Statement by Secretary Tillerson Attributing Responsibility for the Nerve Agent Attack in the U.K.

The United States was in touch with our Allies in the United Kingdom ahead of today’s announcement, including in a call between Secretary Tillerson and Foreign Secretary Johnson this morning. We have full confidence in the UK’s investigation and its assessment that Russia was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack that took place in ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson – Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

U.S Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release March 8, 2018   As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Phone Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout January 24, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke Wednesday, January 24, by phone. They discussed issues and concerns related to Syria, North Korea, and Ukraine. On Syria, ...
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Remarks on Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

"This meeting was about two things: stopping chemical weapons attacks and denying impunity to those who use or enable the use of such weapons. For an indication of what these weapons can do to humans, one need look no further than East Ghouta in Syria. Only yesterday more than 20 civilians, most of them children, ...
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Secretary Tillerson Remarks at OSCE Ministerial Plenary Session

The OSCE is an indispensable pillar of our common security architecture that bolsters peace and stability in Europe and Eurasia. Of all the challenges confronting the OSCE today, none is more important or vexing than the situation in Ukraine. The United States is committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized ...
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Secretary Tillerson on Efforts to Address Burma’s Rakhine State Crisis

I reiterate the United States’ condemnation of August 25 attacks on security forces by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). Yet no provocation can justify the horrendous atrocities that have ensued. These abuses by some among the Burmese military, security forces, and local vigilantes have caused tremendous suffering and forced hundreds of thousands of men, ...
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Readout of Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met this evening in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The two recommitted to deconflicting military operations in Syria, reducing the violence, and creating the conditions for the Geneva process to move forward, pursuant to United Nations Security ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on North Korea’s Missile Launch

North Korea's provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks. These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation. United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Calls With Japanese and Republic of Korea Foreign Ministers

Secretary Tillerson spoke on separate calls with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha to discuss North Korea’s launch of a missile that overflew Japan. They agreed the launch was an escalation of North Korean provocations and showcased the dangerous threat posed by North Korea to the United ...
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Remarks by Secretary Tillerson on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

"We are releasing today the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report. This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as well as a universal human right. This law calls for the government to, quote, ...
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Secretary Tillerson Appoints Ambassador Kurt Volker Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 7, 2017   Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson announced today his appointment of Ambassador Kurt Volker to serve as the United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations. Ambassador Volker, who has served previously as the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for ...
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Press Briefing on the President’s Meetings at the G20

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 7, 2017 PRESS BRIEFING BY SECRETARY OF STATE TILLERSON AND SECRETARY OF TREASURY MNUCHIN ON THE PRESIDENT’S MEETINGS AT THE G20 Hamburg Messe Hamburg, Germany   7:18 P.M. CET SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Hi, everybody.  I just want to highlight very briefly, and then ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State Tillerson on the Middle East

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC June 9, 2017 Good afternoon, and I thank all of you for your patience. I know you’ve been waiting a little while. Three weeks ago, the President joined members of the Gulf Cooperation Council in a strong show of partnership, repudiation of extremism, and ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Statement on the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan

"Seventy years ago, on June 5, 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall laid out his bold vision for the United States to help the war-ravaged nations of Europe recover from the massive destruction of World War II. Marshall’s vision was central to reconciliation and cooperation among countries that were previously enemies on the battlefield. ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Interview With Chuck Todd of Meet the Press

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 14, 2017 QUESTION: Yesterday, I sat down with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and I began by asking him whether he agrees with the President that the Russia story is fake news and a witch hunt. SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, Chuck, the President, I think, has ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Fairbanks, Alaska May 11, 2017   SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, it’s my pleasure to welcome all of you, foreign ministers, permanent participant heads of delegation, Arctic Council observers, and honored guests. And I want to thank again the tribal leaders of the aboriginal groups for their greeting this morning ...
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Remarks by Secretary Tillerson at the Arctic Council’s 20th Anniversary Welcome Reception

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Fairbanks, Alaska May 10, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON:(Applause.) Thank you so much, Chief, and it is a pleasure to be here, and good evening to all of you, and I want to welcome myself and I want to welcome you to Fairbanks as well. (Laughter.) The State Department does ...
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Secretary Tillerson To Meet With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 8, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, May 10, to discuss Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral issues. On Ukraine, the sides will discuss the need to stop the violence in eastern Ukraine and resolve the ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Spokesperson Heather Nauert: The Secretary of State spoke by phone with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov today about the efforts to de-escalate the ongoing conflict in Syria. The Secretary looks forward to further meetings with the Foreign Minister to discuss the respective roles of the United States and Russia in de-escalating the conflict and supporting the ...
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Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Session on D.P.R.K.

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State United Nations New York City April 28, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Secretary General, for that most helpful briefing. I shall now make a statement in my capacity as Secretary of State of the United States, and I thank you for the opportunity to address the Security Council. ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Interview With Bret Baier of Fox News

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Department of State Washington, DC April 27, 2017 QUESTION: Joining me now, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Mr. Secretary, thanks for this. SECRETARY TILLERSON: My pleasure. QUESTION: Well, first of all, I want to get you on the pressing issue of the day. It seems that North Korea, ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Press Availability

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon, all. The Trump administration is currently conducting across the entire government a review of our Iran policy. Today I’d like to address Iran’s alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence, destabilizing more than one country at a time. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and is ...
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Iran Continues To Sponsor Terrorism. Press Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

"Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods. President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the ...
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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Moscow, Russia April 12, 2017 FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Good evening. This has been a long day. We have had talks with State Secretary of the U.S. Rex Tillerson. Right now, we have had a long conversation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. It has lasted ...
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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Osobnyak Guest House Moscow, Russia April 12, 2017 FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via translation) Addressed to media: Who was bringing you up? Who was giving you your manners? Addressed to U.S. delegation: Mr. Secretary of State, dear colleagues. We met in Bonn on February 16, where I told you about ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks at a Press Availability in Italy

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Lucca, Italy April 11, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Good morning.  I’ve got a statement.  I want to share it first, and then I’m happy to take a couple of questions.  Last week, Bashar al-Assad’s regime killed even more of its own people using chemical weapons.  Our missile strike ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Interview With George Stephanopoulos of ABC This Week

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State West Palm Beach, Florida April 9, 2017   QUESTION: So what will President Trump do now? Will Thursday’s strike be followed by a new strategy to remove Assad from power? That was my first question for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his first interview on This Week. ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Interview With John Dickerson of CBS Face the Nation

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State West Palm Beach, Florida April 9, 2017   QUESTION: We want to welcome Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the broadcast. Mr. Secretary, thank you for being with us. As a start, what message was being sent to the Syrian leader with the U.S. military action? SECRETARY TILLERSON: ...
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Briefing on President Trump’s Meetings with President Xi of China

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 07, 2017  Briefing by Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mnuchin, and Secretary Ross on President Trump’s Meetings with President Xi of China Tideline Resort and Spa Palm Beach, Florida 3:58 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Hi, guys.  So this is being streamed back to both the ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

The United States strongly condemns the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, the third allegation of the use of such weapons in the past month alone. There are reports of dozens dead, including many children. While we continue to monitor the terrible situation, it is clear that this is how Bashar al-Assad operates: with brutal, ...
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Statement by Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 The following is the text of a statement by the Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS. Begin text: 1. Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition met in Washington today at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Tillerson on the Attack in London

On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference.
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Remarks by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on the President’s Executive Order Signed Today

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Ronald Reagan Building Washington, DC March 6, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Hello. Good morning and thank you for joining us. The executive order signed by the President earlier today, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a vital measure for strengthening our national security. It ...
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