Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim Philip T. Reeker

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim Philip T. Reeker: U.S. & UK Climate Change Business Forum – Winning the Race to Net Zero: Journey to COP26 Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (As prepared) Thanks to everyone for staying after what’s been a pretty packed day.  We’ve heard a lot of important discussions from leading voices across …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 21, 2021 President Biden met today with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom at the White House. This meeting reaffirmed the strong bond between the United States and the United Kingdom, as the leaders agreed to continue working together to fulfill the vision set forward in the Atlantic Charter. …

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Remarks by President Biden, Prime Minister Morrison of Australia, and Prime Minister Johnson of the United Kingdom Announcing the Creation of AUKUS

PRIME MINISTER MORRISON: Well, good morning from Australia. I’m very pleased to join two great friends of freedom and of Australia: Prime Minister Johnson and President Biden. Today, we join our nations in a next-generation partnership built on a strong foundation of proven trust. We have always seen the world through a similar lens. We …

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Opening Remarks by Secretary Antony J. Blinken Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Mr. Chairman, thank you very much. And Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member McCaul, thank you for today. I welcome this opportunity to discuss our policy on Afghanistan, including where we are, how (inaudible), and where we’re going in the weeks and months ahead. For 20 years, Congress has conducted oversight and provided funding for …

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We are holding an Auction!

The U.S. Embassy, London, UK is selling surplus property including the listed government owned vehicle via online auction: 2013 FORD GALAXY TITANIUM 2.0 AUTOMATIC PETROL BLACK RH DRIVE The auction opens for bidding 08:00am (BST), Monday, Sept 13 & closes 4:30pm (BST), Friday, Sept 17, 2021. Surplus Property are being sold according to the regulations of the U.S. Department of State. …

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Remarks by President Biden on the End of the War in Afghanistan

State Dining Room 3:28 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Last night in Kabul, the United States ended 20 years of war in Afghanistan — the longest war in American history. We completed one of the biggest airlifts in history, with more than 120,000 people evacuated to safety. That number is more than double what most experts …

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COVID-19 Information

The information on this page was correct as of September 1, 2021 at 12:00 GMT. Important: Although some international travel is allowed by the UK government to amber list countries from July 19, U.S. government travel restrictions remain in place for travel from the United Kingdom to the United States. Please  read the Presidential Proclamation  and  read our FAQs  to see if you …

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Statement by the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS

The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS strongly condemns the attacks that occurred in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26, 2021. We grieve for the loss of Afghan and British civilians, and American service members at the hands of Daesh/ISIS terrorists. The tragic loss of life is only compounded by the fact that those killed were endeavoring …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Terror Attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport

  Remarks by President Biden on the Terror Attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport August 26, 2021 Speeches and Remarks East Room 5:24 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Been a tough day.  This evening in Kabul, as you all know, terrorists attacked — that we’ve been talking about and worried about, that the intelligence community has …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom

President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom spoke today about Afghanistan. They discussed the ongoing efforts by our diplomatic and military personnel to evacuate their citizens, local staff, and other vulnerable Afghans. Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom AUGUST …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Meeting with G7 Leaders

The White House Briefing Room August 22, 2021 President Biden will virtually meet with G7 leaders on August 24, 2021. The leaders will discuss continuing our close coordination on Afghanistan policy and evacuating our citizens, the brave Afghans who stood with us over the last two decades, and other vulnerable Afghans. They will also discuss plans to provide …

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Joint Statement on the Situation of Women and Girls in Afghanistan

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 18, 2021 This statement has been co-signed by Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, Honduras, Guatemala, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Senegal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.  Begin Text: We are deeply worried about …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab about continued coordination in Afghanistan, including ways to encourage adherence to international obligations as well as the safety and security of all Afghan and international citizens.   Secretary Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Johnson

President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke today regarding developments in Afghanistan. Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom STATEMENTS AND RELEASES AUGUST 17, 2021 President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke today regarding developments in Afghanistan. They commended the bravery …

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Remarks by President Biden on Afghanistan

  Remarks by President Biden on Afghanistan The White House August 16, 2021   East Room 4:02 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. I want to speak today to the unfolding situation in Afghanistan: the developments that have taken place in the last week and the steps we’re taking to address the rapidly evolving events. …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan

  Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York August 16, 2021   AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Secretary-General Guterres, thank you for your sobering briefing and for your strong statement. Your role – along with …

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How Russia’s ‘foreign agents’ law silences dissent

Harassment and censorship of independent media and government critics is common in the Russian Federation. A so-called “foreign agents” law, passed in 2012 and repeatedly expanded, allows the Justice Ministry to label groups or individuals “foreign agents,” exposing them to fines and harassment that stymie their work. In July, Russian authorities prosecuted  human rights advocate Semyon Simonov , who exposed …

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Russia’s Restrictions Prevent OSCE Observation of Duma Elections

The U.S.  regrets that restrictions imposed by Russian authorities will prevent the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly from independently observing the Duma elections in September. PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 05, 2021 The United States regrets that restrictions imposed by Russian authorities will prevent …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab

  READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 04, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab about ongoing efforts to forge a coordinated response to Iran’s attack on the Mercer Street, a commercial ship that was peacefully transiting international waters in …

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Winning the Race to Zero: Journey to COP26

  The Event This two-day hybrid in-person and livestream event brings together key government and business leaders from the United States, United Kingdom and Europe to highlight real-world technology driven solutions to tackle the climate change crisis. Key Sectors will include Design and Construction, Energy, Environmental Technology, Transportation and Green Finance. Date & Location 22-23 …

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U.S.-Europe Communiqué on Afghanistan and Peace Efforts

  U.S.-Europe Communiqué on Afghanistan and Peace Efforts MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 23, 2021 The following is the text of a communiqué issued by the United States of America, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, NATO, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Begin text.  The Special Representatives and Special Envoys of the United …

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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Blinken and Treasury Secretary Yellen Commending the United Kingdom’s Anti-Corruption Sanctions

The United States welcomes the United Kingdom’s announcement today to impose further sanctions under its Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions (GACS) regime, which is designed to fight corruption and illicit finance. Joint Statement by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen Commending the United Kingdom’s Anti-Corruption Sanctions Media Note Office of the …

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Defending technology from authoritarian abuse

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is urging democracies to ensure the responsible development of artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies to prevent their misuse by authoritarian regimes. In a  July 13 speech  to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Global Emerging Technology Summit, Blinken said emerging technologies should be used to strengthen democratic values, not enable …

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Major democracies launch values-based infrastructure partnership

The United States and other major democracies will support infrastructure projects that provide sustainable benefits for developing countries. The Build Back Better World (B3W) Partnership, announced at the Group of Seven (G7) conference in June, seeks to address the $40 trillion infrastructure gap in the developing world and to advance economic recovery after the COVID-19 …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry to Travel to the United Kingdom and Italy

JULY 16, 2021 Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to London, United Kingdom from July 20 to July 21, 2021. While in London, he will deliver remarks on the urgency of global climate action on Tuesday, July 20, at 3:00 p.m. BST at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  The event will be live-streamed at  https://www.chathamhouse.org/ .  Media wishing to request accreditation and participate in person should …

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U.S. governments large and small go green

In the United States, governments are addressing climate change, from local to federal and everywhere in between. “The United States isn’t waiting,” said President Biden on April 22 during the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate opening session. “We are resolving to take action — [not only the] federal government, but our cities and our states …

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Defense Department Will Provide Options for ‘Operation Allies Refuge’

For 20 years in Afghanistan, brave Afghan nationals lent assistance to the military operations led by American service personnel. With operations in that country closing out by the end of August, the U.S. government has made plans to move those civilians and their families to other locations. As part of “Operation Allies Refuge,” by the …

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U.S. seeks to block Chinese government surveillance

The United States is increasing efforts to prevent the People’s Republic of China from exploiting U.S. capital markets to fund its military modernization, surveillance and human rights abuses. On July 9, the U.S. Department of Commerce  blacklisted 14 PRC-based entities  that enabled the Chinese government’s repression, mass detention and high-tech surveillance of Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members …

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Fifth Anniversary of the Arbitral Tribunal Ruling on the South China Sea

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 11, 2021 Freedom of the seas is an enduring interest of all nations and is vital to global peace and prosperity. The international community has long benefited from the rules-based maritime order, where international law, as reflected in the UN Law of the Sea Convention, sets …

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U.S. reaffirms trans-Atlantic and NATO ties with Europe

The United States is working with allies across Europe to counter human rights abuses, preserve democracy and tackle climate change. On his trip to Germany, France, Italy and the Vatican, Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the United States’ long-lasting relationships with each of the countries and the United States’ commitment to strengthening the NATO …

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U.S. to Maintain Robust Over-the-Horizon Capability for Afghanistan if Needed

Following the safe and orderly drawdown of forces and equipment from Afghanistan by the end of August, the Defense Department plans to maintain robust over-the-horizon capability if needed, the Pentagon press secretary said. John F. Kirby held a press briefing today, discussing Afghanistan support and assistance to the Department of Homeland Security at the Southwest …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At the 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Launch Ceremony

The State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report is indeed the world’s most comprehensive resource of the anti-trafficking efforts being undertaken by governments around the globe. It reflects the United States longstanding commitment and bipartisan commitment to this issue. Secretary Antony J. Blinken At the 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Launch Ceremony Remarks Antony J. …

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Reinforcing the U.S. Commitment to Multilateralism at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Secretary Blinken travels to Bari and Matera, Italy, June 28-29, to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, where he will reinforce the United States’ commitment to strong coordination with partners and allies to address global challenges, including combating the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthening global health security, supporting democracy and human rights, addressing the climate crisis, preventing famine and acute food insecurity, and fostering a sustainable and …

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America leads in higher education

Eight U.S. universities made the “top 10” in a global ranking of universities. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 ranks the best universities in the world, rating them on teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The  annual ranking  assesses more than 1,500 institutions of higher learning across 93 countries and regions. This year Oxford University in …

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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Allocation Plan for 55 Million Doses to be Shared Globally

These doses are the remaining part of the 80 million President Biden pledged to allocate by the end of June Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing the distribution list for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s own vaccine supply President Biden has pledged to allocate by the end of June in service …

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President Biden signs the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act

The White House Statements & Releases June 17, 2021 On Thursday, June 17, 2021, the President signed into law: S. 475, the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act,” which designates Juneteenth National Independence Day as a legal public holiday. Source White House website Related Juneteenth: A day to celebrate Black communities’ strength In Commemoration of Juneteenth

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10th Anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Press Statement Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State June 16, 2021 Today marks the tenth anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council of the UN …

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On-the-Record Press Call by United States Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai

Today’s announcement resolves a longstanding trade irritant in the U.S.-Europe relationship. Instead of fighting with one of our closest allies, we are finally coming together against a common threat.   The White House June 15, 2021 Via Teleconference 11:09 A.M. CEST MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone. Thank you so much for joining us today on this …

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Consulate Belfast is Holding A Car Auction

The U.S. Consulate, Belfast is selling surplus government owned vehicles in accordance with U.S. Department of State regulations via a web-based online auction. The following items comprise this online auction: 2011 FORD MONDEO TITANIUM 2.2 TDCi AUTOMATIC DIESEL BLUE RH DRIVE 2010 CHRYSLER 300 CRD SRT 3.0 SEDAN AUTOMATIC DIESEL BLACK RH DRIVE Auction bidding opens at 08:30am …

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G7 to Announce Joint Actions on Forced Labor in Global Supply Chains, Anticorruption, and Ransomware

The United States is rallying the world’s democracies to deliver for our people, meet the world’s biggest challenges, and demonstrate our shared values The White House FACT SHEET: G7 to Announce Joint Actions on Forced Labor in Global Supply Chains, Anticorruption, and Ransomware June 13, 2021 Today President Biden and leaders from G7 will demonstrate …

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Readout: Trilateral Meeting of PM Johnson of the UK, U.S. President Biden, and PM Morrison of Australia

Prime Minster Johnson, President Biden and Prime Minister Morrison met in the margins of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay on 12 June 2021. The White House Readout: Trilateral Meeting of Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, President Joe Biden, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia June 12, 2021 Prime Minster Johnson, …

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Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on President Biden’s Meetings at the G7 Summit

  The White House Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on President Biden’s Meetings at the G7 Summit June 12, 2021   Via Teleconference 7:00 P.M. BST MODERATOR:  Good evening, everyone.  Thank you so much for joining us for this background briefing.  This call is on background, attributable to “senior administration officials,” and embargoed …

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G7 to Announce Joint Actions to End Public Support for Overseas Unabated Coal Generation by End of 2021

The United States is rallying the world’s democracies to deliver for our people, meet the world’s biggest challenges, and demonstrate our shared values The White House FACT SHEET: G7 to Announce Joint Actions to End Public Support for Overseas Unabated Coal Generation by End of 2021 June 12, 2021 Today, President Biden and fellow G7 …

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On the Occasion of the Official Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very Happy Birthday! A longstanding friend of the United States, the tradition of meeting Flag of United States Presidents throughout her reign continued this week when she met President Biden during the G7 Summit. – U.S. Chargé Yael Lempert PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 12, …

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U.S. and G7+ Plan to Defeat the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2022 and Prevent the Next Pandemic

The G7+ action plan that will be agreed to by leaders in Cornwall includes vaccinating the world’s most vulnerable, providing emergency supplies, bolstering world-wide economic recovery, and positioning the international community to prepare for, prevent, detect, and respond to future biological catastrophes. FACT SHEET: United States and G7+ Plan to Defeat the COVID-19 Pandemic in …

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Joint Statement on the Visit of the President Biden at the Invitation of Prime Minister Johnson

The President and the Prime Minister set out a global vision in a new Atlantic Charter to deepen cooperation in democracy and human rights, defence and security, science and innovation, and economic prosperity, with renewed joint efforts to tackle the challenges posed by climate change, biodiversity loss, and emerging health threats. The White House Joint …

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The New Atlantic Charter

Today, the President of the United States and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom reaffirm their commitment to work together to realise our vision for a more peaceful and prosperous future. The White House June 10, 2021 Today, the President of the United States and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom reaffirm their commitment to …

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Remarks by President Biden on the COVID-19 Vaccination Program and the Effort to Defeat COVID-19 Globally

And today, we’re taking a major step that will supercharge the global fight against this pandemic.  At my direction, the United States will purchase an additional half billion doses from Pfizer — the Pfizer vaccine — that we’ll donate nearly 100 low- and lower-middle-income countries.   They will be the beneficiaries.

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to the UK, Belgium, and Switzerland

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will accompany President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on his June travel to Cornwall, UK; Brussels, Belgium; and Geneva, Switzerland. Secretary Blinken’s Travel to the UK, Belgium, and Switzerland Press Release Ned Price, Department Spokesperson June 7, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will accompany President Joseph R. Biden, …

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Secretary of the Treasury Yellen On G7 Finance Ministers’ Commitment to Global Minimum Tax

We agreed concrete actions to address today’s historic challenges and as part of our renewed and urgent effort towards deeper multilateral economic cooperation   Statement from Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen On G7 Finance Ministers’ Commitment to Global Minimum Tax June, 05, 2021 5 June 2021, London, United Kingdom We, the Finance Ministers …

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Updates to the President’s Travel to the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Switzerland

This will be the first overseas travel by President Biden, who will be joined by First Lady Jill Biden for the stops in the United Kingdom as previously announced The White House Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Updates to the President’s Travel to the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Switzerland Statements & Releases June …

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G7 Ministers’ Statement on the UN General Assembly Special Session Against Corruption

As the UN Convention against Corruption notes, corruption threatens the stability and security of societies, undermining the institutions and values of democracy, ethical values and justice, and jeopardizing sustainable development and the rule of law. MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 02, 2021 The text of the following statement was released by the G7 …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Belarus

[We] condemn in the strongest terms the unprecedented action by the Belarusian authorities in arresting independent journalist Raman Pratasevich and his companion, Sofia Sopega, after forcing flight FR4978 on which they were travelling to land in Minsk on 23 May

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Joint Statement by the Secretary of State of the US, the Foreign Secretary of the UK , and the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, and Italy

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 25, 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, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Syria’s presidential election. Begin text: We, the Foreign …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on the First Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder

The White House May 25, 2021   Today, in the Oval Office, I met with George Floyd’s family. Although it has been one year since their beloved brother and father was murdered, for the family – for any family experiencing a profound loss – the first year can still feel like they got the news …

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Joint Statement on U.S.-UK Financial Regulatory Working Group Meeting

 The Working Group was formed in 2018 to deepen bilateral regulatory cooperation with a view to the further promotion of financial stability; investor protection; fair, orderly, and efficient markets; and capital formation in both jurisdictions. U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Release May 24, 2021 U.S. and UK participants held the fourth meeting of the …

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Secretary Janet L. Yellen to Attend G7 Finance Ministers Meeting in London, England

While in London, Secretary Yellen will reinforce the U.S. commitment to policy priorities to promote the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic including supportive fiscal policies, vaccine access, and distribution.   U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Release May 24, 2021 The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced that Secretary Janet L. Yellen will …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East

My administration will continue our quiet and relentless diplomacy toward that end. I believe we have a genuine opportunity to make progress, and I’m committed to working for it. The White House May 20, 2021 Cross Hall THE PRESIDENT:  Folks, I’ve just spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu.  Earlier today, I spoke with President Al Sisi …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Everyone is entitled to dignity and equality, no matter who they are, whom they love, or how they identify — and we will continue to engage with allies and partners to advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ people here at home and in all corners of the world. The White House Statement by President Joseph …

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB)

“The United States supports the empowerment of the transgender and gender non-conforming community. We will continue to work with civil society, like-minded governments, and other human rights defenders to combat the criminalization of LGBTQI+ status, protect vulnerable LGBTQI+ refugees and asylum seekers, advance non-discrimination, and provide meaningful responses to human rights abuses of LGBTQI+ persons. …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Colonial Pipeline Incident

And last night, I signed an executive order to improve the nation’s cybersecurity.  It calls for federal agencies to work more closely with the private sector to share information, strengthen cybersecurity practices, and deploy technologies that increase reliance against cyberattacks. The White House Speeches & Remarks May 13, 2021 Roosevelt Room 12:27 P.M. EDT THE …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Travels to Europe

In London, [Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry] will meet with representatives of the UK Government, who will host COP26 this November in Glasgow. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Travels to Europe MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 12, 2021   Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry will travel to Rome, London, and Berlin, …

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Travel Advisory: U.S. Embassy and Consulates in the United Kingdom, May 11, 2021

U. S. Embassy London May 11, 2021   United Kingdom – Level 3: Reconsider Travel Reconsider travel to the United Kingdom due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution due to terrorism. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for …

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State Department Releases 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

This year marks the 23rd release of the International Religious Freedom Report and 23rd anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act — the legislation that affirmed the importance of defending and advancing religious freedom in U.S. foreign policy, created the Office of International Religious Freedom, and mandated the annual report.  U.S. Department of State Office …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Virtual Remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism

When countries came together after World War II to form the United Nations, virtually all of human history up till then indicated that might made right.  Competition inevitably led to collision.  The rise of a nation or group of nations necessitated the fall of others. Then our nations united in choosing a different path.  We …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Justin Webb of BBC Radio 4

 Because there is no closer relationship.  And as we’re grappling with problems, challenges, opportunities around the world, I found from my many conversations, many engagements with my counterpart, Dominic Raab, also getting a chance to spend some time with the prime minister yesterday, that our two countries are profoundly in sync.   Interview Antony J. …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at a Joint Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NO. 9 DOWNING LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM MAY 3, 2021 FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us. It’s a huge pleasure to welcome Secretary of State Blinken to the UK. Tony, it’s great to have you here with us. SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thank …

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Briefing with Senior State Department Officials to Traveling Press

  SPECIAL BRIEFING OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON GROSVENOR HOUSE HOTEL LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM MAY 04, 2021 MODERATOR:  So we’ll go ahead and get started.  We’ll do this on background, two U.S. officials, if everyone is comfortable with that.  As I think you all know, [Senior State Department Official One] was deeply engaged in the preparations …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with UK Prime Minister Johnson

Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Johnson emphasized the importance of continued U.S.-UK collaboration to lead efforts at NATO, the G7, and with other partners to recover stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic, defend the values of open societies, tackle climate change, and face other global challenges.

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World Press Freedom Day

Tomorrow, the United States joins the international community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day.  Information and knowledge are powerful tools, and a free and independent press is the core institution connecting publics to the information they need to advocate for themselves, make informed decisions, and hold governmental officials accountable.  The United States advocates for press freedom …

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The United States and United Kingdom: Reaffirming Our Alliance

“A key way we will deliver for the American people is by reaffirming and revitalizing our alliances and partnerships around the world.”  – Secretary Antony J. Blinken, March 24, 2021   U.S. Department of State FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON May 02, 2021 Secretary Blinken is attending the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting in …

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Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Michael Collins

Michael Collins lived a life of service to our country. From his time in the Air Force, to his career with NASA, to his service at the State Department, to his leadership of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; Michael Collins both wrote and helped tell the story of our nation’s remarkable accomplishments in …

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President Biden Address to a Joint Session of Congress

  Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President Biden — Address to a Joint Session of Congress The White House April 28, 2021 The Capitol Madame Speaker. Madame Vice President. No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time. The First Lady. The Second Gentleman. Mr. Chief Justice. Members of …

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Program To Create Pathways to Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy Included in Biden-Harris Administration’s Bold Plans To Address the Climate Crisis

FIRST is a capacity-building program designed to deepen strategic ties, support energy innovation, and advance technical collaboration with partner nations on secure and safe nuclear energy infrastructure. Program To Create Pathways to Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy Included in Biden-Harris Administration’s Bold Plans To Address the Climate Crisis MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL …

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Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on COVID-19 in India

And we remember India’s generosity to the United States in the early days of the pandemic, when India offered medications to us as our hospitals were strained   The White House Press Briefings April 26, 2021 Via Teleconference 2:47 P.M. EDT SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: All right. Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you for joining us. Sorry …

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Launching Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

At President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate on April 23, 2021, the United States and United Arab Emirates, with endorsement from the United Kingdom’s COP 26 Presidency, and with support from Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, and Uruguay, announced plans to launch the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate).

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Remarks by President Biden at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate Session 2: Investing in Climate Solutions

Taking on climate change together is more than just the right thing to do; it’s also in everyone’s best interests to do it.  Meeting this challenge is going to require mobilizing financing at an unprecedented scale. The White House April 22, 2021   East Room 10:50 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, hello again, everyone.  Welcome …

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Remarks by President Biden at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate Opening Session

Good morning to all of our colleagues around the world — the world leaders who are taking part in this summit.  I thank you.  You know, your leadership on this issue is a statement to the people of your nation and to the people of every nation, especially our young people, that we’re ready to …

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Statement by Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology on SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Incidents

The Biden Administration convened two Unified Coordination Groups (UCGs) to drive a whole of government response to the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange incidents. Due to the vastly increased patching and reduction in victims, we are standing down the current UCG surge efforts and will be handling further responses through standard incident management procedures. 

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A Proclamation on National Park Week, 2021

During National Park Week, let us dedicate ourselves to greater improvement, enjoyment, and preservation of our natural treasures, and to continue to find inspiration, strength, and all else we seek within them. The White House April 17, 2021   The renowned environmentalist and author, Rachel Carson, wrote in her seminal book Silent Spring that, “Those …

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Remarks by President Biden on Russia

If Russia continues to interfere with our democracy, I’m prepared to take further actions to respond. It is my responsibility, as President of the United States, to do so. The White House April 15, 2021 4:56 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Hello, folks. Thanks for coming over. Good afternoon, everyone. Earlier this week, I spoke with …

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Holding Russia To Account

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 taking in response. The President is …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Way Forward in Afghanistan

War in Afghanistan was never meant to be a multi-generational undertaking. We were attacked. We went to war with clear goals. We achieved those objectives. Bin Laden is dead, and al Qaeda is degraded in Iraq — in Afghanistan. And it’s time to end the forever war.

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U.S. and COVAX: Vaccinating the world

COVAX, an international partnership dedicated to equitable global access to vaccines, aims to distribute 2 billion doses of vaccine against COVID-­19 by the end of 2021. COVAX is coordinated by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken says the United States is committed …

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Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Passing of Prince Philip of the United Kingdom

Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Passing of Prince Philip of the United Kingdom APRIL 09, 2021 On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United …

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Easter traditions in America

This year on April 4, many American Christians will celebrate Easter — the oldest and most important holy day of the Christian calendar. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians believe Jesus was raised from the dead three days after his crucifixion some 2,000 years ago. Many Christians observe a period of fasting and …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 30, 2021 MR PRICE: Good afternoon. Today I have the privilege of welcoming back to the press briefing room Secretary Blinken. It’s especially a privilege today because the Secretary, as you know, is here to unveil the 2020 Human …

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Sanctions on Two Burmese Entities in Connection with the Military Regime

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 25, 2021 Members of the Burmese military have taken increasingly disturbing actions aimed at their own citizens since February 1. In response to the military’s refusal to disavow the coup and continuing violence against peaceful protestors, today the United States is taking its most significant action …

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Blinken presses Beijing on violations of rules-based order

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is defending the rules-based international order in the face of the People’s Republic of China’s global threat to democratic values and human rights. In his first meeting with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, Blinken stood up for the international system that promotes cooperation between countries and advances individual freedoms and …

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World Water Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 22, 2021 Water is an invaluable resource that we rely on for nearly everything we do. Reliable access to water underpins health, economic opportunity, and security in every country, and ensuring global access to safe and adequate water for basic needs is now more important than …

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China targets Uyghurs with sham trials, long sentences

The People’s Republic of China is stepping up baseless prosecutions of Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, sentencing innocent people to years in prison, a new report says. In a February 24 report, Human Rights Watch says that the PRC’s judicial system in Xinjiang has sentenced 250,000 Uyghur and other ethnic minorities to prison, and that …

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International partners empower NASA’s mission on Mars

When NASA’s Perseverance rover searches Mars for signs of ancient life it uses technology from partner nations across Europe. The 2,260-pound (1,025-kilogram) rover is armed with imaging and sensor equipment from France, Italy, Spain and Norway. “It’s on a mission of exploration, with elements contributed by our European partners to seek evidence of the possibility …

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Joint Statement: The United States and the United Kingdom are Working Together in the Fight Against Climate Change

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 8, 2021 Our countries are fully committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050. We urge all countries to take the steps needed to keep a 1.5 degree C temperature limit within reach, including through ambitious nationally determined contributions and long-term strategies to cut …

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Joint US-UK Statement on Suspension of Large Civilian Aircraft Tariffs

03/04/2021 WASHINGTON – The United States and the United Kingdom today released a joint statement announcing a four-month suspension of tariffs related to the ongoing large civilian aircraft dispute. “The United Kingdom and the United States are undertaking a four-month tariff suspension to ease the burden on industry and take a bold, joint step towards …

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Women in politics: A timeline

March is Women’s History Month. Here’s a look at political milestones for U.S. women. Gaining women’s right to vote (© Universal History Archive/UIG/Getty Images) 1851–1920. Women’s suffrage started out as an anti-slavery movement, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (right) and Susan B. Anthony leading the way. Women got the vote in 1920. Getting elected to Congress …

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U.S. Sanctions and Other Measures Imposed on Russia in Response to Russia’s Use of Chemical Weapons

CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ACT SANCTIONS Today, the Secretary of State determined that the Government of the Russian Federation has used a chemical weapon against its own nationals, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. As a result, the following sanctions will be imposed (full or partial waivers are noted below) after the 15-day Congressional …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the 2021 High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

“The humanitarian crisis taking place in Yemen is the largest and most urgent in the world. Twenty million people, including millions of children, desperately need help. The United States is committed to doing our part, both to provide aid and to help address the obstacles standing in the way of humanitarian access.” REMARKS ANTONY J. …

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Free speech: Protecting citizens’ voices advances societies

The Chinese government sentenced a book publisher to three years in prison in February after she voiced support for a prominent critic of the Chinese Communist Party. Geng Xiaonan’s sentence came after the party arrested dozens of politicians and democracy advocates in Hong Kong in January. Authoritarian governments punish speech to protect their power. In …

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Newcastle choir Voices of Virtue in trans-Atlantic collaboration with the world-famous Howard Gospel Choir

Newcastle choir Voices of Virtue in trans-Atlantic collaboration with the world-famous Howard Gospel Choir Voices of Virtue will perform in ‘Let Freedom Sing’ a pre-recorded concert on Saturday 27 February at 7pm   To Register Click Here!   Presented by Northern Roots, the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University, Washington, D.C., and Newcastle’s very own Voices of Virtue Choir come …

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BPA for Taxi Hailing service

The American Embassy intends to issue a Blanket Purchase Agreement(BPA) for on-call provision of taxi services via an App. The Embassy requires a supplier who can provide an app-based system which allows real-time and pre-scheduled hailing of licensed London official“Black Cab” taxis.Payment for journeys made will be by a monthly consolidated invoice so that there …

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Secretary Kerry Participates in the UN Security Council Open Debate on Climate and Security [Video]

The evidence, the science, is screaming at us, but just as humans have made the choices that brought us here, we can make the choices that take us to a better place. We can build resilience. We can even adapt to many of the projected impacts. REMARKS JOHN KERRY, SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE UNITED …

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Promoting Accountability for Those Responsible for Violence Against Protestors in Burma

The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Burma who came out across the country with courage and determination today to reject the military coup and voice their aspirations for a return to democratic governance, peace, and rule of law. We condemn the security forces’ brutal attacks on unarmed protesters, which resulted in …

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The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide

The United States is working with the international community to respond to COVID-19 and prevent future pandemics. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told a virtual meeting of the U.N. Security Council on February 17 that the United States is committed to working with global partners to expand vaccine manufacturing and access worldwide, including for …

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United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

“Climate change and science diplomacy can never again be “add-ons” in our foreign policy discussions. Addressing the real threats from climate change and listening to our scientists is at the center of our domestic and foreign policy priorities.” PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE February 19, 2021 7:49 A.M. EST On January 20, …

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Joint Statement on Rocket Attacks in Erbil OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON

US Department of State February 16, 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, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab following the February 15 attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region: …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Administration’s Response to the Coup in Burma

Last week, the United States helped bring together the U.N. Security Council, which issued a strong statement in support of Burmese democracy. And this week, we will use our renewed engagement on the Human Rights Council to strengthen the world’s commitment to human rights in Burma.

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Secretary Raab reaffirmed the special relationship between the United States and the UK. Secretary Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 27, 2021   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:‎ Secretary of …

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President Biden Takes Executive Actions to Tackle the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, Create Jobs, and Restore Scientific Integrity

Today, President Biden will take executive action to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad while creating good-paying union jobs and equitable clean energy future, building modern and sustainable infrastructure, restoring scientific integrity and evidence-based policymaking across the federal government, and re-establishing the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden Call with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom

President Joseph R. Biden spoke today with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom. The President conveyed his intention to strengthen the special relationship between our countries and revitalize transatlantic ties, underscoring the critical role of NATO to our collective defense and shared values.

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve.   The United States Capitol January 20, 2021 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s …

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CDC To Require Negative COVID Test From All Air Travelers Entering United States

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the U.S., including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Health Alert – U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom – November 3, 2020

On October 31, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined new restrictions in response to the continuing spread of coronavirus. In light of the new restrictions, the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom has reduced some routine in-person consular services

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The 2020 U.S. Election is just a few days away!

The 2020 U.S. Election is just days away!  Election day is November 3, 2020! Remember, U.S. embassies and consulates are NOT polling places. This means that you should not come to the Embassy in London or the Consulates in Belfast or Edinburgh on November 3 to cast your vote. Click here to visit our website  for information about using international airmail, the Federal …

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Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy United Kingdom – August 28, 2020

U. S. Embassy London August 28, 2020   Location Central London, United Kingdom Event Scheduled and pop-up demonstrations as well as counter-protests are being planned for August 29 to September 1, 2020 across the United Kingdom. The majority will be focused in central London but may occur without warning in cities throughout the UK or …

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State Department releases 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report

Now in it’s 20th year,  the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy London, United Kingdom – June 03, 2020

U. S. Embassy London June 03, 2020   Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy London, United Kingdom – June 03, 2020 Location:  Central London, Edinburgh, Belfast – United Kingdom Event:  Numerous demonstrations are being planned for June 3 to 7, 2020 across the United Kingdom.  The majority of the demonstrations will be focused in central London.  Several …

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Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad, April 06, 2020

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services; Acting Assistant Secretary Alice Wells, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad SPECIAL BRIEFING DR. WILLIAM WALTERS …

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SelectUSA Investment Summit Rescheduled to June 2021

SELECTUSA INVESTMENT SUMMIT RESCHEDULED June 6-9, 2021 Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.   Given the uncertainty facing a large number of public events around the world due to the progression of COVID-19, the SelectUSA Investment Summit has been rescheduled to take place on June 6-9, 2021, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. More details including …

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FACT SHEET: The United States is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

U.S. government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are mobilizing all necessary resources to respond rapidly, both at home and abroad.  As part of this comprehensive and generous U.S. response, the State Department and USAID are providing an initial investment of nearly $274 million in emergency health …

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Urgent Information for Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus

Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Autonomous Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation

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Save the date for the 2020 SelectUSA Investment Summit

The next SelectUSA Investment Summit returns to the Washington Hilton on June 1-3, 2020. The 2020 Investment Summit will build on the success of 2019, including a return of the SelectUSA Tech program, Industry Row, and the dynamic mobile networking app. Topics ranging from infrastructure to workforce development will once again feature prominent industry experts …

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5G: Who can you trust?

Emerging 5G wireless networks will change the world. New interconnected applications will revolutionize businesses, improve infrastructure and transform personal communications. These new applications will be central to our lives, so keeping all this data secure is more important than ever. But how can you protect against violations of your privacy? What about stolen business secrets …

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Statement from the President on the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.  He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization in the World.  The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years.  Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the …

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U.S. Announces $1.21 Billion to Support Blue Economy

Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach announced the United States’ 23 new commitments valued at 1.21 billion dollars to promote sustainable fisheries; combat marine debris; and support marine science, observation, and exploration. The primary focus of Our Ocean conferences is for invitees to announce significant, new voluntary actions …

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The United States and the United Kingdom Host 16th International Strategic Trade Controls and Border Security Conference in Edinburgh

The United States and the United Kingdom are hosting the 16th International Strategic Trade Controls and Border Security Conference in Edinburgh October 22-24, 2019. This conference brings together more than 200 export control and border security practitioners from 85 partner countries involved in dual-use and conventional arms policy, licensing, and enforcement to promote the development …

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World Travel Market (WTM) and Travel Forward 2019

Taking place from November 4-6, 2019 at the ExCel Conference Center in London, World Travel Market (WTM) and Travel Forward will gather over 60,000 visitors with travel suppliers, tour operators, media, technology providers, and technology buyers from around the globe. WTM will also be celebrating 40 years in 2019! The Commercial Service UK is working to promote the U.S. …

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Esper Travels to Stuttgart, London and Paris

Throughout his trip, Secretary Esper will meet with key leaders to reaffirm defense relationships and conduct bilateral and multilateral meetings with senior officials.   U.S. Department of Defense Advisory September 3, 2019 Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper embarks Wednesday, Sept. 4, to visit Stuttgart, London and Paris to meet with U.S. and ally leaders. …

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U.S. oil boom breaks records

The U.S. produced an average 12.2 million barrels of crude oil per day in April. That marked the first time monthly oil production surpassed 12 million barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Meet with U.S. Companies at Infosecurity Europe

The U.S. Commercial Service will be supporting U.S. exhibitors at Infosecurity Europe, the leading European trade exhibition for the rapidly growing market for IT and Cyber Security. About 140 U.S. companies will be exhibiting at Infosec19 and showcasing the latest in information security solutions and products. Infosecurity Europe features: over 400 exhibitors with the most …

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EducationUSA Interactive: The EducationUSA Academy 

Do you want to study in the U.S.? Would you like to experience life as an America college student? Gain an insider’s perspective on higher education in the United States while also getting the opportunity to experience and enjoy campus life during your school holidays!  If you are an international high school student (ages 15-17), …

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Department of State Submits 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

The U.S. Department of State submitted the 2019 edition of the annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) to Congress today. This two-volume, Congressionally-mandated report assesses foreign governments’ efforts to reduce illicit drug production, trafficking and use, as well as their work to counter drug trafficking-related money laundering. 

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World Oceans Day 2020

The ocean covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, supports billions of livelihoods worldwide, and provides more than half the oxygen we breathe through phytoplankton. The oceans are under a lot of pressure from illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and unsustainable fishing practices, marine debris and plastic litter, bycatch, and derelict fishing gear. #WorldOceansDay …

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