globe, to hold free and fair elections without malign ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Azerbaijani President Aliyev

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The Secretary and President Aliyev discussed Azerbaijan and Armenia’s historic opportunity to achieve peace in the region. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ offer of assistance in helping facilitate the opening of regional ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Gavrilita

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita in Washington, DC. Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Gavrilita discussed continued U.S. assistance to support Moldova’s democratic reform agenda, energy security, and its humanitarian response to Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. The ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita Before Their Meeting

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE TREATY ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  It’s a real pleasure to welcome the prime minister of Moldova here to the State Department.  The United States is, in fact, trying to return a little bit of the hospitality of the prime minister and the president showed me in ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting With Ukraine’s First Lady Zelenska

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukraine’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska, in Washington, D.C.  The Secretary emphasized the United States’ comprehensive and enduring commitment to support Ukraine’s victory in Russia’s unjust and unprovoked war.  The Secretary and First Lady Zelenska spoke about the ...
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$400 million in New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Ukrainian people continue to courageously defend their nation in the face of Russia’s unlawful and unprovoked invasion. The United States salutes their bravery, and we will stand by them as long as it takes. Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, I am authorizing our fifteenth ...
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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we solemnly observe the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, and in so doing, the United States reaffirms our condemnation of torture no matter where or by whom it is perpetrated.  Torture is not only an unacceptable violation of human rights; it is a ...
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The 33rd Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Tomorrow, we commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, where tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors peacefully joined together to call for democracy, accountability, freedom, and rule of law.  The 50-day protest ended abruptly on June 4, 1989, with a brutal assault by ...
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United States Targets the DPRK’s Ballistic Missile and Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK’s) series of escalatory ballistic missile launches – including six intercontinental ballistic missile tests this year alone – are in blatant violation of UN Security Council resolutions and pose a grave threat to regional stability and international peace and security. Today, the United ...
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Georgia’s National Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the United States of America, I wish the people of Georgia a happy Independence Day. The Georgian people understand deeply the value of independence and freedom.  Despite Russia’s ongoing occupation of 20 percent of Georgia, the people of Georgia have shown a firm determination to pursue ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below 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 May 15 meeting in Berlin.  The two leaders discussed ongoing diplomatic efforts to address the consequences of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine and to hold ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.  The Secretary and the Prime Minister discussed the positive momentum toward peace in the South Caucasus.  Secretary Blinken offered the United States’ assistance with border delimitation and demarcation efforts and encouraged progress ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Colonna

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna to congratulate her on her appointment and discuss some of the pressing global issues the United States and France are confronting together. The Secretary and Foreign Minister Colonna agreed ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with UN Secretary-General Guterres

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today in New York City with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to discuss President Putin’s brutal war against Ukraine and its devastating effects on global food security. They discussed the Secretary-General’s visit in April to Kyiv and Moscow, noted concerns regarding ...
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$100 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE For nearly 12 weeks, Russia has waged its unprovoked and brutal war against Ukraine, its sovereignty, its territorial integrity, and its people.  Beaten back from its failed attempt to seize Kyiv, Russia continues a grinding offensive across Ukraine’s south and east.  Ukraine’s courageous defense forces remain firmly in the ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At a Roundtable on Humanitarian Assistance in Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE LOTTE THE PALACE NEW YORK NEW YORK, NEW YORK SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Liz, thank you.  Thank you for those truly overly generous words.  But the one part of that that’s true is that we’ve had a relationship going back many, many years (inaudible).  It’s something that I’ve had the opportunity ...
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Raising the Flag at U.S. Embassy Kyiv

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Three months ago, we lowered our flag over the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, just days before Russian forces streamed across Ukraine’s border to carry out President Putin’s unprovoked, unjustified war of choice.  When we suspended operations at the embassy, we made the point clear: while we ...
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Joint Statement on the Meeting of Secretary Blinken and Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the text of a joint statement released by the Governments of the United States and Turkey. Begin text:  U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu met in New York on May 18 within the framework of the U.S.-Turkey Strategic Mechanism to reaffirm their strong cooperation ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  It’s a great pleasure to be back in Europe to continue intensive coordination with allies and partners on some of the most urgent issues facing our countries, and that begins with today’s NATO meetings.  And I want to especially thank Secretary General Stoltenberg for his leadership, the deputy secretary general of NATO, ...
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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 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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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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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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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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$800 Million in Additional U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Against tremendous odds, with extraordinary courage, and in the face of Russia’s relentless brutality against civilians, Ukraine’s forces are regaining ground, as Russian forces retreat from Kyiv and the surrounding region.  Still, Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, unjustified, and brutal war against Ukraine is far from over.  Russia is ...
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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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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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Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is providing over $186 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support internally displaced persons and the more than three million refugees affected by Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war in Ukraine.  This will provide further support for humanitarian organizations responding to the crisis and ...
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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 by phone today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to offer continued support to the people and government of Ukraine and to condemn the Russian Federation’s ongoing attacks on Ukrainian cities, which have caused increasing civilian deaths. Secretary Blinken and ...
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$200 Million in New Security Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The people of Ukraine are inspiring the world as they defend their country from Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified invasion of their country. The United States and our Allies and partners stand in solidarity with the people and government of Ukraine in the face of the Kremlin’s ...
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Continuing to Hold the Kremlin to Account

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE With our allies and partners, the United States is committed to ensuring the Government of the Russian Federation pays a severe economic and diplomatic price for its invasion of Ukraine. We have continued to do so today with additional actions, which President Biden announced. Specifically, the Administration ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with French President Macron

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Secretary Blinken and President Macron agreed on the need for continued strong U.S.-France cooperation in the face of the Russian government’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. They discussed ongoing efforts to provide ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Moldovan Foreign Minister Natalia Gavrilita Before Their Meeting

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE GOVERNMENT HOUSE CHISINAU, MOLDOVA PRIME MINISTER GAVRILITA:  Dear Secretary of State Blinken, welcome to Chisinau.  I’m sure we would have all loved to have met under different circumstances and for your visit to have occurred on a more positive occasion.  Yet precisely because our region has been plunged into ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Georgian President Zourabichvili

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili about the global response to the Russian government’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine and about Russia’s continuing occupation of Georgia. The Secretary expressed appreciation for the people of Georgia and President Zourabichvili’s ...
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Department of State Presence in Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today the Department of State is again taking action for the safety and security of U.S. citizens, including our personnel.  For security reasons, Department of State personnel currently in Lviv will spend the night in Poland.  Our personnel will regularly return to continue their diplomatic work in Ukraine and ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian Before Their Meeting

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HOTEL BAYERISCHER HOF MUNICH, GERMANY SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good morning, everyone.  It’s a particular pleasure to be able to spend some time with my good friend Jean-Yves Le Drian and for us to be able to compare notes on many different issues, the first of which, of course, is the ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with French Foreign Minister Le Drian

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian today on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference to discuss ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts by NATO Allies, EU partners, G7 members, and other partners in response to the crisis Russia has ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Trilateral Meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Payne and UK Foreign Secretary Truss on AUKUS

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss held a trilateral meeting today on the margins of the Munich Security Conference.  In particular, they discussed progress made in implementing initiatives within the AUKUS trilateral security partnership, which is ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Ekaterina Kotrikadze of Dozhd TV

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MUNICH MARRIOTT HOTEL MUNICH, GERMANY QUESTION:  First of all, thank you so much, Mr. Secretary.  It’s a really important opportunity to us.  And the first question is about the war, actually.  President Biden has mentioned that Vladimir Putin has already made a decision.  Also, we have heard that Defense ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Estonian Foreign Minister Liimets

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met yesterday with Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets.  Secretary Blinken underscored our strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the face of a growing military threat from Russia.  Secretary Blinken reaffirmed U.S. commitment to the security of ...
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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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Russian Duma Resolution on Eastern Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Russian Duma has stated that it plans to send to President Putin an appeal to recognize the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics as “independent.” To be clear: Kremlin approval of this appeal would amount to the Russian government’s wholesale rejection of its commitments under the ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Germany

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Munich, Germany, from February 17 to 20, 2022 to attend the Munich Security Conference. On the sidelines of the Conference, the Secretary will have the opportunity to discuss with Allies and partners our coordinated, ongoing efforts to urge Russia to deescalate and ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Secretary reiterated the U.S. commitment to continue to pursue a diplomatic solution to the crisis Moscow has precipitated. He stated that the United States looks forward to receiving Russia’s written response to ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Sonia Dridi of France 24

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. QUESTION: (Via translation)  Thank you again, Mr. Secretary, for this interview, as you have just held a ministerial meeting to coordinate global efforts in the fight against COVID.  Why hold such a meeting at this time?  What are the concerns?  What commitments were made by the United States ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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.  The Secretary noted the United States and partners remain united in our commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including its economic and financial stability.  ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about continued coordination of the Transatlantic response to ongoing Russian threats against Ukraine. Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to close cooperation and consultation with Allies and partners. He underscored the U.S. ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. They discussed Russia’s military buildup along Ukraine’s borders and steps Ukraine and the United States are taking to encourage Russia to pursue diplomacy over war and ensure security and stability. The ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Dana Bash of CNN State of the Union

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. QUESTION:  Joining me now to talk about all this is Secretary of State Antony Blinken.  Thank you so much for joining me.  Let’s start with that new British intelligence that the Russian Government is planning to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine.  Does the U.S. agree with that view? SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, Dana, ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Margaret Brennan of CBS Face the Nation

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. QUESTION:  Secretary of State Antony Blinken is just back from consultations with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and he joins us this morning from the State Department.  Good morning.  Mr. Secretary, these all look like signs of escalation. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, there is a path of diplomacy and dialogue, which is clearly the ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Chuck Todd of NBC Meet the Press

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. QUESTION:  Joining me now is the Secretary of State.  Secretary Blinken, welcome back to Meet the Press, sir. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thanks, Chuck.  Good to be with you. QUESTION:  Let’s start with that intelligence from the British.  How reliable is it, as far as you’re concerned, and ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Joly

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly to discuss the latest developments in Ukraine.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Joly spoke about our shared concerns regarding the threat Russia poses to Ukraine and efforts to encourage Russia to choose diplomacy and de-escalation. Secretary Blinken stressed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and our ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.  Noting shared concerns regarding Russia’s ongoing and unprovoked military build-up in and around Ukraine, the Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed outcomes and next steps following the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue in ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at a Joint Press Availability

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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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today to discuss their shared concern about Russia’s military build-up on the borders of Ukraine. They discussed NATO’s dual-track approach to Russia, noting the Alliance remains ready for meaningful dialogue with Russia while standing united to defend and ...
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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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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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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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Russia Conducts Destructive Anti-Satellite Missile Test

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On November 15, 2021, the Russian Federation recklessly conducted a destructive test of a direct-ascent anti-satellite missile against one of its own satellites. This test has so far generated over fifteen hundred pieces of trackable orbital debris and will likely generate hundreds of thousands of pieces of ...
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On International Day Commemorating Survivors of Religious Persecution

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the International Day Commemorating Survivors of Religious Persecution, we recognize that individuals around the world are harassed, threatened, beaten, imprisoned, and killed for exercising their beliefs.  In some cases, governments have used COVID-19 as a pretext to target members of religious groups, members of civil society, opposition voices, and marginalized communities.  This day serves as ...
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Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Refugee Convention

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

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE This Administration is deeply dedicated to addressing racial injustice and inequities at home and abroad. On the global stage, the United States is leading by example. Last month, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report on racism and police brutality against Africans and people of African ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MS JOHNSTONE: Good afternoon, and welcome. My name is Kari Johnstone. I am the acting director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Thank you all for joining us virtually to mark the release of the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report, or ...
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U.S. Support for the People of Syria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On this World Wildlife Day, we recognize the importance of the world’s forests, which are home to 80 percent of the globe’s terrestrial biodiversity and contribute to the livelihoods of over one billion people.  They also absorb nearly a third of all the planet-warming carbon dioxide emitted globally each ...
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60th Anniversary of the Peace Corps 

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

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

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

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Biden administration has recommitted the United States to a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality. Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision, and in that regard the President has instructed the Department of State to reengage immediately and robustly with ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today. Secretary Blinken and Minister Lavrov discussed the New START extension and the need for new arms control that addresses all of Russia’s nuclear weapons and the growing threat from China. The Secretary reiterated ...
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On the Extension of the New START Treaty with the Russian Federation

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

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is deeply concerned by Russian authorities’ decision to sentence opposition figure Aleksey Navalny to two years and eight months imprisonment, replacing his suspended sentence with jail time. Like every Russian citizen, Mr. Navalny is entitled to the rights provided in the Russian constitution, and Russia has international obligations to respect equality before the ...
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Sanctions on Russian Entity and a Vessel Engaging in the Construction of Nord Stream 2

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

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

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

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns Russia’s decision to arrest Aleksey Navalny. We note with grave concern that his detention is the latest in a series of attempts to silence Navalny and other opposition figures and independent voices who are critical of Russian authorities. Confident political leaders do not fear ...
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Imposing Sanctions on Iranian Entities for Activities Related to Conventional Arms Proliferation PRESS STATEMENT

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

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior (MININT) and Minister of Interior General Lazaro Alberto Álvarez Casas for their connection to serious human rights abuse under Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. MININT is ...
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Ensuring a Transparent, Thorough Investigation of COVID-19’s Origin

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States has repeatedly called for a transparent and thorough investigation into the origin of COVID-19. Understanding the origin of this pandemic is essential for global public health, economic recovery, and international security. To assist the vital work of the World Health Organization (WHO) investigative team that arrived ...
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Sanctioning Russia-linked Disinformation Network for its Involvement in Attempts to Influence U.S. Election

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

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

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

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE President Trump took decisive action last month to protect American investors and pension holders from funding Communist Chinese military companies (CCMCs) through Executive Order (13959) Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Communist Chinese Military Companies.  The Trump Administration is coordinating closely to counter the threat these companies present ...
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Imposing Sanctions and Visa Restrictions on Additional Individuals and Entities Undermining Belarusian Democracy

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is taking action against individuals and entities involved in efforts to undermine Belarusian democracy. Specifically, the U.S. Departments of State and of Treasury have exercised their respective authorities against 40 individuals and four entities involved in electoral fraud and human rights abuses surrounding the fraudulent ...
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Syria Sanctions Designations on the Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 2254

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Five years ago last Friday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2254, firmly laying out the only path for an enduring resolution to the Syrian conflict.  The United States and the vast majority of the international community remain committed to this dignified plan for ending the suffering of the Syrian people. The Assad regime, supported by its enablers and allies, however, refuses to end its needless, brutal war against the Syrian ...
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Additions of Cuban Military-Owned Companies to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added three Cuban military-owned companies to its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List).  All property and interests in property of these entities that are in the United States or in the possession or control of ...
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Additional Restrictions on the Issuance of Visas for People’s Republic of China Officials Engaged in Human Rights Abuses

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE China’s authoritarian rulers impose draconian restrictions on the Chinese people’s freedoms of expression, religion or belief, association, and the right to peaceful assembly.  The United States has been clear that perpetrators of human rights abuses like these are not welcome in our country. Today, I am announcing the imposition ...
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Rocket Attack in Iraq

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States strongly condemns the latest attack by Iran-backed militias on the International Zone in Baghdad.  While no Embassy personnel were harmed, the attack caused at least one Iraqi civilian casualty and damaged Iraqi civilian property.  We wish those hurt a speedy recovery. As Iraq struggles with COVID-19 and an ...
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The Free World’s Leadership Will Defeat COVID-19

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE It has now been a year since China first identified a patient in Wuhan stricken with an unknown pneumonia, now known as COVID-19. Since then, the United States and other free nations, such as Germany and the United Kingdom, have led a remarkable and unprecedented vaccine development effort that ...
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Sanctioning Supporters of Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical Sectors

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Petroleum and petrochemicals are major sources of revenue for the Iranian regime, revenue it employs to oppress the Iranian people and to advance its malign foreign agenda. Today, the Department of State is imposing sanctions on Vietnam Gas and Chemicals Transportation Corporation, a vessel manager, pursuant to Executive Order ...
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The United States Supports the Voices of the Venezuelan People

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE We congratulate the Venezuelan people on the success of the Consulta Popular or “People’s Referendum.”  Millions of Venezuelans came together to raise their voice and demand a democratic future for their country.  In every city and small town in Venezuela, as well as hundreds of sites serving the Venezuelan diaspora abroad, ...
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Russian Influence in the Mediterranean

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in comments at the MED Dialogue, accused the United States of playing political games in the Mediterranean and stalling the appointment of a new UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Libya.  It’s unfortunate and unhelpful that Mr. Lavrov again gets the facts ...
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State Department Terrorist Designation of Saraya al-Mukhtar

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State has designated the Saraya al-Mukhtar group as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order 13224 for posing a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Saraya al-Mukhtar is an Iran-backed ...
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Iran’s Efforts at Intimidation Must Not Be Rewarded

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States condemns the law recently approved by Iran’s Majles and Guardian Council, which is nothing more than the regime’s latest ploy to use its nuclear program to try to intimidate the international community.  If implemented, this law would result in Iran enriching uranium to the dangerous 20% ...
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The President’s National Space Policy

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The  President’s National Space Policy  , released yesterday, outlines America’s principles and goals regarding our national interests and activities in space. The policy reaffirms America’s leadership in outer space, emphasizes the importance of the commercial space sector to economic growth, and reaffirms the importance of all nations acting responsibly for the safety, stability, ...
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The Chinese Communist Party on the American Campus

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE ATLANTA, GEORGIA MR CABRERA:  Good morning.  What a great day.  What an honor to have our Secretary of State with us today to share his views on foreign policy.  And what a great way to inspire many of our own students.  By the way some people they think that ...
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U.S. Welcomes First Meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Leadership Committee

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the formation and the first Leadership Committee meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation today. Afghan leaders across the political spectrum have unified to make decisions and mobilize support for a just and lasting peace.  All sides of the conflict should come together ...
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Sanctions on Iranian Entities Involved in Chemical Weapons Activities of Concern

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States condemns any Iranian regime involvement in a chemical weapons program and will sanction those involved in any such activity. Today, the United States designated Iranian defense entity Shahid Meisami Group and its director, Mehran Babri, under Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass ...
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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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New Sanctions Under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA)

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, the United States sanctioned four entities located in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Russia for supporting Iran’s missile program, under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). We imposed sanctions against Chengdu Best New Materials Co., Ltd. and Zibo Elim ...
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The United States Condemns the Conviction of the Citgo 6

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States unequivocally condemns the wrongful convictions of the Citgo 6, in a proceeding that should be described as a kangaroo court.  After canceling their initial appearance before a judge dozens of times over the last three years, the illegitimate Venezuelan legal system suddenly convicted and sentenced these ...
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Remarks at 2020 Afghanistan Conference

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DAVID HALE, UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale:  Let me begin by thanking the Government of Finland and Special Envoy Taalas; the government of Afghanistan and President Ghani; and the UN, including Special Representative Lyons, for organizing this conference, especially with the constraints posed by COVID-19. We continue to support a negotiated settlement in Doha that ...
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The Cuban Regime’s Cruel Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The U.S. government strongly condemns the Cuban regime’s harassment of activists peacefully protesting the imprisonment of human rights defender Denis Solís González. We urge the Cuban government to dismiss this unjust sentence and release him without condition. The regime has repeatedly targeted Mr. Solís González, a musician and member ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Negotiating Team

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s negotiating team in Doha, Qatar.  Secretary Pompeo commended both sides for continuing to negotiate and for the progress they have made.  Secretary Pompeo and the negotiators discussed ways to reduce violence, and ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with the Taliban READOUT

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Taliban Political Deputy and Head of the Political Office Mullah Beradar and members of the Taliban negotiating team in Doha, Qatar.  Secretary Pompeo commended both sides for continuing to negotiate and for the progress they have made.  ...
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Strengthening Transatlantic Ties with Georgia

“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 steadfast in its commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and we support the Georgian people’s clear choice to embrace Euro-Atlantic integration.” – ...
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The United States and the Holy See: Promoting Religious Freedom and Defending Human Dignity

“On the issues of human dignity and religious freedom, these issues that transcend everyday politics, on the enduring struggle of the individual’s right to believe and worship, we must – and I know we will – march together.”  – U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, October 2, 2019 Secretary Pompeo will visit Vatican City ...
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Syria Sanctions Designations on the Anniversary of Assad’s Attack Against the People of Armanaz, Syria

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Three years ago yesterday, on September 29, 2017, Assad regime forces, backed by Russia, killed at least 34 Syrians in the town of Armanaz.  Since then, thousands of Bashar al-Assad’s bombs have been dropped on schools, hospitals, and markets across Syria.  Too many lives have been lost in Assad’s futile search for ...
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The United States Imposes Sweeping New Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Trump Administration has made clear that the United States will do whatever it takes to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism, from spreading death and mayhem throughout the Middle East and the world. Rather than wait for the day that Iran threatens the world with ...
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Sweeping U.S. Measures to Support Return of UN Sanctions Relating to Iran’s Nuclear, Missile, and Conventional Arms Programs

“Our message is very, very simple: the United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles, and other kinds of conventional weapons. These UN sanctions will continue the arms embargo.”  – Secretary Pompeo, August 20, 2020. “When we’ve seen any country violate our current sanctions, the ...
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The United States Announces Additional Assistance to Respond to the Venezuela Crisis

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States remains the largest single donor of humanitarian and development assistance around the world, including for Venezuelans in need, because doing our part to respond to global crisis situations is a national security priority. The United States is demonstrating our continued commitment to the Venezuelan ...
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The Return of UN Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Trump Administration has always understood that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East comes from Islamic Republic of Iran, whose violent efforts to spread revolution have killed thousands and upended the lives of millions of innocent people. History shows appeasement only emboldens such regimes. Thus today, ...
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Nineteenth Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we remember and honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks in our country 19 years ago on September 11. We have made great strides to defeat al-Qa’ida and other terrorist groups that seek to do us harm, and our efforts to protect our ...
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The United States Responds to the Maduro Regime’s Attempts To Corrupt Democratic Elections in Venezuela

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States Responds to the Maduro Regime’s Attempts to Corrupt Democratic Elections in Venezuela Today, the United States is sanctioning, under Executive Order 13692, David Eugenio de Lima Salas, Reinaldo Enrique Muñoz Pedroza, Indira Maira Alfonzo Izaguirre, and Jose Luis Gutierrez Parra in light of their involvement in Maduro’s efforts to manipulate the Venezuelan National Assembly and ...
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Recent Developments in Venezuela

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Maduro regime’s announcement of conditional dismissal of criminal charges against roughly one-third of the political prisoners it holds does not solve, nor even address, Venezuela’s underlying political crisis.  Hundreds of political prisoners remain, and like those now offered house arrest or an end (for the moment) to their criminal cases, none of these Venezuelans ...
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Imposing Sanctions on Entities for Engaging in Transactions Related to Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical Industry

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State imposed sanctions on five entities under section 3(a)(ii) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13846 for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petroleum or petroleum products from Iran.  The Department of State also imposed sanctions under section 5(a)(vii) of E.O. 13846 on three ...
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On China’s Continued Coercion of the United Kingdom

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is dismayed to learn that the Chinese Communist Party’s coercive bullying tactics against our friends in the United Kingdom continues. In the latest example, British bank HSBC has reportedly prevented Hong Kong-based executives at Next Media, a well-known publisher of pro-democracy publications, from accessing their credit cards and personal bank accounts. The ...
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Ukraine’s Independence Day

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the United States government and the American people, I send my congratulations to the people of Ukraine on the 29th anniversary of your nation’s independence. Our support for a free, resilient, and democratic Ukraine is unwavering.  We remain fully committed to diplomatic efforts to end Russia’s ongoing aggression in eastern Ukraine.  As ...
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International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On this third annual International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, the United States stands with the victims of terrorism and their families. The pain and suffering caused by terrorism is a heavy burden that the American people know all too well. We honor the strength and resilience of terrorism victims ...
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Designations for Iranian Human Rights Offenders

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Friday, August 21 marks the annual Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. To both remember and honor these victims, today the U.S. Department of State is announcing visa restrictions on 14 Iranian individuals for their involvement in gross violations of human rights on behalf of the Iranian regime, the world’s leading ...
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Special Tribunal for Lebanon Verdict

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the guilty verdict handed down by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) against Hizballah operative Salim Ayyash for his role in the February 14, 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. This act of terrorism also claimed the lives of 21 additional victims and resulted in injuries to 226 ...
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The United States Further Restricts Huawei Access to U.S. Technology

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Trump Administration sees Huawei for what it is – an arm of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) surveillance state – and we have taken action accordingly. Today, our government enacted several measures to protect U.S. national security, our citizens’ privacy, and the integrity of our 5G infrastructure from Beijing’s malign influence. The Department of ...
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Inspector General Confirms No Wrongdoing in Emergency Arms Sales to Counter Iran

The Secretary’s “Emergency Certification Was Properly Executed” and “Complied with the Requirements” of Law    The State Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) has confirmed in a final report that the Department acted in complete accordance with the law and found no wrongdoing in the Administration’s exercise of emergency authorities available under the Arms Export Control ...
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Explosion in Beirut

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to all those affected by the massive explosion at the port of Beirut today.  We are closely monitoring and stand ready to assist the people of Lebanon as they recover from this tragedy.  Our team in Beirut has reported to me the extensive damage to a ...
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On the Chinese Communist Party’s Extra-Territorial Authoritarianism

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Chinese Communist Party cannot tolerate the free thinking of its own people, and increasingly is trying to extend its reach outside China’s borders. In the latest example, Chinese authorities have reportedly issued arrest warrants for six pro-democracy advocates resident outside of China, including a U.S. citizen. The United States and other free ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Georgian Prime Minister Gakharia (July 27)

The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia. Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Gakharia discussed the importance of the U.S. Georgia partnership and our close coordination in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary Pompeo also highlighted the importance of ...
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30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 26, 2020 Thirty years ago today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law.  The ADA broke down barriers to access and opportunity, enabling millions of Americans with disabilities to utilize their talents and skills and contribute to strengthening this country.  Now Americans with disabilities have the right to access the same ...
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Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights (July 20)

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