Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders are celebrated, and those who commit human rights abuses are held accountable. Promoting respect for human rights is not something we can do alone, but is best accomplished working with our allies and partners across the globe. President Biden …

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Honoring Anticorruption Champions

Around the world, corruption threatens security and stability, hinders economic growth, undermines democracy and human rights, destroys trust in public institutions, facilitates transnational crime, and siphons away public and private resources.  The Biden Administration recognizes that we will only be successful in combating these issues by working in concert with committed partners, including courageous individuals …

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Secretary Blinken’s Participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participated virtually in today’s EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) at the invitation of EU High Representative Josep Borrell.  Secretary Blinken highlighted the United States’ commitment to repairing, revitalizing, and raising the level of ambition in the U.S.-EU relationship. He emphasized the importance of close cooperation with the EU and …

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U.S. Decision To Reengage with the UN Human Rights Council

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 8, 2021 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 …

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Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 4, 2021 Today, President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum directing all U.S. government departments and agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons around the world. The …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 4, 2021 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 …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC JANUARY 27, 2021 (Right-click on thumbnail to show video controls or Click here to play video in a new window ) MR PRICE: Good afternoon. Welcome back to the briefing room, to your briefing room. We’ll be spending quite a bit of time together starting very shortly, and I …

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Opening Remarks by Secretary of State-Designate Antony J. Blinken

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE WASHINGTON, DC JANUARY 19, 2021 SECRETARY-DESIGNATE BLINKEN:  Mr. Chairman, thank you very much.  And to you, to Ranking Member Menendez, to all the members of this committee, thank you for the opportunity to be here today, and I greatly appreciate everything you’ve done to …

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Confirmation of Reports on the Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

The United States is deeply concerned by reported preliminary conclusions from German medical experts that Russian opposition activist Aleksey Navalny was poisoned. If the reports prove accurate, the United States supports the EU’s call for a comprehensive investigation and stands ready to assist in that effort. MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE: Mr. Navalny’s family …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks With Russian President Vladimir Putin

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE / MAY 14, 2019 BOCHAROV RUCHEY SOCHI, RUSSIA PRESIDENT PUTIN: (Via interpreter) Mr. Secretary of State, dear colleagues, we are glad to welcome you in Russia. As you know, several days ago I had the pleasure of talking to the President of the United States on the phone, and …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Press Availability With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

PRESS AVAILABILITY MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE / MAY 14, 2019 RUS HOTEL SOCHI, RUSSIA MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Ladies and gentlemen, we are beginning a joint press conference. Secretary of State, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, please. FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. First of all, I would like to …

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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 14, 2019 RUS HOTEL SOCHI, RUSSIA FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Mr. Secretary of State, (inaudible) welcome to Sochi. We had a chance to hold the discussion on the 6th of May, when we had our negotiations in Finland on the margins of the Arctic Council. We covered and …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Downed Russian Aircraft

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Pompeo September 18, 2018 The United States expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane that was downed by Syrian regime anti-aircraft fire. Yesterday’s unfortunate incident reminds us of the need to find permanent, peaceful, and …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo – On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Pompeo September 10, 2018 Tomorrow we honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks 17 years ago on September 11. Tomorrow also marks six years since the tragic loss in Libya of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 23, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about Ukrainian political prisoner Oleh Sentsov, who has been on a hunger strike for more than three months in a Russian prison. The Secretary noted …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo – Crimea Declaration

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Pompeo July 25, 2018 Russia, through its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, sought to undermine a bedrock international principle shared by democratic states: that no country can change the borders of another by force. The states …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 30, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone today, their first conversation since the Secretary’s swearing in and the Foreign Minister’s reappointment. The two discussed issues and concerns related to the bilateral relationship, Ukraine, …

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Remarks May 21, 2018 The Heritage Foundation Washington, D.C. SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning, everyone. I first want to thank the Heritage Foundation and its president, Kay Coles James. Thank you for hosting me today. First as a private citizen and then as a …

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Remarks to the Traveling Press on Plane en route to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release May 8, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: So the first time it was truly an intel effort, in that the South Koreans had made representations about things that North Korea was preparing to do that Kim Jong-un had told them, and we largely went there to …

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