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June 22, 2021

US State Department: Armenia’s Parliamentary Elections

Washington, DC (STL.News) The United States congratulates the people of Armenia on their June 20 parliamentary elections.  We welcome the overall positive assessment by the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission.  We are pleased that ODIHR’s preliminary conclusions noted voters’ human rights and fundamental freedoms were generally respected, contestants were able to campaign...

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June 22, 2021

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with David Francis

Washington, DC (STL.News) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met yesterday with Sierra Leonean Foreign Minister David Francis in Washington, D.C. During their discussion, Deputy Secretary Sherman and Foreign Minister Francis emphasized the strength of U.S-Sierra Leone relations and our longstanding relationship...

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June 21, 2021

US State Department: Holding the Lukashenka Regime to Account

Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement: The United States has taken action against dozens of Belarusian individuals and entities in response to last month’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight between two European Union member states and the politically motivated arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich...

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June 21, 2021

US State Department: Joint Statement on Belarus

Washington, DC (STL.News) The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom, and the European External Action Service. Begin Text: We are united in our deep concern regarding the Lukashenka regime’s continuing attacks on human rights, fundamental freedoms,...

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June 21, 2021

US State Department: Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will join Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio in co-hosting a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on June 28 to discuss efforts in the campaign to achieve the enduring defeat...

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June 21, 2021

US State Department: Commemorating World Refugee Day

Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement: World Refugee Day presents an opportunity to recognize the courage and resilience of the millions of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes, the generosity of the communities that host them, and the united global response of humanitarian...

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June 18, 2021

US State Department: In Commemoration of Juneteenth

Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement: Juneteenth, or June 19, is a reflective day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.  On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery.  Yet it wasn’t until two and a half years...

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June 18, 2021

António Guterres as UN Secretary-General for a Second Term

Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement: On behalf of the United States, I am pleased to congratulate United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on his re-appointment today by the General Assembly to serve a second term. Secretary-General Guterres has proven a capable leader in a demanding role....

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June 18, 2021

Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Germany, France, Italy, & Vatican

Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Berlin, Paris, Rome, the Vatican, Bari, and Matera, June 22-29. In Berlin, the Secretary will attend the Second Berlin Conference on Libya to support national elections in December and the withdrawal of foreign forces.  While in Berlin, Secretary Blinken...

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June 18, 2021

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Former President Carter

Washington, DC (STL.News) The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with former President Jimmy Carter today about the deteriorating situation in Nicaragua.  They discussed U.S. concerns about the recent arrests, harassment, and arbitrary restrictions placed on presidential candidates, political parties, and independent media...

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June 18, 2021

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Alternate Prime Minister

Washington, DC (STL.News) 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.  The...

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