On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 16, 2021 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, ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Virtual Remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Virtual Remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism May 7, 2021 Washington, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good morning, good afternoon, good evening.  Let me start by thanking China and Foreign Minister Wang for initiating this critical discussion on the future of the United Nations and the international order.  And thank you as well to the President of the General Assembly Bozkir for your ...
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Uniform Global National Interest Exceptions to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Uniform Global National Interest Exceptions to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions April 27, 2021 New National Interest Exceptions Under Presidential Proclamations Allows Issuance of Student Visas for Applicants who have been present in the People’s Republic of China  In keeping with the Department of State’s commitment to facilitate legitimate travel to the United States, Secretary Blinken decided to apply several National Interest Exceptions to all regional ...
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Opening Remarks at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate

Opening Remarks at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate Secretary Antony J. Blinken  The White House  Washington, D.C. April 22, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good morning.  Good afternoon.  Good evening.  We are so grateful to have all of you with us today.  As President Biden and Vice President Harris have made clear, this administration intends to do more than any in U.S. history to meet ...
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Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry to Participate in the Leaders Summit on Climate

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry to Participate in the Leaders Summit on Climate NOTICE TO THE PRESS OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 21, 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will join President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and several U.S. cabinet secretaries and private sector and civil society leaders at the Leaders Summit on Climate. President Biden will host leaders from around the ...
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“Tackling the Crisis and Seizing the Opportunity: America’s Global Climate Leadership”

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation: “Tackling the Crisis and Seizing the Opportunity: America’s Global Climate Leadership” Philip Merrill Environmental Center Annapolis, Maryland April 19, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  And Will, thank you for a wonderful introduction.  And thank you for lending us this absolutely spectacular setting and backdrop – certainly the best setting and backdrop I’ve had in my brief tenure as Secretary.  And thanks so much to ...
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Hong Kong Policy Act Report

Hong Kong Policy Act Report 03/31/2021 10:52 AM EDT Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Over the past year, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has continued to dismantle Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, in violation of its obligations under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong’s Basic Law.  In particular, the PRC government’s adoption and the Hong Kong ...
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On Transgender Day of Visibility

On Transgender Day of Visibility 03/31/2021 08:12 AM EDT Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State On the occasion of Transgender Day of Visibility, the United States proudly recognizes transgender and gender non-conforming persons and their continued struggle for a life of equality, security, and dignity.  Across the globe, members of the transgender and gender non-conforming community are making significant strides ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the UN Security Council Briefing and Consultations on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the UN Security Council Briefing and Consultations on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria REMARKS SECRETARY OF STATENTONY J. BLINKEN WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 29, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  (In progress) and thank you, Dr. Ballour, both for the lifesaving service you performed for your fellow Syrians amidst the most harrowing circumstances, and for your powerful, determined efforts to bring the experiences of the Syrian people to the world – and to push for their rights ...
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PRC Sanctions on U.S. Officials

PRC Sanctions on U.S. Officials 03/27/2021 09:02 PM EDT Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State The United States condemns the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) baseless sanctions on two U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) commissioners apparently in retaliation for U.S. sanctions on PRC officials connected with serious human rights abuse in Xinjiang.  This comes after the PRC’s January ...
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Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances

Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NATO HEADQUARTERS AGORA BRUSSELS, BELGIUM MARCH 24, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon. A few weeks ago, not long after becoming Secretary as State, I spoke directly to the American people.  I said that my number one job is to ensure that America’s foreign policy delivers for them – that ...
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Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuse with Our Partners

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN March 22, 2021 Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuse with Our Partners Today, the United States, in unity with our partners, is imposing sanctions against Wang Junzheng, the Secretary of the Party Committee of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) and Chen Mingguo, Director of the ...
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Secretary Blinken, Secretary Austin, Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, and Defense Minister Suh Wook at a Joint Press Availability

Secretary Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, and Republic of Korea Defense Minister Suh Wook at a Joint Press Availability *MODERATOR:*  (Via interpreter)  Ladies and gentlemen, foreign and defense ministers. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  We will now start the joint press conference of the ROK-U.S. foreign and defense ministers.  The opening remarks will be made in the order of Minister Chung, Secretary Blinken, Minister Suh, and Secretary Austin. After the opening remarks of the ...
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Joint Statement of the 2021 Republic of Korea – United States Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting (“2+2”)

Joint Statement of the 2021 Republic of Korea – United States Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting (“2+2”) MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 18, 2021 The following statement was released by the Governments of the United States and the Republic of Korea: Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong and Minister of National Defense Suh Wook hosted a Joint Foreign and Defense Ministerial meeting with United States (U.S.) Secretary of State Antony ...
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Final Adoption of the U.S. Universal Periodic Review

Final Adoption of the U.S. Universal Periodic Review PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 17, 2021 Today, the UN Human Rights Council adopted the report of the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for the United States.  All UN member states participate in the UPR process, which is designed to ensure that every nation is subject to scrutiny of its human rights record. When President Biden made ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 17, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Today in Seoul, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Chung reaffirmed that the U.S.-ROK Alliance is the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in ...
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U.S.-Japan Joint Press Statement

U.S.-Japan Joint Press Statement MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 16, 2021 The following statement was released by the Security Consultative Committee. Begin Text: Secretary of State Blinken, Secretary of Defense Austin, Minister for Foreign Affairs Motegi, and Minister of Defense Kishi held the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee in Tokyo, Japan on March 16, 2021.  They reaffirmed that ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 16, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: On March 16, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met in Tokyo with Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi and reaffirmed the vital importance of the U.S.-Japan Alliance to promoting peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.  ...
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Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin’s Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Suga

Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin’s Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Suga U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson ________________________________________ For Immediate Release READOUT March 16, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met today with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo.  Secretary Blinken, Secretary Austin, and Prime Minister ...
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The United States and Japan Expand Indo-Pacific Economic Cooperation

The United States and Japan Expand Indo-Pacific Economic Cooperation MEDIA NOTE March 16, 2021 The United States and Japan Expand Indo-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi reaffirmed the vital importance of the U.S.-Japan Alliance as the cornerstone of peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world during Secretary Blinken’s ...
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Assault on Democracy in Hong Kong

Assault on Democracy in Hong Kong 03/11/2021 07:03 PM EST Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State The United States condemns the PRC’s continuing assault on democratic institutions in Hong Kong.  The National People’s Congress decision today to unilaterally change Hong Kong’s electoral system is a direct attack on autonomy promised to people in Hong Kong under the Sino-British Joint Declaration.  These ...
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Secretary Blinken and NSA Sullivan’s Meeting with PRC Counterparts

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARCH 10, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will meet on March 18 in Anchorage, Alaska with People’s Republic of China (PRC) Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Wang Yi.  The meeting will take place following ...
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“A Foreign Policy for the American People”

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  SPEECH March 3, 2021 Secretary Antony J. Blinken “A Foreign Policy for the American People” March 3, 2021 Ben Franklin Room Washington, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good morning.  My fellow Americans, five weeks ago I was sworn in as your Secretary of State.  My job is to represent the United States to ...
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Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN February 24, 2021 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 ...
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The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement 02/19/2021 07:49 AM EST Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State 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 ...
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Joint Statement by the Secretary of State of the United States of America and the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom

Joint Statement by the Secretary of State of the United States of America and the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 18, 2021 The following statement was released by United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab following today’s ministerial meeting: Begin text: The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Quad Ministers

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Quad Ministers READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 18, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar, and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.  The Ministers discussed Quadrilateral (“Quad”) cooperation on COVID-19 response and recovery ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the UN Security Council Briefing on COVID-19 and Vaccine Access

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the UN Security Council Briefing on COVID-19 and Vaccine Access REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, DC FEBRUARY 17, 2021 FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  Thank you, Your Excellency Mr. Jerandi, for your contribution.  And I now give the floor to His Excellency Mr. Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State for the United States.  Over to you, sir. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Dominic, thank you very much, ...
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Launch of the Canadian-drafted “Declaration Against the Use of Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations”

Launch of the Canadian-drafted “Declaration Against the Use of Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations” 02/15/2021 12:07 PM EST Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State I am honored to participate in the launch of this important initiative and to stand today with the international community against the use of arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations. I congratulate Canada on having led the way, especially for obtaining the endorsement of so many ...
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U.S. Decision to Reengage with the UN Human Rights Council

U.S. Decision to Reengage with the UN Human Rights Council 02/08/2021 07:12 AM EST 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 ...
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Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World

Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World U.S. Department of State Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. 2:45 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Secretary, it’s great to be here with you.  And I’ve been looking forward a long time to be able to call you “Mr. Secretary.”   Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s an honor to be back at the State Department under ...
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Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN February 4, 2021 Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World Today, President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum directing all U.S. government departments and agencies engaged abroad to ensure that ...
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