U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency Partners with African Union Pan-African Veterinary Vaccine Center in Ethiopia

    Bishoftu, February 21, 2024 – Members of the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and Office of the Secretary of Defense participated in a ground-breaking ceremony for the new African Union Pan-African Veterinary Vaccine Center (AU-PANVAC) laboratory and training center in Bishoftu, Ethiopia on …

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Assistant Secretary Phee’s Travel to Somalia

Assistant Secretary Phee’s Travel to Somalia MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 16, 2024 Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee and Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Mike Hammer visited Mogadishu, Somalia February 15-16, 2024.  In a meeting with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, they discussed the current state of play in the region and the importance of avoiding further tensions.  They …

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Assistant Secretary Phee’s Travel to Ethiopia

Assistant Secretary Phee’s Travel to Ethiopia MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 9, 2024 Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia February 12-17, 2024.  Assistant Secretary Phee will be joined by Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Ambassador Mike Hammer, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of Global Health Security and …

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The Central African Republic’s Constitutional Referendum

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Presidential Elections in Zimbabwe

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6th Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

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On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day

  On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day PRESS STATEMENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 19, 2023 On World Humanitarian Day, the United States honors the humanitarian aid workers who continue to sacrifice so much to protect and assist the world’s most vulnerable populations.  We commend the bravery and compassion of those who put the welfare of others before their own, and we are grateful for …

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On Fighting in Nyala in South Darfur, Sudan

  On Fighting in Nyala in South Darfur, Sudan PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 17, 2023 The United States calls on the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to cease renewed fighting in Nyala, South Darfur, and other populated areas, which have caused death and destruction.  We are particularly alarmed by reports of indiscriminate shelling carried out by both the RSF …

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The Gabonese Republic National Day

  The Gabonese Republic National Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 17, 2023 On behalf of the United States, I would like to congratulate the people of Gabon on the 63rd anniversary of your independence. The United States stands ready to work directly with Gabon as it strives to diversify its economy, strengthen its maritime security, and counter illicit trafficking of its …

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Designation of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Public Officials for Significant Corruption

  Designation of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Public Officials for Significant Corruption PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 16, 2023 The United States is designating the following individuals as generally ineligible for entry into the United States, due to their involvement in significant corruption: Cosma Wilungula Balongelwa, the former Director General of Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN); Leonard Muamba Kanda, the former Department Head of the …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Rwandan President Kagame

  Secretary Blinken’s Call with Rwandan President Kagame   READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 15, 2023 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken had a productive call today with Rwandan President Paul Kagame. The two discussed the volatile situation along the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Secretary Blinken updated President Kagame on the …

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The Republic of the Congo National Day

  The Republic of the Congo National Day   PRESS STATEMENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 15, 2023 On behalf of the United States of America, I extend my congratulations to the government and the people of the Republic of the Congo on the 63rd anniversary of your independence on August 15. The United States and the Republic of the Congo cooperate in many areas to …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerian President Tinubu

  Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerian President Tinubu   READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 14, 2023 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Nigerian President Bola Tinubu. The Secretary commended President Tinubu’s leadership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Second Extraordinary Summit on the situation in the Republic of Niger. He noted …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Algerian Foreign Minister Attaf

  Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Algerian Foreign Minister Attaf READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 9, 2023 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matt Miller: Secretary Antony J. Blinken met today with Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf to discuss the U.S.-Algeria bilateral partnership and consult on shared efforts to de-escalate conflict and advance regional stability, including in the Sahel. The Secretary and Foreign Minister reaffirmed the importance …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum

  Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 9, 2023 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum. The two discussed Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland’s recent trip to Niamey and the Secretary conveyed the United States’ ongoing support for a solution that restores Niger to democratic rule …

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

  International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 9, 2023 Today, we celebrate the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.  With over 5,000 cultures and an estimated 7,000 languages, Indigenous communities bring unique perspectives, a rich diversity, and generations of knowledge to addressing so many of the challenges facing our planet today. Despite their rich histories …

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Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland’s Trip to Niger

  Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland’s Trip to Niger READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 7, 2023 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller: Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland traveled to Niamey to express our grave concern regarding developments in Niger and our resolute commitment to supporting democracy and constitutional order. The United States continues to call for the immediate release of President Mohamed …

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Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

  Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 7, 2023 Every August 7th, the State Department community – in Washington and at missions around the world – comes together to observe the anniversary of the U.S. Embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.We remember the 224 colleagues, friends, and loved ones, who were killed – including 12 Americans …

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Côte d’Ivoire National Day

  Côte d’Ivoire National Day On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate Côte d’Ivoire on 63 years of independence. The United States and Côte d’Ivoire share a special friendship grounded in our shared values. This partnership is brought to life by the collaboration of our two governments, our businesses, civil society and, most importantly, our people. …

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Foreign Assistance Programs and Events in Niger

  Foreign Assistance Programs and Events in Niger PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 4, 2023 The U.S. government is pausing certain foreign assistance programs benefiting the government of Niger. This interim measure does not impact all U.S. foreign assistance programs in Niger. Most importantly, the provision of life-saving humanitarian and food assistance will continue. Further, we are continuing U.S. government activities in Niger where …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerien President Bazoum

  Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerien President Bazoum READOUT AUGUST 2, 2023 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum. The Secretary continued his engagement with President Bazoum to discuss developments in Niger. The United States remains committed to the restoration of the democratically-elected government, consistent with the position …

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Morocco Throne Day

  Morocco Throne Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 30, 2023 On behalf of the Government and citizens of the United States of America, I extend my best wishes and congratulations to his Majesty King Mohammed VI and the people of Morocco as you celebrate Throne Day and the 24th Anniversary of his Majesty’s accession. Our deep and abiding relationship …

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Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit on Niger

  Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit on Niger PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 30, 2023 The United States welcomes and commends the strong leadership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government to defend constitutional order in Niger, actions that respect the will of the Nigerien people and align with enshrined ECOWAS and African Union principles of “zero …

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Benin National Day

  Benin National Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 1, 2023 On behalf of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the people of Benin on marking 63 years of independence. On this national day, we reaffirm the historical bonds between the United States and Benin. Our longstanding partnership is based on our mutual interest in democracy, …

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Africa Cryptocurrency Working Group Share Investigative Knowledge

Africa’s first and largest group of investigators working cases involving cryptocurrency gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July 2023 to share their knowledge and learn from U.S. facilitators.  Twenty-six members from seven nations of the Africa Cryptocurrency Working Group (ACWG), along with two U.S. International Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (ICHIP) attorney advisors and Federal …

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Designating Senior ISIS-Somalia Financier

Designating Senior ISIS-Somalia Financier   PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 27, 2023 The United States is designating Abdiweli Mohamed Yusuf, the head of finance for ISIS-Somalia, an ISIS affiliate in Africa that generates revenue ISIS distributes across the continent. ISIS-Somalia engages in extortion of financial institutions, local businesses, and mobile money service providers, exploiting vulnerabilities in Somalia’s institutions to finance its …

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Liberia National Day Message

Liberia National Day Message PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 26, 2023 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the people of Liberia as you mark your 176th year of independence. The United States and Liberia share a strong bond stemming from our shared history and cultural ties. We remain committed to work …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerien President Bazoum

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerien President Bazoum   READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 26, 2023 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum. The Secretary conveyed the unwavering support of the United States for President Mohamed Bazoum and Niger’s democracy. He emphasized that the United States stands with the Nigerien people and regional and international partners in condemning this effort …

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Statement from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan On Developments in Niger

Statement from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan On Developments in Niger   The United States is deeply concerned about today’s developments in Niger.  We strongly condemn any effort to detain or subvert the functioning of Niger’s democratically elected government, led by President Bazoum.  We specifically urge elements of the presidential guard to release President Bazoum from detention and refrain from violence.  We welcome the strong statements …

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On Reports of an Attempted Takeover in Niger

On Reports of an Attempted Takeover in Niger PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 26, 2023 The United States is gravely concerned about developments in Niger.  We strongly support the democratically elected President and condemn in the strongest terms any effort to seize power by force and disrupt the constitutional order.  We call for the immediate release of President Mohamed Bazoum and respect for the rule …

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The United States Announces More Than $380 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Africa

  The United States Announces More Than $380 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Africa   PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 20, 2023 The United States will provide an additional $380 million in humanitarian assistance for Africa. With this funding, the United States has provided more than $4 billion in humanitarian assistance this fiscal year to respond to the needs of refugees, internally displaced persons, and people affected by conflict and …

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Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Nelson Mandela International Day

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Nelson Mandela International Day   United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release July 18, 2023 Today, on what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 105th birthday, we celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most inspiring leaders of our time. Nelson Mandela’s selfless contribution to advancing human rights, freedom, …

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Russia’s Suspension of Participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative

Russia’s Suspension of Participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 17, 2023 The United States deeply regrets Russia’s decision to suspend participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative. The Russian government’s continued weaponization of food harms millions of vulnerable people around the world. Since August 2022, the Black Sea Grain Initiative has shipped over 32 million metric tons of Ukrainian grain and …

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On Sierra Leone’s Election

On Sierra Leone’s Election PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 14, 2023 The United States continues to be concerned about irregularities in the election results announced by the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL). Independent parallel vote tabulations and analyses by accredited national and international observation missions raise questions about the integrity of the official results. We call on the government to institute …

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On the Global Food Crisis

On the Global Food Crisis PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 13, 2023 The United States has long been at the forefront of tackling global food insecurity, and we remain steadfast in our leadership through our focus on two crucial dimensions: immediate emergency response and long-term strategies for sustainable productivity. Global food demand will increase by more than 50 percent in 2050, but …

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Investigations and Prosecutions of Atrocities in Darfur

Investigations and Prosecutions of Atrocities in Darfur PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 13, 2023 The United States condemns in the strongest terms the continued atrocities and ethnically targeted killings committed by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and its allied militias in West Darfur, as reported by credible sources.  The destruction of the village of Misterei and mass killings of its inhabitants, reportedly at the …

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FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Delivers on Major Trade and Investment Deals Following the 2022 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Delivers on Major Trade and Investment Deals Following the 2022 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit   In December 2022, President Biden hosted leaders from across the African continent for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC. At the Summit, business and government leaders committed to catalyze trade and investment deals and partnerships which will create jobs and foster shared prosperity for people across the African continent and the United States. …

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South Sudan National Day

South Sudan National Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 9, 2023 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of South Sudan on the celebration of their independence. Twelve years ago, upon the founding of the world’s youngest nation, then-President Barack Obama recognized the people of South Sudan for having “endured extraordinary hardship and …

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Malawi Independence Day

Malawi Independence Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 6, 2023 On behalf of the United States of America, please accept my best wishes as the people of Malawi commemorate Independence Day on July 6. The U.S.-Malawi partnership is an anchor for peace and stability, rooted in shared democratic values and a commitment to a healthier, more prosperous …

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Comoros National Day

Comoros National Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 6, 2023 I extend my heartful congratulations to the Comorian people on the forty-eighth anniversary of your independence. This has been a watershed year in expanding our relationship with the people of Comoros. We signed a Joint Statement on Cooperation, introduced new avenues for assistance and cooperation, and Comoros hosted the visit …

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Cabo Verde National Day

Cabo Verde National Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 5, 2023 On behalf of the U.S. Government, I extend warm wishes to Cabo Verde on its 48th year of independence.  Our nations share a strong bond based on mutual dedication to democracy, free trade, maritime security, the rule of law, and economic prosperity.  Cabo Verde stands as an exemplary model of …

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Algeria National Day

Algeria National Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 5, 2023 On behalf of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the Government of Algeria and its people as they celebrate Algeria’s Independence Day on July 5. Our two countries share a deep commitment to independence, which provides a strong foundation for our enduring and historic partnership. Our …

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Statement on Announcement by Senegalese President Sall

Statement on Announcement by Senegalese President Sall PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 3, 2023 The United States welcomes today’s announcement by Senegalese President Macky Sall that he would not seek re-election for a third term.  We believe that free and fair elections and transitions of power yield stronger institutions and more stable and prosperous countries.  President Sall’s clear statement sets an example for the …

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Rwanda National Day

Rwanda National Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 1, 2023 On behalf of the United States of America, I extend my congratulations to the people of Rwanda on the 61st anniversary of your independence on July 1 and the 29th anniversary of Liberation Day on July 4.  The United States and Rwanda cooperate in many areas to advance …

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Burundi National Day

Burundi National Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 1, 2023 On behalf of the United States of America, I send my congratulations to the people of the Republic of Burundi as you celebrate 61 years of independence.  We commend Burundi’s continuing political and economic reforms and welcome Burundi’s positive engagement with international financial institutions.  We also appreciate the leadership role …

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Somalia National Day

Somalia National Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 1, 2023 On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people and Government of Somalia on your 63rd National Day. The United States commends Somalia’s progress in defeating terrorism and building peace and stability through reconciliation. The United States looks forward to strengthening the bonds of our partnership as …

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Democratic Republic of the Congo National Day

Democratic Republic of the Congo National Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 30, 2023 On behalf of the United States of America, I extend best wishes to all Congolese people and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the 63rd anniversary of your independence. Democracy is the bedrock of our bilateral relationship. The right of every person to vote in free …

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Seychelles National Day

  Seychelles National Day PRESS STATEMENT JUNE 29, 2023 Congratulations to the people of Seychelles on the forty-seventh anniversary of your independence. The United States recently opened an embassy in Seychelles for the first time in 27 years, the clearest evidence yet of our commitment to our deep and enduring partnership. This increased presence will help us make …

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Commemoration of Eid al-Adha

  Commemoration of Eid al-Adha PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 27, 2023 On behalf of the United States, I wish Muslims both at home and around the world a blessed Eid al-Adha. For those who celebrate, Eid al-Adha is a powerful reminder of the communal obligation to take care of one another. As Muslims gather across the globe to commemorate the …

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The United States Issues an Advisory Focused on the Gold Sector Across Sub-Saharan Africa

  The United States Issues an Advisory Focused on the Gold Sector Across Sub-Saharan Africa MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 27, 2023 Today, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the United States Agency for International Development issued a unique business risk advisory focused on the gold sector across sub-Saharan Africa.  …

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First African American Art Exhibited at AU for Africa Day

The U.S. Mission to the African Union welcomed Jerome W. Jones, Jr. and Jeromyah Jones , father-son visual artists from Richmond, Virginia, in May to showcase more than a dozen pieces of their art in commemoration of Africa Day 2023.  The Joneses participated in the African Union’s Africa Day Ceremony on May 25, making them the first Black American artists to exhibit their …

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Djibouti National Day

Djibouti National Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 27, 2023 On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the Djiboutian people on the 46th anniversary of your nation’s independence. The United States and Djibouti have enjoyed a strong partnership for many decades. We look forward to deepening our bonds through greater cooperation on common priorities including economic development, …

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 26, 2023 On this International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the United States reaffirms our condemnation of torture wherever and whenever it occurs and stands in solidarity with victims and survivors of torture around the world. The absolute prohibition of torture is a human right enshrined in U.S. and international …

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Madagascar National Day

Madagascar National Day PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 26, 2023 On behalf of the United States of America, I wish the people of Madagascar a heartfelt congratulations as you celebrate 63 years of independence on June 26. The United States values Madagascar as a partner, and I am proud of the ways we have expanded our bilateral relationship. I am …

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Mozambique National Day

Mozambique National Day PRESS STATEMENT JUNE 25, 2023 Today, I extend my congratulations to the people of Mozambique as you celebrate the anniversary of your country’s independence. For the past 48 years, our relationship has grown to reflect our shared commitment to achieving the sustainable peace and stability that all Mozambicans deserve. Side by side, we partner to …

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The Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration Announces New Approach to Address the Impacts of Climate Change on Migration an

The Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration Announces New Approach to Address the Impacts of Climate Change on Migration and Displacement FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 21, 2023 As the world seeks to tackle the climate crisis, it is vital that we develop smart, humane policies to address the impacts of climate change on migration and displacement within countries and across borders.  Climate change increasingly drives mobility and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities, requiring greater support for those on the …

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The United States Announces Nearly $172 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Sudan and Neighboring Countries

The United States Announces Nearly $172 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Sudan and Neighboring Countries PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 20, 2023 The United States announced nearly $172 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Sudan and neighboring countries experiencing the impacts of the ongoing humanitarian crisis. With this funding, the United States has provided more than $550 million in humanitarian assistance this fiscal year for Sudan and neighboring countries, …

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On the Occasion of World Refugee Day 2023

On the Occasion of World Refugee Day 2023 PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 20, 2023 Today, we recognize the courage and resilience of millions of refugees who have been forced to flee persecution, the generosity of the communities that host them, and the global response of humanitarian partners that support them. The United States has welcomed more than 3.5 million refugees for permanent resettlement since …

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Special Envoy Fowler’s Recorded Remarks at the African Union Strategic Climate Investment Roundtable

Special Envoy Fowler’s Recorded Remarks at the African Union Strategic Climate Investment Roundtable REMARKS DR. CARY FOWLER, SPECIAL ENVOY FOR GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY OFFICE OF GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY AFRICAN UNION STRATEGIC CLIMATE INVESTMENT ROUNDTABLE ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (VIRTUAL) JUNE 20, 2023 CARY FOWLER: Hello, I’m Dr. Cary Fowler, the Special Envoy for Global Food Security at the U.S. Department of State. I’d like to thank Commissioner Sacko and …

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The Malian Transition Government’s Withdrawal of Consent for MINUSMA

The Malian Transition Government’s Withdrawal of Consent for MINUSMA PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 19, 2023 The United States regrets the transition government of Mali’s decision to revoke its consent for MINUSMA.  We are concerned about the effects this decision will have on the security and humanitarian crises impacting the Malian people.  We will continue to work …

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Final Report by UN Group of Experts

Final Report by UN Group of Experts PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 19, 2023 The United States welcomes the final report by the United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  We condemn the violence that has left so many dead, injured, displaced, and vulnerable to violence.  Those responsible for these acts must be held accountable.  We call on …

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The Imperative of Eliminating Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Imperative of Eliminating Sexual Violence in Conflict PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 19, 2023 Every year since its inception, the United States has joined the global community in recognizing June 19 as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. Despite global and national commitments to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, we recognize we must do more to bolster the …

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Visa Restrictions for Undermining the Democratic Process in Uganda

Visa Restrictions for Undermining the Democratic Process in Uganda PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 16, 2023 In response to human rights abuses and corruption in Uganda, the Department of State announces that it is taking steps to impose visa restrictions under Section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act on Ugandan individuals believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda. …

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Condemning Atrocities in Darfur

Condemning Atrocities in Darfur PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 15, 2023 The United States condemns in the strongest terms the ongoing human rights violations and abuses and horrific violence in Sudan, especially reports of widespread sexual violence and killings based on ethnicity in West Darfur by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and allied militias.  Local groups estimate that up to 1,100 …

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Digital Press Briefing on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit – Six Months of Progress

Digital Press Briefing on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit – Six Months of Progress SPECIAL BRIEFING MOLLY PHEE, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF AFRICAN AFFAIRS JUDD DEVERMONT, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR AFRICAN AFFAIRS AMBASSADOR JOHNNIE CARSON, SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR U.S.-AFRICA LEADERS SUMMIT IMPLEMENTATION JUNE 13, 2023 MODERATOR:  Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub.  I welcome our participants dialing …

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Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Summit

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Summit PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 13, 2023 The United States warmly congratulates Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh on his election as chairman of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) during the IGAD Summit held in Djibouti June 12. The United States also welcomes the extension of IGAD Executive Secretary Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu’s tenure. Since its founding nearly …

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U.S. Support for the Minnesota Bid to Host Expo 2027

U.S. Support for the Minnesota Bid to Host Expo 2027 PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 12, 2023 On June 21 in Paris the United States will present to the member states of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) our bid to bring an international expo to Minnesota ahead of the selection vote.  With a projected 14 million visits, it will serve as a gateway to the heartland …

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World Day Against Child Labor

World Day Against Child Labor PRESS STATEMENT MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 12, 2023 On World Day Against Child Labor, we highlight the importance of partnership in combatting child labor.  The recent G7 Summit in Hiroshima saw the United States and other leaders reaffirm their commitment to eradicate forced and compulsory labor, as well as child labor. They discussed measures such as legislation, regulations, and incentives …

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Public Launch of Sudan Conflict Observatory Monitoring Platform

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On Wednesday, Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Mission to the African Union (USAU), Ambasador Susan D. Page hosted an event to recognize the first cohort of Africa CDC Epidemiologists. U.S. CDC is supporting nine Epidemiologists from AU Member States to staff the Africa CDC. The AU, U.S., China, and other partners are collaborating to provide …

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