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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