Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Chair of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy Sharansky

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 21, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with renowned human rights defender Natan Sharansky, Chair of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. They discussed global challenges for democracy, the plight of political prisoners around …

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U.S. Leadership on Human Rights and Ending Systemic Racism

07/13/2021 09:27 PM EDT   Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State This Administration is deeply dedicated to addressing racial injustice and inequities at home and abroad. On the global stage, the United States is leading by example. Last month, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report on racism and police brutality against …

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Secretary of State Blinken to Host the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

NOTICE TO THE PRESS OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 30, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will release the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 1, 2021, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State. As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Lapid

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 17, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Israeli Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid today to continue conversations with the new Israeli government and to discuss the opportunities and ongoing challenges for Israel and the region. …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Lapid

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 13, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken warmly congratulated Yair Lapid today on Israel’s government formation and his appointment as Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. The Secretary and the Minister discussed the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security, the importance …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel Jerusalem, Ramallah,

Ramallah MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Statements to the Press MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Palestinian Civil Society Leaders Jerusalem May 26, 2021 – Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin May 25, 2021 – Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Yonit Levy of Channel 12 MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Israeli Alternate Prime Minister Gantz MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Antony J. Blinken Meet and Greet with Embassy Jerusalem Staff MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi Before Their Meeting MAY 25, 2021 –  Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Statements to the Press More:  Travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo, and Amman May 24-27, 2021

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Statements to the Press

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JERUSALEM MAY 25, 2021 PRIME MININSTER NETANYAHU:  Secretary Blinken, Tony, welcome to Jerusalem, your first visit as the Secretary of State.  I have – since we’re running – we had a long discussion, and we’re running late, so I want to be very brief and …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi Before Their Meeting

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FOREIGN MINISTRY JERUSALEM MAY 25, 2021 FOREIGN MINISTER ASHKENAZI:  Very briefly.  It’s an honor and pleasure to have my friend the Secretary of State for his first official visit in Israel and welcoming him on behalf of the government and the people of Israel.  The United States …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Meet and Greet with Embassy Jerusalem Staff

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE EMBASSY JERUSALEM JERUSALEM, ISRAEL MAY 25, 2021 MR SHRIER: We have – we are honored with a very special guest, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and I just want to say in introduction, sir, that you’re looking at a very small part of our embassy staff of nearly …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo, and Amman

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MAY 24, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo, and Amman May 24-27, 2021. Secretary Blinken is undertaking this trip at the request of President Biden. He will first travel to Jerusalem, where he will meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister …

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Secretary Blinken’s Calls with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 20, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi this morning and again in the afternoon. During their afternoon conversation, the Secretary welcomed the Foreign Minister’s confirmation that the parties had agreed to a ceasefire. Both …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Icelandic Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson At a Joint Press Availability May 18, 2021 Harpa Concert Hall 

Below are excerpts from the Secretary Blinken’s Remarks on Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza during a Press Availability with Icelandic Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, May 18, 2021. The full text can be found  here .  May 18, 2021 Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center Reykjavik, Iceland MODERATOR: Secretary of State of the United States and …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod At a Joint Press Availability

May 17, 2021 Eigtveds Pakhus Copenhagen, Denmark [excerpts for Israel, West Bank, and Gaza]… SECRETARY BLINKEN:  It’s – but it’s just particularly good to be here and to just get across the board such a warm welcome from everyone. Before speaking in greater depth about the partnership with Denmark, I do want to talk briefly about the …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Gary Pruitt, President and CEO of the Associated Press

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 15, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke this evening with Gary Pruitt, the President and CEO of the Associated Press. The Secretary offered his unwavering support for independent journalists and media organizations around the world and noted the indispensability of …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Palestinian Authority President Abbas

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 12, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The Secretary and the President discussed the violence in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, and the Secretary expressed his condolences for the lives lost …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken on Release of the 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC MAY 12, 2021 MR PRICE: Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today. I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to introduce Secretary Blinken, who will speak to the Department’s International Religious Freedom Report. We will then hear …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

May 12, 2021 Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Secretary expressed his concerns regarding the barrage of rocket attacks on Israel, his condolences for the lives lost as a result, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 11, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. The Secretary expressed his concerns regarding rocket attacks on Israel and his condolences for the lives lost as a result. The Secretary and the Foreign …

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World Press Freedom Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 2, 2021 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, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 30, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: ‎ Secretary Antony J. Blinken spoke with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi today. Secretary Blinken noted that he is deeply saddened by the tragedy at Mount Meron. He conveyed his heartfelt condolences for the lives lost, and he extended his …

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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

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 …

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Israel’s National Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 14, 2021 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer best wishes and congratulations to all Israelis as you mark the 73rd anniversary of Israel’s independence. As long-standing partners with shared democratic values, our countries stand united, whether in meeting the …

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Secretary Blinken Delivers Remarks for 2021 Days of Remembrance Commemoration

Secretary Blinken: On #YomHashoah , we remember to honor the lives of the six million Jews, as well as the Roma and Sinti, Slavs, disabled persons, LGBTQ+ individuals, and others, who were murdered by the Nazis. We remember to recognize the dignity of those killed and those who survived. We remember not only what happened, but …

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The United States Restores Assistance for the Palestinians

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 7, 2021 The United States is pleased to announce that, working with Congress, we plan to restart U.S. economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people. This includes $75 million in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10 million for peacebuilding …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 2, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed regional security challenges, humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people, and the normalization of relations with Arab and Muslim …

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

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 10, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member McCaul, thank you so much for your warm welcome. It’s very, very good to be back before this committee, to be back in this room. And I really do appreciate the opportunity to talk today about the foreign …

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The United States Opposes the ICC Investigation into the Palestinian Situation

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 3, 2021 Today, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), whose term ends in June, confirmed the opening of an investigation into the Palestinian situation. The United States firmly opposes and is deeply disappointed by this decision. The ICC has no jurisdiction over this matter. …

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

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 24, 2021 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 …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed regional security challenges and the importance of continued cooperation in addressing these issues. The Secretary addressed the U.S. …

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The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

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 framework for global action. …

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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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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Introductory Remarks for President Biden

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 4, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. Today I get to say something that brings me tremendous happiness: President Biden, Vice President Harris, welcome to the State Department. For more than two decades, I’ve had the privilege of watching President Biden at work. …

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken participated in Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs International Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is my first day as U.S. Secretary of State. And recording this message is one of the first things I’m doing. Because Holocaust Remembrance Day matters a great deal. It matters to me personally, as the stepson of a Holocaust survivor. My stepfather was just a boy when he lost his entire family to …

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Ministerial To Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East

The “Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East,” held jointly by the United States and Poland, will take place in Warsaw, Poland on February 13-14. This Ministerial will be an opportunity for countries to share their perspectives both from within and outside the region. This includes a conversation on …

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