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Press Releases: Recent Actions Regarding Latvia's Banking Sector

6:36 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2018 The United States has full confidence that the Government of Latvia will take the necessary steps to uphold the integrity of its banking and financial sector. For many years, we have been working together with Latvia to combat corruption, money laundering, and other threats to international security. Moving forward, the United States supports and will continue to help theread more »

Press Releases: State of Emergency in Maldives

6:34 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2018 The United States is disappointed by reports that Maldivian President Yameen has extended the state of emergency in that country for an additional 30 days. The United States continues to call on President Yameen to end the state of emergency, uphold the rule of law, permit the full and proper functioning of the Parliament and the judiciary, restore constitutionally guaranread more »

Press Releases: United States and Libya Sign Cultural Property Protection Agreement

5:30 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2018 Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs I. Steven Goldstein and Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Under Secretary for Political Affairs Lutfi Almughrabi will sign a landmark bilateral Memorandum of Understanding on cultural property protection on February 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the U.S. Department of State. As part of the ongoing cooperation beread more »

Press Releases: Fourth Anniversary of Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity

19 Feb 19:08 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 19, 2018 Four years ago, Ukrainians from all walks of life and all regions of the country came together on the Maydan, Kyiv's central square, to demand their government recognize the choice of the citizens of Ukraine to join Europe. Scores of Ukrainians—the “Heavenly Hundred”—gave their lives on the Maydan for the dream of a better Ukraine. The United Sread more »

Press Releases: Interview With Margaret Brennan of CBS 60 Minutes

19 Feb 05:39 | US Politics and Govt

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 18, 2018 MS BRENNAN: Rex Tillerson admits he was an unconventional choice for Secretary of State. He had no prior government experience. But as CEO of ExxonMobil, he had crisscrossed the globe striking deals with foreign leaders. Secretary Tillerson, a man who still considers himself a Boy Scout and follows what he calls the Code of the West, is fiercely private and has shread more »

Press Releases: The Gambia National Day

18 Feb 09:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 18, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the people of The Gambia on the 53rd anniversary of your country’s independence on February 18, 2018. We commend your impressive progress since the return of democread more »

Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary Thornton To Travel to Berlin

16 Feb 17:09 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2018 Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Susan Thornton, will travel to Berlin, Germany, to meet with European counterparts to discuss issues of mutual interest in the Indo-Pacific region February 19-20, 2018. For updates, please follow the East Asian and Pacific Bureau on Twitter at @USAsiaPacific. For press inquiries please contact EAP-P-Offread more »

Press Releases: Kosovo National Day

16 Feb 16:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 16, 2018 On behalf of the United States, I congratulate Kosovo and its people on celebrating 10 years of independence as a sovereign nation. In the decade since independence, Kosovo has shown determinatread more »

Press Releases: Troika Statement on Phase 2 of the High Level Revitalization Forum for South Sudan

16 Feb 12:06 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2018 The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway. The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) welcome the parties’ constructive efforts toward compromise for the benefit of the people of South Sudan at the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) over the last two weeks in Addis Ababaread more »

Press Releases: Press Availability With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

16 Feb 10:22 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Ankara, Turkey February 16, 2018 FOREIGN MINISTER CAVUSOGLU: (Via interpreter) Distinguished members of the press, yesterday and today we have been hosting the United States Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson. We’re very glad to host him here. We pay great attention to this visit because we’re passing through a very critical timing in our bilateral relations, and therefore we do believe that tread more »

Press Releases: Department Seeks Partner for U.S. Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

16 Feb 07:56 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2018 Today, the Department published a Request for Proposal in the Federal Register (#2018-03116) for the fundraising, project management, design, construction, operation, and disassembly and removal of a USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Expo 2020 Dubai, which will take place Octread more »

Press Releases: Joint Statement on Turkey-U.S. Strategic Partnership

16 Feb 07:13 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2018 The Republic of Turkey and the United States, as allies and strategic partners, reaffirm their mutual and unequivocal commitment to each other’s security and defense. As Allies within NATO and strategic partners for over 65 years, both nations consider their relations as vital to furthering their shared goals and interests, as well as to the promotion of democracy, rule of read more »

Press Releases: Seven-year Anniversary of the House Arrests of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard

15 Feb 15:32 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 15, 2018 This week marks the seven-year anniversary of the detention of 2009 Iranian presidential election candidates Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, as well as Mousavi’s wife and women’s rights advocate Zahra Rahnavard. The continued house arrest of these three individuals contradicts Iran’s international obligations including those under the Internationread more »

Press Releases: Death of Morgan Tsvangirai

15 Feb 11:46 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 15, 2018 The United States Government would like to express sincere condolences on the passing of Morgan Richard Tsvangirai. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all the people of Zimbabwe. We join Zimbabweans from across the country in mourning the passing of a national hero and political icon who fearlessly stood against injustice and tirelessly fought for peace and democratic principles. We salute hread more »

Press Releases: Press Availability With Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

15 Feb 11:30 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Grand Serail Beirut, Lebanon February 15, 2018 read more »

Press Releases: Lithuania National Day

15 Feb 10:44 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 15, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I wish to congratulate the people of Lithuania as you celebrate the 100th anniversary of the restoration of your independence. Lithuania is one of our most important partners in promoting democracy and individual freedoms. The relationship between the United States and Lithuania is deeply rooted in our sread more »

Press Releases: Serbia National Day

15 Feb 10:44 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 15, 2018 On behalf of the United States, I offer my sincere congratulations to the people of Serbia on the occasion of your national day. The United States remains a steadfast friend and partner of Serbia, just as we were 100 years ago when then President Wilson issued a special proclamation calling on a national day of prayer in solidarity with the Serbian people. We lookread more »

Obama's First Retrospective Job Approval Rating Is 63%

15 Feb 04:29 | Business

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Press Releases: Background Briefing: Updating on Secretary Tillerson's Trip to Amman, Jordan; Ankara, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon; Cairo, Egypt; and Kuwait City, Kuwait

14 Feb 18:06 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Office of the Spokesperson Senior State Department Official Amman, Jordan February 14, 2018 MODERATOR: So we’re going to record this. We’ll do it off the – on background to a senior department official traveling with the Secretary. SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: Just a second. MODERATOR: Once he finishes read more »

Press Releases: Public Designation of Adriatik Llalla under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act

14 Feb 17:19 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 14, 2018 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is publicly designating former Albanian Prosecutor General (Mr.) Adriatik Llalla under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act due to his involvement in significant corruption. Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or gross violations of human rights, read more »

Press Releases: Defending Democracy in Venezuela

14 Feb 16:48 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 14, 2018 We support the decision of Peru, as the host of the upcoming Summit of the Americas, to withdraw its invitation to President Maduro of Venezuela. Peru’s decision was made with the support of the Lima Group, which upheld the high democratic standard for Summit participation. The United States welcomes the firm statement from the Lima Group rejecting the unread more »

Press Releases: Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Latvia, and Belgium

14 Feb 16:12 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 14, 2018 Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Latvia, and Belgium from February 15-24. The Deputy Secretary will arrive in Munich on February 16 to lead the State Department delegation to the Munich Security Conference. He will participate in a nuclear security and arms control panel discussion with foreign government officials and reaffirm theread more »

Press Releases: United States and Cuba Meet to Combat Trafficking in Persons 

14 Feb 12:08 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 14, 2018 The United States and Cuba held a series of meetings this week in Washington, D.C. to coordinate their efforts to combat trafficking in persons. On February 13, the Department of State hosted a bilateral meeting on efforts to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent trafficking. The U.S. delegation was led by Joel Maybury, Acting Principal Deputy Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Pread more »

Press Releases: Mongolian Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)

14 Feb 12:05 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 14, 2018 Please accept my best wishes as you and the people of Mongolia celebrate Tsagaan Sar on February 16, 2018. The United States is proud to count Mongolia as a close friend and partner, and we look forward to deepening the relationship between the American and Mongolian peoples in the year to come. I wish Mongolia every success in the year of the Earth Dog. read more »

Press Releases: Celebrating the Lunar New Year

14 Feb 12:05 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 14, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I wish people around the world good health, peace, and prosperity on the occasion of the Lunar New Year on February 16, 2018. Let us endeavor to continue to foster closer cooperation, promote greater understanding, and build a better world for each other and for our children. We hope that the read more »

Press Releases: Remarks at Memorandum of Understanding Signing and Press Conference

14 Feb 09:58 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amman, Jordan February 14, 2018 read more »

Press Releases: New U.S.-Jordan Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Foreign Assistance to Jordan

14 Feb 06:50 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 14, 2018 Today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi signed a new five-year $6.375 billion ($1.275 billion a year) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States and Jordan, beginning in FY 2018 and ending in FY 2022. This is the first non-binding MOU on bilateral foreign assistance negotiated under President Trump’s Administration and a signal of the United Statesread more »

Press Releases: Interview With Michel Ghandour of Al Hurra TV

13 Feb 16:09 | US Politics and Govt

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Crowne Plaza Hotel Kuwait City, Kuwait February 13, 2018 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, first, thank you for your time and for the opportunity that you give Al Hurra. We start from where you finished your day in Kuwait – it’s a long day. How do you view the fact that Kuwait, once invaded by the Iraqi – or by the foread more »

Press Releases: The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Embassy Compound in Mexico City, Mexico

13 Feb 14:59 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 13, 2018 As a display of our enduring friendship and important bilateral partnership, U.S. Ambassador, Roberta S. Jacobson broke ground today on the new U.S. Embassy facility in Mexico City, Mexico. The new U.S. Embassy will provide a secure, modern, and environmentally sustainable platform for diplomacy. The project is expected to be completed in 2022. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects/Davis Brody Bond Joint Venread more »

Press Releases: Joint Strategic Plan for the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development, Fiscal Year 2018-2022

13 Feb 14:56 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 13, 2018 Today, the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) published their FY 2018-2022 Joint Strategic Plan (JSP), which conveys Secretary Tillerson’s and Administrator Green’s vision for foreign policy and development, based wholly on the President’s commitments to America and its citizens. The JSP will guide strategic planning of foreign policy and development effortsread more »

Press Releases: Press Availability With Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah

13 Feb 14:05 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Kuwait City, Kuwait February 13, 2018 read more »

Press Releases: Special Program: African American Pioneer Diplomats, Ebenezer Bassett and Frederick Douglass

13 Feb 12:08 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 13, 2018 In recognition of African American History Month and the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth, the United States Diplomacy Center is hosting a panel discussion highlighting the diplomatic careers of two prominent 19th century African Americans who served as U.S. ministers to Haiti. Ebenezer Bassett was the country’s first African American diplomat, and Frederick Douglass was an aread more »

Press Releases: Remarks at the Iraqi Reconstruction Conference Session on Private Sector Engagement

13 Feb 11:44 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Kuwait City, Kuwait February 13, 2018 SECRETARY TILLERSON: (In progress) …on behalf of Iraq. And finally, I want to thank the World Bank, and international finance corporation, for supporting this conference. With the support of the United States and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Iraq has bravely fought and successfully liberated its territory from ISIS. Four and a half million Iraqis have beenread more »

Press Releases: Death of Pakistani Human Rights and Democracy Advocate Asma Jahangir

13 Feb 10:53 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 13, 2018 We join Pakistan and others around the world in mourning the untimely death of Pakistani human rights and democracy advocate, Asma Jahangir. For years, she courageously defended the rights of those who did not have a voice, and championed the rule of law, democracy, and human rights including freedom of religion or belief. Her work in Pakistan, including as a read more »

Press Releases: Press Availability With Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah

13 Feb 10:29 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Kuwait City, Kuwait February 13, 2018 FOREIGN MINISTER AL-SABAH: (In Arabic.) SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you. I just want to say again that it’s a pleasure to be back in Kuwait today. And first, I want to thank his highness the emir for bringing us all together here in Kuwait (inaudible) in the region. Kuwait has long been a critical partner for regional security and their willingnessread more »

Press Releases: Third Anniversary of the Signing of the Minsk Package of Measures

13 Feb 08:02 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 13, 2018 Yesterday marked the somber third anniversary of the signing of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements‎. Sadly, Russia continues to disregard its commitments under the Minsk agreements, stoking a hot conflict in Ukraine that has cost over 10,000 lives, including more than 2,500 civilians, and has displaced 1.6 million Ukrainread more »

Press Releases: Opening Remarks at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ministerial

13 Feb 07:18 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah Bayan Palace, Liberation Hall Kuwait City, Kuwait February 13, 2018 DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AL-SABAH: (Via interpreter) (In progress) – responded to our invitation to take part in the meeting of read more »

Press Releases: Joint Statement of Guiding Principles From the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

13 Feb 05:51 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 13, 2018 We, the Foreign Ministers and principals of the Global Coalition, have come together in Kuwait City united in our determination to defeat ISIS/Da’esh through a focused, sustained, multifaceted effort. We know our enemy: ISIS/Da’esh is intrinsically malevolent, celebrates cruelty, systematically violates international law and regularly commits gross abuses of human rights. Yet three and a half years into tread more »

Press Releases: Remarks to Kuwait TV

13 Feb 05:46 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Bayan Palace Kuwait City, Kuwait February 13, 2018 QUESTION: And what do you see the future of relations between Kuwait and the U.S.? SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, the U.S.-Kuwait relationship is very strong. We have so many shared interests in terms of security for the region. We spoke about the importance of GCC unity and Gread more »

Press Releases: Background Briefing Update on Secretary Tillerson's Trip to Amman, Jordan; Ankara, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon; Cairo, Egypt; and Kuwait City, Kuwait

12 Feb 17:53 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Senior State Department Official Kuwait City, Kuwait February 12, 2018 MODERATOR: We’re recording this for our purposes and we will make a transcript like we did the last time. All right. SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: I think it’ll be easier – you all saw the statement that was made after the meeting. Why don’t you ask me? QUESTION: Which? The – Sisi’s new -- SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: After – correct. After the Egypt meetings. QUESTIread more »

Press Releases: U.S.-Israel Foreign Policy Dialogue Readout

12 Feb 17:20 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 12, 2018 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. and Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General Yuval Rotem co-chaired the first U.S.-Israel Foreign Policy Dialogue in Washington, DC on February 12, 2018. The dialogue addressed issues of mutual interest in the Middle East and across the globe including opportunities for cooperation in Africa on development, economics, and counterterread more »

Press Releases: Briefing on the President's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID

12 Feb 16:47 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing John J. Sullivan    Deputy Secretary of State Mark Green    USAID Administrator and Experts Press Briefing Room Washington, DC February 12, 2018 read more »

Press Releases: Press Availability With Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry

12 Feb 13:12 | US Politics and Govt

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Cairo, Egypt February 12, 2018 read more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Meeting With Egyptian President Abdel Fatteh al-Sisi

12 Feb 11:56 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 12, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Tillerson had a productive meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fatteh al-Sisi Monday in Cairo. They discussed our two countries’ shared commitment to fight terrorism in all its forms, and particularly to continue our efforts as members of the global coalition to defeat ISIS. They read more »

Press Releases: State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development FY 2019 Budget Request

12 Feb 11:10 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 12, 2018 The President’s FY 2019 budget request proposes $39.3 billion for critical State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) efforts to advance peace and security, expand American prosperity and influence, and address global crises while making efficient use of taxpayer resources. The budget request modernizes State Department and USAID diplomacy and development to advance a more secure andread more »

Press Releases: Department of State and USAID FY 2019 Budget Request

12 Feb 11:05 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 12, 2018 Today, President Trump requested $39.3 billion for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) budget. This request upholds the President’s commitment, as outlined in the National Security Strategy and the State Department and USAID’s Joint Strategic Plan, to protect our security, rights, and values. read more »

Press Releases: Press Availability With Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry

12 Feb 08:05 | US Politics and Govt

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Cairo, Egypt February 12, 2018 FOREIGN MINISTER SHOUKRY: (In Arabic.) SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, I’m delighted to be in Cairo, my first trip to Egypt as Secretary of State, and to really have very comprehensive discussions about this almost one-half-century relationship between the U.S. and Egypt and our commitment to strengthening this partnership in thread more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - June 8, 2017

8 Jun 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC June 8, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT BURMA UKRAINE read more »

Press Releases: Lesotho's National Elections

8 Jun 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 8, 2017 The United States congratulates the people of Lesotho for participating peacefully in national elections on June 3, 2017. The United States looks forward to working productively with a new Lesotho government as soon as a coalition is finalized and a new Prime Minister is sworn in. We also commend Lesotho’s Independent Electoral Commission for leading a well-managed and cread more »

White House National Security Advisor and Director of the National Economic Council Announce Senior Staff Appointment

8 Jun 2017 | US Politics and Govt

(Washington, D.C.) – President Donald J. Trump’s National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster and Director of the National Economic Council (NEC) Gary Cohn today announced that Everett Eissenstat will join the White House senior staff. “Everett is the perfect choice to advance the President’s efforts to ensure the security and prosperity of the American people through the integration of the economic, trade, and diplomatic portfolios,” said Lieutenant General McMaster. Eissenstat will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the NEC. He will be the President’s representative and lead United States negotiator, known as the Sherpa, for international summits that address economic affairs, including G7, G20, and APEC. “Everett has spent more than two decades working on the complex trade issues facing our country,” Cohn said. “He brings a deep understanding of the internationread more »

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