United States Hosts U.S.– EU Space Dialogue

As part of our deep ongoing collaboration on outer space issues, officials from the United States and the European Union met for the 11th U.S.-EU Space Dialogue in Washington, D.C.  Officials discussed cooperation on Earth observation and disaster response, global navigation satellite systems, spaceflight safety and space situational awareness, and opportunities for trans-Atlantic cooperation to ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: The 2022 NATO Summit in Madrid

The June 29-30, 2022 NATO Summit in Madrid, Spain will be an historic moment for the Transatlantic Alliance. Building on the President’s first NATO Summit on June 14, 2021, and extraordinary Summits held on February 25, 2022 and March 24, 2022 in response to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, this Summit in Madrid will ... Read More»

Targeting Russia’s War Machine

The United States reaffirms our commitment to working alongside our allies and partners to further impose severe consequences on President Putin and his supporters for Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against the government and people of Ukraine.  Today, the Departments of State and the Treasury are imposing sanctions on additional entities and individuals, including Russia’s ... Read More»

Statement by President Biden on Trilateral Agreement Between Turkey, Finland, and Sweden

I congratulate Turkey, Finland and Sweden on signing a trilateral memorandum, which paves the way for Allies to invite Finland and Sweden to join NATO at the Madrid Summit. When I welcomed President Niinistö and Prime Minister Andersson to the White House last month, I told them that the United States strongly supports their membership. ... Read More»

Today’s Supreme Court Decision

As Secretary of State, I usually avoid commenting on Supreme Court rulings. But today’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade has raised understandable questions and concerns across the world and within our workforce. So let me be clear: under this Administration, the State Department will remain fully committed to helping provide access to reproductive health services ... Read More»

Other USG Employees

A Mission visa is required when assignments are longer than ninety (90) days. A Mission visa will not be granted for assignments less than ninety (90) days. The U.S. Sending State Office (USSSO) in Rome is designated as the accrediting officer. Prior to contractor accreditation, contracts must be submitted to and approved by the Defense ... Read More»

U.S. Government Contractors (Technical Representatives & Civilian Personnel)

A Mission visa is required when assignments are longer than ninety (90) days. A Mission visa will not be granted for assignments less than ninety (90) days. The U.S. Sending State Office (USSSO) in Rome is designated as the accrediting officer. Prior to contractor accreditation, contracts must be submitted to and approved by the Defense ... Read More»

DoD Civilian Employees

DoD Civilian Employees require a passport and a Mission visa in their Official (maroon) or No-Fee Regular (blue) passport for entry into Italy. Dependents and civilian component members MUST obtain a Mission visa and an official (maroon) or no-fee regular (blue) passport prior to entry into Italy. Read More»

Uniformed Military Personnel

The NATO SOFA exempts military personnel from any visa requirements. Uniformed personnel may enter Italy on solely their military orders, CAC, and NATO Travel Orders, although note that NATO Travel Orders are rarely issued for inbound PCSing personnel who routinely enter with only their CAC and PCS orders. However, if your new duty station will ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

Effective December 6, 2021, all air passengers 2 years or older (citizens of all nationalities, including U.S. citizens, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated) with a flight departing to the US from a foreign country, are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the ... Read More»

$1 Billion of New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

Today, we announced an additional $1 billion in additional military assistance for Ukraine.  Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, I am authorizing our twelfth drawdown of arms and equipment from U.S. Department of Defense inventories for Ukraine’s defense since August 2021, valued at up to $350 million.  This authorization, combined with $650 ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Support for Ukraine and Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

This morning, I spoke with President Zelenskyy to discuss Russia’s brutal and ongoing war against Ukraine. I reaffirmed my commitment that the United States will stand by Ukraine as it defends its democracy and support its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of unprovoked Russian aggression. I informed President Zelenskyy that the United States ... Read More»

The climate crisis threatens these marine creatures [photo gallery]

Around one-third of all marine life will face extinction within 300 years if global temperatures keep rising, says a new report in Science. The extinction of ocean creatures would weaken global economies, harm land-based ecosystems and change life on Earth as we know it. “The ocean is our lifeblood, impacting a $500 billion global economy and ... Read More»

LGBTQI+ people: Making history throughout history

Members of the LGBTQI+ community in the United States and around the world have established an impressive legacy in art, history, literature, math, science and politics. Over the years, LGBTQI+ figures took significant risks to enter and succeed in competitive fields, knowing their identities could jeopardize their own careers or those of others. Despite discrimination and harassment, ... Read More»

World Day Against Child Labor

On World Day Against Child Labor, we renew our commitments and efforts to combat child labor and protect children. The United States was one of the first countries to sign the international treaty against child labor.  When President Clinton signed what is known as the Worst Forms of Child Labor Convention in 1999, he recognized that to ... Read More»

How the U.S. supports workers’ rights around the world

The United States partners with other countries and international organizations to protect and empower workers around the world. By supporting international labor groups and leveraging trade and development projects, the United States contributes to the protection of workers’ rights and better working conditions for many of the world’s workers. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken ... Read More»

The Russian military’s history of atrocities

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces in Ukraine have destroyed apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, shopping centers and ambulances, leaving thousands of civilians killed or wounded. Mounting evidence indicates that the Russian Federation’s forces are torturing and killing civilians in the cities they capture. After Russia’s forces withdrew from the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, city officials recovered ... Read More»

Russia’s National Day

On behalf of the United States of America, I express my wish for a more peaceful, open future for the people of Russia as they commemorate Russia Day.  June 12, 1990, marked an important step in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Russia for freedom, democracy, and the breaking down of barriers that separate ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, June 10, 2022

As of June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer require air travelers to show a negative COVID-19 ... Read More»

World Ocean Day 

The health and productivity of our ocean is under threat. Greenhouse gas emissions are making our ocean warmer, higher, more acidic, and less productive. Meanwhile, illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is threatening fish stocks and marine biodiversity, while plastic pollution is choking our ocean. Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Maria Ressa on Digital Diplomacy and Human Rights Online

It’s so important from our perspective that the United States, likeminded governments, but especially with civil society, with NGOs, with think tanks, with the private sector, work to protect human rights online, work to demonstrate that our democracies can deliver for people as we navigate this extraordinary digital transformation that is having an impact on ... Read More»

How U.S. food recalls protect consumers

In the United States, several government agencies work together to ensure food safety through a system many consider to be one of the best in the world. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration work together to protect consumers ... Read More»

D-Day anniversary prompts reflection

June 6, 2022, marks the 78th anniversary of D-Day, when the largest amphibious military operation of modern times landed 156,000 Allied soldiers by sea and air on five beachheads in Normandy, France. D-Day was the start of Allied operations in World War II that would liberate Western Europe and defeat Nazi Germany 11 months later. Most of ... Read More»

U.S. Action Plan on Global Water Security

Water is the source of life, and it nurtures and sustains livelihoods and civilizations. Secure and sustainable access to safe water is an essential element of national security, and the Department of State is working together with our partners and allies to facilitate water cooperation and engagement on water management across our development programming and ... Read More»

2021 Report on International Religious Freedom

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of ... Read More»

The Anniversary of the Founding of the Italian Republic

On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Italy on the 76th anniversary of the founding of the Italian Republic. On this day, Italy and the United States celebrate our shared heritage and values including freedom, democracy, rule of law, and our flourishing cultural ties. Millions of Americans proudly claim ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Di Maio discussed Russia’s brutal and unprovoked war against Ukraine and affirmed their commitment to supporting Ukraine and others suffering from the effects of the war. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister also stressed the ... Read More»

With liberty and justice for all: The advancement of LGBTQI+ rights in the U.S.

The movement to safeguard the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people in the United States is part of a larger U.S. tradition of ensuring minority rights. That tradition began when President Ulysses S. Grant signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1871. Now recognized as the world’s first legislation aimed ... Read More»

Advancing America’s long tradition of welcoming refugees

President Biden is ensuring the United States remains a safe haven for refugees and that those who apply to immigrate to the country under humanitarian programs are treated with dignity and respect. In a February 4, 2021, executive order, Biden took steps to strengthen the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), a collaboration between government and community groups that reflects ... Read More»

What Memorial Day means to Americans

Memorial Day honors America’s military men and women who lost their lives in service to their country. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May, a time of year when weather is turning warmer and schools and universities are adjourning for summer break. To Americans, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile by the DPRK

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, condemn in the strongest terms the test of yet another Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) conducted on May 25, 2022, by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). ... Read More»

How Arlington became a final resting place for veterans

One of the most significant sites for such commemoration is Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for U.S. military personnel of every major American conflict since the Revolutionary War. The cemetery sits across the Potomac River from Washington in Northern Virginia. In 2021, President Biden visited there on Memorial Day and said, “May the light ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks at a Reception in Recognition of Eid

And a big thanks to start to our colleagues at the Office of International Religious Freedom for getting us all together tonight, for organizing this reception, and Rashad, especially to you for your leadership, which has been extraordinary. Just over the past few months, Rashad and his team have helped drive our foreign policy priorities ... Read More»

Biden: U.S. welcomes Finland, Sweden’s bids to join NATO

President Biden supported and welcomed Finland’s and Sweden’s applications to join NATO, saying the two democracies will strengthen the alliance and bolster trans-Atlantic security. “I am proud to welcome and offer the strong support of the United States for the applications of two great democracies and two close, highly capable partners to join the strongest, ... Read More»

Launch of the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA) for Ukraine

The United States, along with the European Union and the United Kingdom, has created the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA).  This joint initiative will directly support the efforts of the War Crimes Units of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine (OPG) to document, preserve, and analyze evidence of war crimes and other atrocities ... Read More»

Joint Statement from the EU, U.S., and UK on the establishment of the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA) for Ukraine

Today, the European Union, the United States, and the United Kingdom announced the creation of the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA), a mechanism aimed at ensuring efficient coordination of their respective support to accountability efforts on the ground. The ACA will reinforce current EU, US and UK efforts to further accountability for atrocity crimes in the context ... Read More»

Joint Statement Between the United States and the European Commission on European Energy Security

Russia has demonstrated that it is an unreliable supplier of energy to Europe through unjustified and unacceptable actions such as cutting off electricity and natural gas to Finland, halting natural gas exports to Poland and Bulgaria, and threatening similar actions against other European nations. The United States and the European Commission condemn Russia’s use of ... Read More»

U.S. rushes humanitarian aid to Ukraine

The U.S. government has provided more than $688 million in humanitarian assistance to help the people of Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion began on February 24. The aid comes as Russia’s war of aggression has displaced 7.7 million people within Ukraine and forced more than 6 million to flee to neighboring countries. This humanitarian assistance — through the U.S. Agency for ... Read More»

War in Ukraine damages major cultural sites

Russia’s war against Ukraine has damaged more than 260 sites important to Ukraine’s culture, new reports show. “This is a struggle for our cultural heritage,” said Ihor Poshyvailo, general director of the National Memorial and the Maidan Museum, during an online discussion April 28 hosted by the National Museum of American Diplomacy. The Russian military’s constant bombing of Ukraine ... Read More»

Countries step up global fight against COVID-19

Countries and organizations around the globe are redoubling efforts to vaccinate the world against COVID-19, save lives now, and prepare for future pandemics and other health crises. At the Second COVID-19 Summit, held virtually May 12, leaders of numerous countries, the private sector and nongovernmental groups committed a total of $3.2 billion to expand access ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Launch of Passport Renewal Online Fee Payment Program, May 19, 2022

The U.S. Mission to Italy is pleased to announce the launch of an online payment program for adult passport renewal for U.S. citizens resident in Italy. Qualified applicants will no longer need to make an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate General. Effective May 22, 2022, passport applicants wishing to pay for their DS-82 renewal ... Read More»

Global Food Security Ministerial

In order to mobilize action to address global food insecurity, Secretary Blinken will host a ministerial-level meeting in New York on May 18, bringing together a broad, regionally diverse group of 30-35 countries, including those most affected by food insecurity and those in a position to take action to strengthen global food resilience and security. ... Read More»

The United States Leads Days of Action on Global Food Security at the United Nations

The United States is committed to ending hunger and malnutrition and building more sustainable, equitable, and resilient food systems around the world. In support of these ongoing efforts, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken is traveling to New York City May 18-19 to convene meetings to mobilize action on global food security. Read More»

Raising the Flag at U.S. Embassy Kyiv

Three months ago, we lowered our flag over the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, just days before Russian forces streamed across Ukraine’s border to carry out President Putin’s unprovoked, unjustified war of choice.  When we suspended operations at the embassy, we made the point clear: while we would relocate U.S. embassy personnel for their safety ... Read More»

Promoting Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine

The U.S. Department of State is announcing the launch of a new Conflict Observatory to capture, analyze, and make widely available evidence of Russia-perpetrated war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine.  The program encompasses the documentation, verification, and dissemination of open-source evidence regarding the actions of Russia’s forces during President Putin’s brutal war of choice. Read More»

Promoting Accountability for War Crimes and Other Atrocities in Ukraine

The U.S. Department of State is announcing the launch of a new Conflict Observatory to capture, analyze, and make widely available evidence of Russia-perpetrated war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine.  The program encompasses the documentation, verification, and dissemination of open-source evidence regarding the actions of Russia’s forces during President Putin’s brutal war of choice. Read More»

Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council Meeting in Paris

Thanks very much, and thanks to all of you for joining us today.  As you all might remember, last June at the U.S.-EU Summit, President Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel established the U.S. and EU Trade and Technology Council.  The U.S.-EU TTC, as we call ... Read More»

U.S. supports countries amid Putin’s food crisis

Russia’s war in Ukraine has resulted in more than 5.7 million refugees fleeing Ukraine into neighboring countries while an estimated 7.7 million people are internally displaced in the country, according to the U.N. A major consequence of this war is that, while Russian President Vladimir Putin destroys farms in Ukraine, people around the world go ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia’s War Against Ukraine

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, are steadfast in our solidarity with and our support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russia’s unjustifiable, unprovoked and illegal war of aggression, a war in which ... Read More»

Transcript of Pelosi Remarks at Photo Opportunity with His Excellency Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of the Italian Republic

I most recently saw him in Rome, when we were there for G20, as a lead-up into the Glasgow COP26 Conference on Climate, where Italy was a – the prime co-sponsor with the U.K.  That was a very productive meeting.  Countries from well more than 20 countries, some – some guests were there as well. ... Read More»

Joint Readout of the Meeting Between President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Prime Minister Mario Draghi

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. of the United States and Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy met today at the White House. The leaders reaffirmed the strong and broad U.S.-Italian partnership reflected in the deep and enduring ties between our people and our countries, of which our alliance through NATO and the U.S. partnership with ... Read More»

Europe Day

On this day, 72 years ago, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman put forward the idea for what would eventually become the European Union.  His vision became real 30 years ago with the signature of the Treaty on European Union in Maastricht.  Schuman’s animating principle was that closer cooperation and creative thinking could bring about lasting ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Hong Kong Chief Executive Selection

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, underscore our grave concern over the selection process for the Chief Executive in Hong Kong as part of a continued assault on political pluralism and fundamental freedoms. Read More»

G7 Leaders’ Statement

Today, on 8 May, we, the Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), alongside Ukraine and the wider global community, commemorate the end of the Second World War in Europe and the liberation from fascism and the National Socialist reign of terror, which caused immeasurable destruction, unspeakable horrors and human suffering. We mourn the millions ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. and G7 Partners Impose Severe Costs for Putin’s War Against Ukraine

Our unprecedented sanctions are already exacting an immense toll on Russia’s economy and our export controls have strangled Russia’s access to critical technology and the supply chains it needs to sustain its military ambitions. Putin’s war is projected to wipe out the last 15 years of economic gains in Russia. As a result of our ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on the Occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2022

We live in perilous times for press freedom. At least eleven journalists have been killed in Ukraine in recent weeks. Another 11 have been wounded by gunfire. Others have been kidnapped and assaulted, and at least one remains missing.  In Russia, the Kremlin has tightened its vice-grip on civil society, including through passage of a ... Read More»

U.S. Mission to Italy and the Phillips Collection Collaborate with Italian Museums

Supported by a grant from the United States Embassy to Italy to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in museums, professionals from The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC will conduct a week of collaborative workshops from May 2 - 9 with Italian contemporary art museums in Turin (GAM - Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea), Rome ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

As Muslims in the United States and around the world conclude the month of Ramadan and celebrate Eid al-Fitr, Jill and I extend our warmest wishes to all who are celebrating this joyous occasion. Eid marks the completion of a holy month dedicated to devotion and reflection, when families and communities come together to celebrate ... Read More»

Partnering to counter ISIS in Africa

ISIS has made significant inroads into Africa. An 84-member coalition committed to countering ISIS globally is working to deter further advances on the African continent by ISIS affiliates. The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS will hold its annual ministerial in Marrakesh, Morocco, on May 11 to address the growing threat from ISIS in Africa and ... Read More»

Countries expel Russian diplomats in protest over Ukraine

Nations are sending a loud message in response to Russia’s February full-scale invasion of Ukraine: They’re ordering Russian officials to leave. An estimated 400 Russian diplomatic officials were expelled from Europe since the invasion, according to Foreign Policy magazine. Among NATO members, at least 24 out of 30 member states asked Russian officials to leave. Read More»

Release of the First Annual Interagency Report on Advancing LGBTQI+ Human Rights

Today we released the first-ever public report on the U.S. government’s implementation of the 2021 Presidential Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons (LGBTQI+) Around the World.  The report details our efforts to protect and promote the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons globally over the past year.  ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the Request to Congress for Additional Funding to Support Ukraine

Hello, everybody.  Good morning.  I just signed a request to Congress for critical security, economic, and humanitarian assistance to help Ukraine continue to counter Putin’s aggression and — at a very pivotal moment. We need this bill to support Ukraine in its fight for freedom.  And our NATO Allies, our EU partners — they’re going ... Read More»

Statement by WH Press Secretary Psaki on the Bilateral Meeting between President Biden and Prime Minister Draghi of Italy

President Biden looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy to the White House on May 10, 2022.  The visit will reaffirm the deep bonds of friendship and strong partnership between the United States and Italy.  The leaders will discuss their ongoing coordination with Allies and partners on measures to support of the people ... Read More»

The European Democratic Resilience Initiative

On March 24, President Biden announced  the launch of the European Democratic Resilience Initiative (EDRI) to bolster democratic resilience, advance anti-corruption efforts, and defend human rights in Ukraine and its neighbors in response Russia’s war of aggression.  Working with Congress, the Biden Administration aims to harness the EDRI to provide up to $320 million in new funding ... Read More»

Biden Administration Increases Access to COVID-⁠19 Treatments and Boosts Patient and Provider Awareness

Driven by President Biden’s comprehensive COVID-19 response, there are now more tools than ever before to protect people from the virus, including highly-effective treatments. Over the past 15 months, the Administration has pulled levers across the federal government and deployed resources Congress provided to expedite the development, production, and procurement of COVID-19 treatments. As a ... Read More»

International Travel Recommendations

U.S. citizens considering international travel should plan ahead and be informed about travel requirements before making decisions or firm travel plans.  We urge U.S. citizens considering international travel to check their passport expiration date early and if renewal is needed, to submit applications as far ahead of their travel dates as possible.  Travelers should check ... Read More»

A Proclamation on Earth Day, 2022

Fifty-two years ago, millions of people gathered across our country in a rally to protect our planet.  This collective action gave birth to a new movement and spurred the creation of landmark environmental laws that protect the air we breathe and the water we drink.  Today, we must recapture that spirit and, as I said in my Inaugural ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for Europe and North America James Cleverly. Deputy Secretary Sherman condemned Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked war of choice against Ukraine and its brutal ... Read More»

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Creates Cost-Saving Clean Energy Opportunities to Combat Climate Crisis

Since taking office, President Biden has prioritized expanding clean energy technologies as part of his historic efforts to tackle the climate crisis – all while helping American families lower their energy costs and creating good-paying, union jobs. Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) – like rooftop solar, battery storage, heat pumps, and electric vehicles – will cut ... Read More»

Working to stop food waste

Food waste worsens world hunger and adds to greenhouse gas emissions, a leading cause of the climate crisis. The United Nations estimates that roughly one-third of all food is wasted or lost globally each year. Worldwide, thrown-out food accounts for 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions. In the United States, activists and organizations promote food recycling. Their ... Read More»

Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in Russia and Belarus and Taking Action Against Sanctions Evaders

President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, conducted with the complicity of the Lukashenka regime, continues to cause needless suffering and thousands of civilian casualties.  The world has witnessed the horrors of this war in the images from the Ukrainian towns of Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel, and in Ukrainian towns and cities still occupied or under ... Read More»

Readout of the President’s Call with Allies and Partners

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. hosted a videoconference today with Allies and partners to discuss international support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, including the ongoing provision of security, economic, and humanitarian assistance.  The leaders affirmed their solidarity with the Ukrainian people and condemned the humanitarian suffering caused by Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified ... Read More»

United States Pledges $600 Million to Combat Global Environmental Threats

On April 8, the United States pledged $600.8 million over the next four years to support the eighth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-8).  This is the United States’ largest GEF pledge ever.  This pledge aligns with continuing U.S. priorities and supports the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to addressing climate change, conserving global carbon sinks and other critical ... Read More»

Readout of the April National Climate Task Force Meeting

Today, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy held the eleventh meeting of the National Climate Task Force to launch a week of Administration actions leading up to Earth Day that build on President Biden’s historic progress to tackle the climate crisis and reduce emissions across every sector of the economy – furthering the President’s efforts to ... Read More»

Muslim Americans celebrate Ramadan

Muslim Americans, like all Americans, represent diverse cultures and traditions found around the world. Ramadan displays this diversity in many ways, including the food prepared for early morning suhoor and sunset iftar meals. Of the estimated 3.45 million Muslim Americans of all ages living in the United States in 2017, 58% were born in another country, according to the Pew Research ... Read More»

COVID-19 Travel Advisory Updates

The Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas.  We are committed to providing U.S. citizens with up-to-date and timely information, so they are informed as they make international travel plans and when they are abroad. Read More»

Analyzing a fake Kremlin video used to justify war with Ukraine

The Kremlin is claiming the atrocities committed by Russian forces in Bucha, Ukraine — documented by satellite imagery — were a provocation staged by the West. Here’s what a staged provocation really looks like. Evidence suggests Russia used a staged incident to justify its full-scale further invasion of Ukraine on February 24. The Kremlin has ... Read More»

2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states ... Read More»

Green Shipping Corridors

Greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping sector are significant and rising.  Shipping would be the eighth largest emitter if it were a “country,” and by 2050, emissions from the sector are projected to increase by up to 50% from 2018 levels under a business-as-usual scenario.  This trajectory is not compatible with the goals of the ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken to Release the 2021 Human Rights Report

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will deliver on-camera remarks on the release of the 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at 1:30 p.m. on April 12, 2022, in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. Acting Assistant Secretary Lisa Peterson of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will take questions in the Briefing Room immediately ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia’s War of Aggression Against Ukraine

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, condemn in the strongest terms the atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces in Bucha and a number of other Ukrainian towns. Haunting images of civilian deaths, ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Press Availability at the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers

Two weeks after my last trip here with President Biden, we’re back in Brussels as part of this administration’s ongoing and urgent efforts with allies and partners to counter the Russian Government’s war of aggression in Ukraine and to stand up for the principles necessary to maintaining international peace and security. Together, we are sustaining ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, and UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss today in Brussels, where they reiterated their commitment to supporting Ukraine in the face of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion. Read More»

Targeting Additional Russian Financial Institutions, Officials, and Other Individuals

The United States is united with our allies and partners to ensure the Government of Russia pays a severe price for causing such death and destruction in Ukraine, and particularly for the horrors in Bucha and elsewhere.  In furtherance of this goal, today we are implementing full blocking sanctions on two key Russian financial institutions: Sberbank, ... Read More»

Advancing security and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians

The United States supports peace and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians and is committed to preserving the possibility of a two-state solution. “Israelis and Palestinians deserve to enjoy equal measures of freedom, security, opportunity, and dignity,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said following a March 27 meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem. “And ... Read More»

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report on Mitigation

This morning’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on mitigation  makes clear what we can do to stop or slow planetary warming.  The report also reveals how current global efforts to mitigate the climate crisis fall far short of what is needed.  Without full implementation of current national pledges and robust, aggressive, and ambitious further action we cannot keep ... Read More»

Putin’s poisons: 2017 attack in Syria

Days after Syria’s government launched a chemical weapons attack upon its citizens in the town of Khan Shaykhun on April 4, 2017, the Russian government began a disinformation campaign to protect Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The 2017 sarin gas attack in Syria killed 90 people, including 30 children. Read More»

Additional Sanctions on Russia’s Technology Companies and Cyber Actors

The United States will continue to impose severe costs on the Russian Federation in response to President Putin’s illegal war.  Today, we are targeting entities and individuals in our efforts to shut down the Kremlin’s sanctions evasion networks, which play an important role in the Russian Federation’s ability to continue its unconscionable war on the citizens ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: President Biden’s Plan to Respond to Putin’s Price Hike at the Pump

Americans face rising prices at the pump because of Putin’s Price Hike.  Since Putin accelerated his military build-up around Ukraine, gas prices have increased by nearly a dollar per gallon.  Because of Putin’s war of choice, less oil is getting to market, and the reduction in supply is raising prices at the pump for Americans.  ... Read More»

United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Afghanistan

During today’s High-Level Pledging Event on Supporting the Humanitarian Response in Afghanistan, the United States announced we are providing nearly $204 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Afghanistan, bringing the total amount to more than $720 million since August 2021.  This new funding includes nearly $134 million from the Department of ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA Political Director Tjorven Bellmann, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for Europe and North America James Cleverly. The Deputy Secretary reiterated the United States’ support for Ukraine’s diplomatic efforts to reach a ceasefire ... Read More»

Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

President Biden spoke today with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine about the ongoing work by the United States and its allies and partners to deliver military, economic, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and to impose severe costs on Russia for its brutal aggression against Ukraine. The leaders discussed how the United States is working around the ... Read More»

U.S.-EU Joint Press Release by the EEAS and Department of State on the First U.S.-EU High-Level Dialogue on Russia

The European Union and the United States held today in Washington, D.C., the first U.S.-EU High-Level Dialogue on Russia.  Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland represented the United States and European External Action Service Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Enrique Mora represented the European Union.  This high-level meeting follows the commitments ... Read More»

Biden, NATO allies pledge billions in new Ukraine aid

President Biden met with NATO allies March 24 to demonstrate unity with Ukraine and condemn Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war. During his first trip to Europe since Russia’s forces further invaded Ukraine, Biden announced more than $1 billion in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance for those affected by Vladimir Putin’s war. He also unveiled new measures to ... Read More»

President Joe Biden’s Call with President Macron, Chancellor Scholz, Prime Minister Draghi and Prime Minister Johnson

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom.  The leaders affirmed their determination to continue raising costs on Russia for its brutal attacks in Ukraine, as well as to continue ... Read More»

Racing to protect Ukraine’s cultural heritage

Art and culture professionals from Ukraine, the United States and around the world are rushing to save Ukraine’s most treasured sites from Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war. The Russian military’s constant bombing of Ukraine has caused horrific human suffering. Bombs have hit communities throughout Ukraine, killing thousands and forcing millions of people to flee. “The situation for museums ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met today with Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi in Washington, D.C.  They discussed shared efforts to assist Ukraine in the face of Moscow’s unprovoked and unjustified war, to deliver humanitarian assistance to those fleeing Russia’s aggression, and to press the Kremlin to end its brutal attacks. Read More»

Statement from President Biden on the Extraordinary NATO Summit

NATO leaders met today on the one-month anniversary of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine to reiterate our strong support for the Ukrainian people, our determination to hold Russia accountable for its brutal war, and our commitment to strengthening the NATO Alliance. We had the privilege of hearing directly from President Zelenskyy, and we ... Read More»

War Crimes by Russia’s Forces in Ukraine

Since launching his unprovoked and unjust war of choice, Russian President Vladimir Putin has unleashed unrelenting violence that has caused death and destruction across Ukraine.  We’ve seen numerous credible reports of indiscriminate attacks and attacks deliberately targeting civilians, as well as other atrocities.  Russia’s forces have destroyed apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, critical infrastructure, civilian vehicles, ... Read More»

‘We are horrified’: Russians in U.S. condemn invasion of Ukraine

People around the world are showing support for the people of Ukraine and condemning Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war — including many who were born in Russia and are now living in the United States. “Russian people have a moral duty to stand up and say something when Russia is doing something bad,” a 40-year-old woman named Yevgenia told ... Read More»

World Water Day

Water is one of the world’s most precious resources. Whether mitigating and adapting to climate change impacts, strengthening global health security, improving access to food, or securing energy resources, water is essential to addressing these issues and building a better future. Millions of people around the world lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation, ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA Political Director Tjorven Bellmann, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for Europe and North America James Cleverly. Deputy Secretary Sherman condemned President Putin’s increasingly brutal tactics that continue to kill civilians in this ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with European External Action Service Secretary General Sannino

Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman spoke today with European External Action Service Secretary General Stefano Sannino to continue close U.S.-EU coordination to support Ukraine and hold the Russian Federation accountable for Putin’s unprovoked war and unconscionable attacks that continue to kill civilians in Ukraine. They also affirmed their continued commitment to strengthen the U.S.-EU partnership and ... Read More»

Readout of President Joe Biden’s Call with European Leaders

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom.  The leaders discussed their serious concerns about Russia’s brutal tactics in Ukraine, including its attacks on civilians. They underscored their continued support for Ukraine, including by providing security assistance to ... Read More»

The United States deeply values Italy’s leadership and commitment to the people of Ukraine

Contrary to recent false and unattributed comments, Italy continues to demonstrate itself as a strong exporter of security and robust contributor to NATO along the Alliance’s Southern and Eastern Flanks. The Department of Defense appreciates the significant contributions Italy has made to Ukraine and in support of the Alliance. The U.S. will continue to work ... Read More»

Readout of the Administration’s Briefing of CEOs on Russia’s War against Ukraine

Today, Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Senior Advisor Cedric Richmond, and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese met with 16 CEOs of major companies across several industries including energy, food, and manufacturing to provide a briefing on the latest developments on Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified ... Read More»

On the Occasion of St. Patrick’s Day

Each March 17, people from Ireland, the United States, and around the world celebrate the Emerald Isle’s rich heritage and culture.  Today and every day, the United States and Ireland cooperate closely on a number of critical issues.  We work together to strengthen global health security, increase our shared prosperity, combat climate change, advance democratic ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on the White House COVID-⁠19 Response Coordinator

COVID-19 is the greatest public health crisis we’ve faced in my lifetime and it required the country to build from scratch an emergency response infrastructure that could quickly and equitably get people life-saving protections. Jeff put his decades of management experience to work formulating and executing on a plan to build the infrastructure we needed ... Read More»

The United States Shares 500 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Worldwide

Since the start of the pandemic, we have provided nearly $20 billion in health, humanitarian, economic, and development assistance to over 120 countries, including rapid response support for urgent health needs and technical assistance to expand vaccine access.  We have also invested and supported the expansion of regional COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing in Africa and Asia. ... Read More»

Welcoming the International Court of Justice’s Order Directing the Russian Federation

The International Court of Justice today issued a significant ruling in Ukraine’s case against the Russian Federation under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The ruling clearly and unequivocally ordered Russia to immediately suspend the military operations Russia commenced last month and further directed Russia to ensure that anyone ... Read More»

$1 Billion in New U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine This Week

In recent days, Russia has escalated its premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war on Ukraine, striking hospitals, demolishing schools, leveling civilian infrastructure, and killing hundreds of civilians.  As Ukrainian forces bravely continue to combat Russia’s renewed invasion, the United States and its Allies and partners stand steadfast in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on the Assistance the United States is Providing to Ukraine

Good afternoon.  I want to begin by thanking President Zelenskyy for his passionate message this morning.  I listened to it in the private residence, and he was convincing.  And — significant speech.      He speaks for a people who have shown remarkable courage and strength in the face of brutal aggression — courage and strength ... Read More»

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with General Nikolay Patrushev, Secretary of the Russian Security Council, to reiterate the United States’ firm and clear opposition to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine. Mr. Sullivan clearly laid out the United States’ commitment to continue imposing costs on Russia, to support the defense of Ukraine’s ... Read More»

NSC Jake Sullivan’s Meetings with PM Mario Draghi and Diplomatic Advisor Luigi Mattiolo

On March 15, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met in Rome with Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy to discuss international cooperation in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This followed Mr. Sullivan’s meeting with Luigi Mattiolo, Diplomatic Advisor to the Prime Minister. The two senior officials discussed continued measures, including in coordination with the G7 ... Read More»

Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

The United States is providing over $186 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support internally displaced persons and the more than three million refugees affected by Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war in Ukraine.  This will provide further support for humanitarian organizations responding to the crisis and complement the generosity of the neighboring countries that ... Read More»

U.S. Announces Sanctions on Key Members of Russia’s Defense Enterprise

The world has been transfixed as Russia has perpetrated a premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine.  Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine has resulted in widespread human suffering and casualties, including the deaths of innocent civilians, including children. Today, the Department of State is continuing to impose severe costs on Russian military leaders. Read More»

Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuses Perpetrated by the Governments of Russia and Belarus

The United States, with support from Allies and partners, is taking action to promote accountability for the Russian and Belarusian governments’ human rights abuses and violations within and outside their borders.  In doing so, we reiterate our condemnation of President Putin’s premeditated, unjustified, and unprovoked war against Ukraine, as well as the Lukashenka regime’s support and facilitation of the Russian Federation’s invasion.  President ... Read More»

Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Politburo Member Yang Jiechi

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with Chinese Communist Party Politburo Member and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi in Rome, Italy. Their meeting followed up on the November 15, 2021 virtual meeting between President Biden and President Xi. Mr. Sullivan raised a range of issues in U.S.-China relations, with ... Read More»

Russians risk arrest for protesting Putin’s war of aggression in Ukraine

Thousands of Russians in more than 140 cities across the country are risking their liberty to peacefully protest Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war on Ukraine. More than 13,000 protesters have been detained in Russia since the invasion began February 24, according to OVD-Info, a rights group that tracks political arrests. Yet brave Russian citizens continue ... Read More»

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on Senior Administration Travel to Rome

On Monday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and officials from the National Security Council and State Department will be in Rome. Sullivan will meet with Chinese Communist Party Politburo Member and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi as part of our ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication between ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: United States, European Union, and G7 to Announce Further Economic Costs on Russia

Today, President Biden and G7 Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom as well as the European Union will announce new economic actions to hold Putin accountable for his continued assault on Ukraine and further isolate Russia from the global financial system. Each partner will implement actions consistent with their national ... Read More»

Vice President Kamala Harris Announces Additional U.S. Funding to Respond to Humanitarian Needs in Ukraine and Eastern Europe

March 10, 2022 During her trip to Warsaw, Poland, today, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris announced nearly $53 million in new humanitarian assistance from the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to support innocent civilians affected by Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine. This additional assistance includes support to the UN World Food Program (WFP) ... Read More»

Summit for Democracy: Year of Action

On December 9-10, 2021, President Biden hosted the first of two Summits for Democracy, a global gathering of 100 government leaders, hundreds of members of civil society, and the business community, to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing democracies in the 21st century.  At the Summit, the U.S. Government announced that the time between leaders’ ... Read More»

The Kremlin’s Allegations of Chemical and Biological Weapons Laboratories in Ukraine

The Kremlin is intentionally spreading outright lies that the United States and Ukraine are conducting chemical and biological weapons activities in Ukraine.  We have also seen PRC officials echo these conspiracy theories.  This Russian disinformation is total nonsense and not the first time Russia has invented such false claims against another country.  Also, these claims ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden Announcing U.S. Ban on Imports of Russian Oil, Liquefied Natural Gas, and Coal

Good morning, folks.  Sorry to keep you waiting.  I was on a couple of phone calls.     Today I’m announcing the United States is targeting the main artery of Russia’s economy.     We’re banning all imports of Russian oil and gas and energy.   That means Russian oil will no longer be acceptable at U.S. ... Read More»

Celebrating Women Around the World on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, the United States is proud to join the global community in celebrating the achievements and contributions of women and girls from around the world, while simultaneously recognizing the barriers they continue to face. The United States stands firm in its longstanding commitment to the advancement of gender equity and equality and ... Read More»

Ukraine Crisis

On February 24, 2022, Russian military forces conducted an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, causing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. The people of Ukraine have been caught in the middle of conflict for nearly eight years, and there are currently 2.9 million in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. In addition to the ... Read More»

U.S. Multilateral Leadership on the Crisis in Ukraine

Since President Putin launched his unprovoked, unjustified, and unconscionable invasion of Ukraine over a week ago, the international community across continents has spoken with powerful unity to denounce Russia’s aggression and demand its cessation. Giving voice and purpose to that common cause requires ready international venues such as the United Nations, where the Russian government ... Read More»

Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke this evening with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine.  President Biden highlighted the ongoing actions undertaken by the United States, its Allies and partners, and private industry to raise the costs on Russia for its aggression in Ukraine.  In particular, he welcomed the decision this evening by Visa and Mastercard ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Situation in Libya

France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America take note of the statement of 2 March by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and subsequent developments regarding the situation in Libya. We echo the UN Secretary-General’s call on all actors to refrain from actions that could undermine stability ... Read More»

World Wildlife Day

We join in marking World Wildlife Day with many partners around the world. Together, we can conserve the diversity of life on this planet, which is critical for supporting healthy ecosystems. Many wildlife species are under increasing threats from wildlife trafficking and nature crime. Wildlife trafficking is a security threat and an especially harmful form of ... Read More»

Secretary’s Travel to Europe

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken travels to Belgium, Poland, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia from March 3 to 8, 2022.  The trip continues extensive consultations and coordination with our NATO Allies and European partners about the Russian Federation’s continued premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war against Ukraine. Read More»

Targeting Russian Elites, Disinformation Outlets, and Defense Enterprises

The United States remains united with our allies and partners in our commitment to ensure the Government of Russia pays a severe economic and diplomatic price for its aggression against Ukraine.  Today we are targeting Russian elites and their financial networks and assets, major Russian disinformation outlets that contribute to the destabilization of Ukraine, and ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the United Nations General Assembly

Today, for the first time in 40 years, the United Nations Security Council convened an Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly under the Uniting for Peace mechanism in response to Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified, and unconscionable war on Ukraine. This extraordinary move by the United Nations demonstrates the extent of global outrage at Russia’s horrific ... Read More»

Media Crackdown in Russia

On March 1, Russia’s Prosecutor General ordered the communications authority RosKomNadzor to restrict access to the independent outlets Radio Ekho Moskvy and Dozhd TV, blocking their websites and ability to broadcast. The outlets were baselessly accused of “calling for extremist activity and violence” and sharing “deliberately false information about the actions of Russian military personnel ... Read More»

Remarks of President Joe Biden – State of the Union Address As Prepared for Delivery

Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President, our First Lady and Second Gentleman. Members of Congress and the Cabinet. Justices of the Supreme Court. My fellow Americans.   Last year COVID-19 kept us apart. This year we are finally together again.  Tonight, we meet as Democrats Republicans and Independents. But most importantly as Americans.  With a duty to one another to the ... Read More»

Readout of Vice President Harris’s Calls with European Leaders

Vice President Kamala Harris today had five separate calls with European leaders from NATO’s eastern flank to discuss our collective response to Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The Vice President spoke individually with: Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia; Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins of Latvia; Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte of Lithuania; Prime Minister ... Read More»

Ukraine’s Filing Against Russia at the International Court of Justice

On February 26, 2022, Ukraine filed an application at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to initiate proceedings against the Russian Federation under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Ukraine seeks to address Russia’s groundless claims that genocide has occurred in the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts of Ukraine and ... Read More»

2022 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report Release

The U.S. Department of State submitted the 2022 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. The INCSR was first published in 1986, ... Read More»

Readout of President Biden’s Call with Allies and Partners

President Joseph R. Biden hosted a secure conference call today with Allies and partners about our unified response to Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked war on Ukraine. The leaders recognized the bravery of the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression and discussed their continued support to Ukraine, including security, economic, and humanitarian assistance. They also discussed ... Read More»

Additional Measures Against the Russian Financial System

In coordination with our allies and partners, the United States is taking further measures today against the Russian financial system in response to Russia’s continuing premeditated war against Ukraine.  Unwavering in our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, we will continue to act with our allies and partners in imposing costs on Russia if ... Read More»

The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ukraine

Our partnership with the people of Ukraine is steadfast and enduring, and we are focused on Ukraine’s urgent humanitarian needs as an important part of our response to Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack.  It is with the welfare of ordinary Ukrainians in mind that we are announcing the provision of nearly $54 million in ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with G7 Foreign Ministers and Ukraine Foreign Minister Kuleba

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union.  They were joined by the Foreign Minister of Ukraine to discuss the global response to Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine.  The Secretary ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Further Restrictive Economic Measures

We, the leaders of the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States condemn Putin’s war of choice and attacks on the sovereign nation and people of Ukraine. We stand with the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people in their heroic efforts to resist Russia’s invasion. Russia’s war represents an ... Read More»

Additional Military Assistance for Ukraine

Ukraine is a sovereign, democratic, and peace-loving nation. The United States and Ukraine have been partners since Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union more than 30 years ago. After Russia invaded and partially occupied Ukraine in 2014, the United States intensified efforts to help Ukraine deter further Russian aggression, and, if needed, to ... Read More»

Statement of the President on the NATO Summit and Call with President Zelenskyy

Today I met with fellow leaders from our NATO Allies to discuss our shared commitment to collective defense and Transatlantic security. As President Putin threatens the very foundations of international peace and security, NATO is once again demonstrating that it stands for freedom and democracy. As I said yesterday, the United States will defend every ... Read More»

Imposing Sanctions on President Putin and Three Other Senior Russian Officials

In coordination with allies and partners, we are imposing sanctions on President Putin and three members of Russia’s Security Council directly responsible for the further invasion of Ukraine: Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu, and First Deputy Minister of Defense and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces ... Read More»

Biden condemns Putin’s ‘unprovoked and unjustified’ invasion of Ukraine

In February 24 remarks at the White House, President Biden reiterated the United States, its allies and partners are united in their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and condemned Russia’s “flagrant violation of international law.” “In the contest between democracy and autocracy, between sovereignty and subjugation, make no mistake: Freedom will prevail,” the president said. Biden also outlined another ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on Russia’s Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

This is a premeditated attack.  Vladimir Putin has been planning this for months, as I’ve been — as we’ve been saying all along.  He moved more than 175,000 troops, military equipment into positions along the Ukrainian border. He moved blood supplies into position and built a field hospital, which tells you all you need to ... Read More»

Joined by Allies and Partners, the United States Imposes Devastating Costs on Russia

Today, the United States, along with Allies and partners, is imposing severe and immediate economic costs on Russia in response to Putin’s war of choice against Ukraine. Today’s actions include sweeping financial sanctions and stringent export controls that will have profound impact on Russia’s economy, financial system, and access to cutting-edge technology. The sanctions measures ... Read More»

Statement from CdA Smitham on Russia’s Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

We thank Italy for its leadership and strong partnership. President Biden has condemned Russia’s unjustified aggression. PM Draghi and FM Di Maio issued strong condemnations of the unprovoked attack. Russia is violating international law and trampling on Ukraine's national sovereignty, territorial integrity, and right to make its own decisions. The world will hold Russia accountable. Read More»

Statement by President Biden on Russia’s Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke tonight with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to condemn Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine and discuss the Alliance’s coordinated response. The Secretary and the Secretary General also discussed further steps to ensure the security of Allied territory, especially on NATO’s Eastern Flank. Secretary Blinken stressed that the U.S. commitment to NATO’s ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Phone Call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

President Zelenskyy reached out to me tonight and we just finished speaking. I condemned this unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. I briefed him on the steps we are taking to rally international condemnation, including tonight at the United Nations Security Council. He asked me to call on the leaders of the world to ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden Announcing Response to Russian Actions in Ukraine

Well, good afternoon.  Yesterday, Vladimir Putin recognized two regions of Ukraine as independent states and he bizarrely asserted that these regions are no longer part of Ukraine and their sovereign territory.  To put it simply, Russia just announced that it is carving out a big chunk of Ukraine.  Last night, Putin authorized Russian forces to ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: United States Imposes First Tranche of Swift and Severe Costs on Russia

As President Biden and our Allies and partners have made clear, we will impose significant costs on Russia for Russia’s actions. Today, the Administration is implementing the first tranche of sanctions that go far beyond 2014, in coordination with allies and partners in the European Union, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, and Australia. And as President ... Read More»

Kremlin Decision on Eastern Ukraine

We strongly condemn President Putin’s decision to recognize the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” as “independent.”  As we said when the Duma first made its request: this decision represents a complete rejection of Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements, directly contradicts Russia’s claimed commitment to diplomacy, and is a clear attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: Executive Order to Impose Costs for President Putin’s Action to Recognize So-Called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics

Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order (E.O.) to respond to President Putin’s action to purportedly recognize the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR) as “independent” states. President Putin’s action contradicts Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements, refutes Russia’s claimed commitment to diplomacy, and undermines Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia and Ukraine

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, remain gravely concerned about Russia’s threatening military build-up around Ukraine, in illegally annexed Crimea and in Belarus. Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified massing of military forces, the largest ... Read More»

Readout of President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Draghi of Italy

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy. The leaders reviewed ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts in response to Russia’s continued military build-up on Ukraine’s borders. They reaffirmed their commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and their readiness to impose severe economic costs on Russia if it further invades Ukraine. Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Secretary reiterated the U.S. commitment to continue to pursue a diplomatic solution to the crisis Moscow has precipitated. He stated that the United States looks forward to receiving Russia’s written response to the U.S. and NATO papers shared with Moscow ... Read More»

U.S. Action to Strengthen Ukraine’s Economy

The United States is reaffirming our strong commitment to the Ukrainian people by joining with allies and partners to mobilize robust international support for Ukraine. The U.S. government is offering a sovereign loan guarantee to Ukraine of up to $1 billion to support its economic reform agenda and continued engagement with the International Monetary Fund ... Read More»

Release of Summit for Democracy Written Commitments

The first Summit for Democracy provided a platform for leaders to announce domestic and international commitments, reforms, and initiatives that defend democracy and human rights, fight corruption, and combat authoritarianism.  In addition to providing Official Intervention Statements during the Summit, participating delegations were invited to submit a voluntary written compendium of announcements, pledges, and/or commitments. Read More»

The COVID-19 Global Action Meeting

Nearly three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, global suffering continues despite heroic efforts by our healthcare workers, private citizens, institutions, organizations, countries, and economies.  Throughout, it has remained a fact that no one country acting alone can stop the virus.  As President Biden has made clear since the September 2021 Global COVID-19 Summit, vaccinating the ... Read More»

Would you live in a sustainable house?

What if houses were cheaper to build, generated their own energy, and didn’t damage the environment? After graduating from architecture school in 1969, Michael Reynolds decided to make that question his life’s mission and prove that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. “I wasn’t trying to make a giant business or anything,” Reynolds said. ... Read More»

Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia about Russia’s escalating military buildup on the borders of Ukraine. President Biden was clear that, if Russia undertakes a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States together with our Allies and partners will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs on ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today by phone to discuss acute and shared concerns that Russia may be considering launching further military aggression against Ukraine in the coming days. The Secretary made clear that a diplomatic path to resolving the crisis remained open, but it would require ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Political Director Pasquale Ferrara, and UK Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa, and North America James Cleverly.  Deputy Secretary Sherman reaffirmed the United States’ readiness, together with Allies and partners, ... Read More»

Statement by the Global Coalition on Countering Daesh/ISIS Globally

The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS remains resolutely committed to achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS.  Recent events in Syria underscore both the success we continue to have in degrading Daesh/ISIS leadership and the continuing threat the terrorist group poses in the region and beyond. The removal of Daesh/ISIS leader Muhammad Said Abd al-Rahman al-Mawla, ... Read More»

U.S.-EU Energy Council Ministerial

Well, good morning, everyone, and welcome.  It’s wonderful to have our colleagues here.  High Representative Borrell, Josep, so wonderful as always to be with you, to see you.  Commissioner Simson, Ambassador Etienne, welcome to you all.  And we are so delighted to welcome you to the State Department for what is a truly critical discussion ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and European Union

I was just checking to make sure I can say good afternoon.  It is good afternoon.  Good afternoon, everyone.  And let me first start by thanking the High Representative Josep Borrell, Josep my friend, for traveling to Washington today for a meeting of the U.S.-EU Energy Council.  The timing could not be more important; this ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden

Last night at my direction, U.S. military forces in the northwest Syria successfully undertook a counterterrorism operation to protect the American people and our Allies, and make the world a safer place. Thanks to the skill and bravery of our Armed Forces, we have taken off the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi—the leader of ISIS. ... Read More»

Ukrainian Americans show support for Ukraine

Ukrainian Americans continue to express solidarity with family and friends in their native homeland. They worry amid threats of another Russian invasion. “We stand with Ukraine and against Russian aggression against a sovereign nation,” Ihor Diaczun, president of the Illinois Division of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, said during a December rally in Chicago. “Our rally ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to follow up on the U.S written response to Russia’s security proposals.  The Secretary emphasized the U.S. willingness, bilaterally and together with Allies and partners, to continue a substantive exchange with Russia on mutual security concerns, which we intend to do ... Read More»

Crisis in Ukraine: Humanitarian costs

Ukraine is grappling with significant humanitarian needs. The buildup of Russian troops on the border of Ukraine has escalated tensions worldwide, but parts of Ukraine have suffered mightily since 2014. Thousands of homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed since Russian-led forces invaded Ukraine, seized Crimea and instigated conflict in the Donbas region. Read More»

How Black History Month came to be

Black communities didn’t need a week or a month dedicated to their history in order to remember and treasure it, says historian Matthew Delmont of Dartmouth University. “They kept it in diaries and family records, in black newspapers, and through stories,” says Delmont, who is busy each February speaking to groups in schools and corporations ... Read More»

Black women transform contemporary literature

“Being a black woman writer is not a shallow place but a rich place to write from,” Toni Morrison said in an interview with the New Yorker. “It doesn’t limit my imagination; it expands it.” Black women in the United States are transforming the literary world as writers, publishers, magazine editors and academics. Here are six ... Read More»

Statement by President Biden on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, we attempt to fill a piercing silence from our past—to give voice to the six million Jews who were systematically and ruthlessly murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators, and to remember the millions of Roma, Sinti, Slavs, disabled persons, LGBTQ+ individuals, and political dissidents who were killed during the Shoah. It was a destructive force ... Read More»

U.S.-Europe Joint Statement on Afghanistan

Focused on the urgency in addressing the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and highlighted necessary steps to help alleviate the suffering of Afghans across the country. Participants recognized steps taken to ease access for humanitarian workers, male and female, while also expressing concern that there are still certain impediments in place, and participants also reiterated the importance of swiftly removing all ... Read More»

CDA Thomas Smitham Remarks at the “Transatlantic Forum on Russia”

Thank you to our friends at the Centro Studi Americani, the Aspen Institute, and the European Council on Foreign Relations for the invitation to contribute to today’s discussion. It’s an honor to be here with President De Gennaro and my fellow distinguished speakers, Ambassador Terracciano and President Tremonti. This is a very timely conference, given ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability

Last week in Geneva, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and I met to discuss the crisis instigated by Russia’s military build-up on Ukraine’s borders and steps to de-escalate tensions and pursue diplomacy.  Russia had previously outlined its concerns and proposals in writing, and last week I told Foreign Minister Lavrov that the United States would do ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: A Year Advancing Environmental Justice

The executive order formalized the President and the Vice President’s commitment to ensuring that all federal agencies develop programs, policies, and activities to address the disproportionately high and adverse health, environmental, economic, climate, and other cumulative impacts on communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution. Read More»

Working Together to Address Human Trafficking

To that end, I convened today the Administration’s first meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.  Agencies from across the government shared their initiatives to address this crime, with a special focus on what’s new in those efforts, including through implementation of the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. Read More»

How Russia conducts false flag operations

Why would the Russian Federation send soldiers in disguise to lead protests in another country? Or order its troops to attack partners of Russia? Russia has long conducted such “false flag” operations to portray itself or its partners as victims, evade responsibility, sow confusion and create a pretext for war. In 2008, Russia sent unmarked ... Read More»

One Year Anniversary

One year ago, President Biden and Vice President Harris took office, facing a divided country, a global pandemic and an economy under severe stress. The Administration moved quickly to deliver results for working families and has kept women and families at the center of our agenda.   On International Women’s Day in March, President Biden signed ... Read More»

Russia’s Top Five Persistent Disinformation Narratives

Over many years, Russia has fabricated a set of false narratives that its disinformation and propaganda ecosystem persistently injects into the global information environment.  These narratives act like a template, which enables the Kremlin to adjust these narratives, with one consistency – a complete disregard for truth as it shapes the information environment to support ... Read More»

Fact vs. Fiction: Russian Disinformation on Ukraine

The Department of State, working with the U.S. interagency, is aware of several Russian military and intelligence entities that are engaged in information confrontation targeting Ukraine.  These activities include the spread of disinformation and propaganda attempting to paint Ukraine and Ukrainian government officials as the aggressor in the Russia-Ukraine relationship.  Such measures are intended to ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken to Deliver a Speech on the Crisis in Ukraine

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will deliver remarks on the crisis in Ukraine at 9:45 a.m. EST on Thursday, January 20, 2022 (3:45 p.m. CET) from Berlin, Germany.  Atlantik-Brücke in partnership with the American Council on Germany, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and Aspen Institute Germany will host Secretary Blinken for ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. The two discussed coordination between the United States, Italy, and the European Union to address Russia’s continued threat to Ukraine. Secretary Blinken emphasized the critical role Italy, NATO, and the EU play in ensuring security on the continent, underscored the ... Read More»

Statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Russian Aggression Towards Ukraine

President Biden has been clear with the Russian President: If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our Allies. President Biden also knows from long experience that the Russians have an extensive playbook ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. They discussed the January 10 Strategic Stability Dialogue, January 12 NATO-Russia Council, and January 13 OSCE Permanent Council meetings. The Secretary stressed the importance of continuing a diplomatic path to de-escalate tensions surrounding the deeply troubling Russian military build-up in and ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Harris at Martin Luther King Jr. Beloved Community Commemorative Service

Good morning.  Good morning.  Good morning.  Dear Dr. Bernice King, thank you for that introduction and for all that you do every day in your role of leadership.  And thank you for the invitation to address this most distinguished group of leaders.   I also want to thank Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Pastor Sam Collier, ... Read More»

How public parks honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

All across the United States, scores of parks and trails honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his remarkable life. Atlanta’s Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park includes the civil rights leader’s birthplace; the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as minister and co-pastor until his assassination in 1968; his burial place; and exhibits on him and ... Read More»

America’s steadfast support for Ukraine, European security

While Russia’s President Vladimir Putin continues to take an aggressive posture against Ukraine, the United States and its allies are calling for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. “President Biden has made absolutely clear to President Putin: When it comes to questions of European security, there is going to be nothing about Europe without Europe, ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Political Director Pasquale Ferrara, and UK Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa and North America James Cleverly, who represented their respective countries at the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with European External Action Service Secretary-General Sannino

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with European External Action Service Secretary-General Stefano Sannino today in Brussels.  The Deputy Secretary and Secretary-General reaffirmed the United States’ and EU’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  They discussed our united approach to Russia’s unprovoked military build-up along Ukraine’s borders. They also discussed shared concerns about ... Read More»

Death of European Parliament President Sassoli

We send our deepest condolences to the people of the European Union on the passing of European Parliament President David Sassoli.  President Sassoli will be remembered as a strong supporter of the U.S.-EU partnership, a voice for democracy and human rights globally, and an advocate for a European Union that serves its citizens and is ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Wendy R. Sherman On the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue

This is the third time the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue has convened since President Biden and President Putin met in Geneva last June. The United States came to today’s extraordinary meeting prepared to hear Russia’s security concerns and to share our own.  We came as well with a number of ideas where our two countries ... Read More»

U.S. Diplomatic Engagement with European Allies and Partners Ahead of Talks with Russia

The United States, along with its Allies and partners, has underscored its readiness to impose significant costs on Russia if it takes further military action against Ukraine. At the same time, we have stressed our preference for de-escalation through diplomacy. The United States laid out clear principles ahead of talks with Russia. First, we will ... Read More»

New U.S. law to combat forced labor in Xinjiang

The United States has prohibited import of all products made in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region unless importers show the products are not made with forced labor. President Biden signed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act into law on December 23, 2021, expanding prohibitions on products made with forced labor in Xinjiang. “We will continue doing everything ... Read More»

Remarks By President Biden To Mark One Year Since The January 6th Deadly Assault On The U.S. Capitol

Madam Vice President, my fellow Americans: To state the obvious, one year ago today, in this sacred place, democracy was attacked — simply attacked.  The will of the people was under assault.  The Constitution — our Constitution — faced the gravest of threats. Outnumbered and in the face of a brutal attack, the Capitol Police, ... Read More»

Working to keep the world safe from nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons pose an existential threat. To confront that threat, the United States is committed to working with other nations to prevent nuclear war and strengthen the landmark Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In a January 3 joint statement, the United States and the other NPT nuclear-weapon states called efforts to avoid war and reduce strategic risks ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian and UK Counterparts

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA Political Director Tjorven Bellmann, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa and North America James Cleverly. They pledged to continue close U.S.-European coordination to deter further Russian aggression against ... Read More»

U.S. COVID-19 vaccine donations spanned the globe in 2021

The United States and partner organizations waged a historic vaccination campaign in 2021, delivering millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses worldwide. Working with partners, the United States distributed more than 350 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to over 110 countries, supported vaccine manufacturing abroad and rushed lifesaving assistance to hot spots around the world. Read More»

Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races

The People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities. Read More»

NASA Webb telescope poised to reveal space mysteries

A NASA telescope began a space mission that will enable astronomers to study distant galaxies previously imagined only in science fiction. Scientists anticipate that the James Webb Space Telescope, launched on December 25, will reveal new insights about the origins of the universe. The telescope is equipped to examine the solar system in detail and ... Read More»

U.S. offers Egyptian students English skills and career paths

Eman Abdelmohsen Said, 20, is one of those young leaders. She grew up in Kom, a rural community near Aswan on the Nile River. She originally thought she would stay in her hometown and perhaps become a doctor. After she completed the English Access Microscholarship Program, she discovered her passion: teaching. The program also gave her the ... Read More»

Alert: Temporary Suspension of Consular Services at Consulate General Florence, Italy, December 28, 2021

For health and safety reasons, we announce the temporary suspension of consular services at the US Consulate General in Florence.  We will provide an update when public consular services will re-open.  American citizens in need of emergency services may visit/contact one of the other Consular Sections or Consular Agencies in Italy as needed. Read More»

‘Auld Lang Syne’: New year, same beloved song

Each year, revelers around the world ring in the first moments of the new year with a familiar song. You know the one: “Should old acquaintance be forgot / And never brought to mind? / Should old acquaintance be forgot / And days of auld lang syne?” With several hundred versions on YouTube, SoundCloud, Spotify and elsewhere, ... Read More»

Which Americans won awards in 2021?

In March, the Recording Academy’s annual Grammy Awards recognized musical artists in a variety of categories. Three female singer/songwriters scored some of the biggest triumphs: Beyoncé took home four trophies, including for Best R&B (rhythm and blues) Performance for her song “Black Parade,” a tribute to Black heritage, pride and solidarity; Taylor Swift won Album of the ... Read More»

Dissolution of International Memorial

The United States condemns today’s decision by the Russian Supreme Court to forcibly close International Memorial, one of Russia’s oldest and most respected scholarly and human rights organizations. For three decades, International Memorial’s researchers have worked tirelessly to recover the names and stories of the millions of victims of Soviet repression, promoting historical justice. The ... Read More»

Time capsules took off in 2021

Perhaps because we live in dramatic times, people worldwide are thinking about their place in history. Many are creating time capsules so that their descendants may one day get a glimpse of life today. The number of time capsules created since the pandemic began equals the number from the previous 350 years combined, according to ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Libyan Election Process

France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the United States welcome the statement of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser (SASG) on Libya, Stephanie Williams on 23 December and commend the work of the SASG to engage in broad consultations across Libya over the past ten days. We express our strong support for the ongoing efforts of the ... Read More»

U.S. gives global groups $580 million to combat COVID-19

The United States is providing $580 million to seven multilateral organizations fighting COVID-19 around the world. The funding supports U.N. organizations that aid COVID-19 vaccine delivery, strengthen public health capacity and address the socioeconomic effects of the pandemic. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the new funding December 21 prior to a virtual meeting of foreign ministers and ... Read More»

Countries step up efforts to protect marine wildlife

Sea turtles, whales, sharks and other marine life can swim safely now that four Latin American nations are forming a massive wildlife protection corridor in the Pacific Ocean. The Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor will preclude industrial fishing fleets in approximately 490,000 square kilometers of waters bordering Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands. It extends to islands of ... Read More»

Daily life in America moves outdoors

As autumn temperatures grew chillier recently in Rock Island, Illinois, Mara Goodvin’s music students played a festive tune, pounding on xylophones and drums. Notes from contrabass chimes — large metal tubes mounted on 2.4-meter-tall poles — reverberated through the air, steady and deep. Goodvin, who teaches children at Ridgewood Elementary, would play a rhythm, and the students ... Read More»

Replica Statue of Liberty reflects the ideals of her famous big sister

A 3-meter bronze replica of New York’s Statue of Liberty reached Washington this year, underscoring the friendship between France and the United States and symbolizing the same ideals associated with the replica’s famous big sister on Liberty Island in New York. The statue, on loan from France’s National Conservatory of Arts and Trades, spent five ... Read More»

Issuance of Additional General Licenses and Guidance in Support of Assistance to Afghanistan

The United States is working tirelessly with the international community to ensure humanitarian assistance and other essential support flows to the people of Afghanistan to support those in need. During Fiscal Year 2021, the United States provided nearly $474 million in humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region making us the ... Read More»

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on Meeting with European Commission on COVID-⁠19 and Global Health Security

Senior administration officials met today with European Commission counterparts on progress and next steps towards achieving the U.S.-EU Agenda for Beating the Global Pandemic Vaccinating the World, Saving Lives Now, and Building Back Better Health Security. Led by Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer and President Ursula von der Leyen’s Head of Cabinet Bjoern Seibert, ... Read More»

Supporting Multilateral Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis

The United States is providing an additional $580 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to support seven partners who are working tirelessly in our global fight against COVID-19.  With the emergence of the Omicron variant, and continued challenges like equitable access to life-saving care and vaccines, the world is at a critical point in ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Hong Kong Legislative Council Elections

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, noting the outcome of the Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong which took place on 19 December 2021, express our grave concern over the erosion of democratic ... Read More»

Bidens’ Christmas decorations: ‘Gifts from the heart’

Tinsel, turtledove ornaments, family photos and presents in bright red boxes mark the holidays at the White House this year. One hundred volunteers helped to decorate, using 25 wreaths, 41 Christmas trees, 300 candles, 6,000 feet of ribbon, 10,000 ornaments and nearly 80,000 holiday lights. For the Bidens’ first Christmas in the White House, first lady ... Read More»

U.S. companies take on climate crisis challenges

The State Department has recognized two U.S.-based companies for their work on the climate crisis with the Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). “The climate crisis is not an issue that we can solve through government or civil society action alone,” noted Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “We need companies to make the investments that will ... Read More»

Summit for Democracy: Progress for the future

President Biden closed the two-day Summit for Democracy by highlighting countries’ renewed commitment to protect human rights, combat corruption and ensure fair elections. “The U.S. is committed to strengthening democracy at home and to working with parties around the globe to prove that democracies can deliver for people on issues that matter to them,” Biden said December ... Read More»

Travel Advisory: Italy – Level 4: Do Not Travel, December 14, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.  There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Italy.  Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine.  Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific ... Read More»

“Restarting the Economy After Covid-19 through the Empowerment of Women”, Remarks by Christina Tomlinson, Minister Counselor for PA

I'm glad to be at this event today, particularly honored to be on this distinguished panel and to meet, although some virtually, the organizers and participants in this ambitious and original project, RECOV-EW.  And I’d like to acknowledge the virtual presence of my good friend and colleague, Kat Fotovat, our senior official in the Secretary’s office of Global Women’s Issues.  Her presence here ... Read More»

Commending the European Union’s Sanctions Actions Against Wagner Group and Affiliates

The United States welcomes the European Union’s actions to sanction the Russia-backed Wagner Group and its associates.  These actions underscore our joint commitment to respond to this organization’s destabilizing actions in multiple regional conflicts, including Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Central African Republic, and the Sahel region.  We applaud the EU for its commitment to promoting respect ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia and Ukraine

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in our condemnation of Russia’s military build-up and aggressive rhetoric towards Ukraine. We call on Russia to de-escalate, pursue diplomatic channels, and abide by its ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on the margins of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Liverpool. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Di Maio discussed their shared concern about Russia’s military build-up on Ukraine’s borders, underscored their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, and ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio Before Their Meeting

So I guess we’re both (inaudible).  (Laughter.)  My friend, it’s great to – it’s always great to be with you.  I think the – we’ve seen over the course of this year the partnership between the United States and Italy on virtually every issue has never been stronger, never been more important.  And I know ... Read More»

“We need democratic unity to meet the challenges of our time.” – Op-ed by Secretary of State Blinken

Democracy is facing a moment of reckoning.  For 15 years, global freedom has declined, according to the human rights organization Freedom House. It’s happening in authoritarian countries, where rulers have restricted people’s freedoms, canceled and postponed elections, and cracked down on political opponents with increasing brutality – and in democratic countries, where mis- and disinformation ... Read More»

A Proclamation on World AIDS Day, 2021

For decades, World AIDS Day has been recognized as an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in the fight against HIV.  This year on World AIDS Day, we are focused on addressing health inequities and inequalities and ensuring that the voices of people with HIV are at the center of our work ... Read More»

International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

On November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Day, the United States commemorates the work of women human rights defenders: all women and girls who work for human rights, all people who defend the rights of women and girls, and all people who defend the rights to be free from discrimination and violence on ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Hanukkah

Over these eight nights, Jews in the United States, Israel, and around the globe will proudly celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. They will light the menorah, spin the dreidel, eat latkes, and tell of how the Maccabees, guided by an abiding belief in their Creator and an inextinguishable commitment to their faith, prevailed against all odds. Read More»

Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with COVID-⁠19 Response Team on the Omicron Variant

Following up on the regular briefings he had on COVID while traveling, the President met in person today with his Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and members of his White House COVID Response Team. Dr. Fauci and members of the COVID Response Team updated the President on the latest developments related to the Omicron ... Read More»

U.S. Thanksgiving resembles festivals around the world

The holiday of Thanksgiving may seem uniquely American, but it echoes fall festivals that have been held throughout the world for centuries. Like its cousins Sukkot, Chuseok, Day of the Dead and others, Thanksgiving centers around giving thanks for the harvest, enjoying bountiful food and spending time with family and friends. Harvest festivals started in an agrarian ... Read More»

Ending violence against women: A human rights imperative

The world recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, a day to heighten awareness about the physical, psychological and emotional harm women face worldwide. The U.S. Department of State sees tackling violence against women as a human rights imperative. Violence threatens women’s and girls’ safety, and it sets barriers to their potential ... Read More»

Statement by President Biden on Transgender Day of Remembrance

This year, at least 46 transgender individuals in this country—and hundreds more around the world—were killed in horrifying acts of violence. Each of these lives was precious. Each of them deserved freedom, justice, and joy. Today, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, we mourn those we lost in the deadliest year on record for transgender Americans, ... Read More»

Solving global problems together through multilateralism

Human rights, the climate crisis, public health and many other challenges cross international borders. The solutions must cross them too. “Multilateralism is still our best tool for tackling big global challenges,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said May 7. Multilateralism is an organized relationship among three or more countries. When like-minded nations form alliances, the partnerships ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Belarus

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, condemn the Belarus regime’s orchestration of irregular migration across its borders.  These callous acts are putting peoples’ lives at risk.  We are united in our solidarity with ... Read More»

Native Americans’ many contributions to medicine

Many of Native Americans‘ innovations in health and medicine have been around for thousands of years, predating — and contributing to — Western medicine. Native Americans chewed willow bark (shown above) to soothe aches and pains. The active ingredient in the bark is salicin, a chemical that in 1897 formed the basis of the discovery of ... Read More»

Bringing fast, affordable internet to Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased people’s reliance on the internet. In part of the world, school and doctor’s visits moved online, businesses shifted to telework and friends and family met virtually. Yet in Africa, only one-fifth of the population, 22%, has internet access, says the World Bank. That leaves 700 million people not connected. U.S. government ... Read More»

Calling for Respect for Human Rights and Peaceful Demonstrations in Cuba on November 15

In July, the people of Cuba bravely and spontaneously took to the streets to demand change from their government: respect for human rights, greater freedom of expression, and an end to economic mismanagement by an authoritarian regime that has failed to meet their most basic needs.  The Cuban regime responded with violence, censorship, arrests, and ... Read More»

International students thrive at U.S. higher education institutions

The United States is the top destination for students who study overseas. International students come to the United States because of strong academics and institutional support at U.S. schools — and because of the value of a U.S. degree to graduates’ careers. With many options to consider, international students often look for guidance from the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA network of ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: Renewed U.S. Leadership in Glasgow Raises Ambition to Tackle Climate Crisis

On day one at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), President Joe Biden made clear that Glasgow must raise global ambition during this decisive decade of climate action to preserve our shared future. The President reiterated that tackling the climate crisis requires the whole of society – communities, businesses, ... Read More»

Chargè d’Affaires Smitham at the Veterans Day Ceremony, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno

The strong partnership between the United States and Italy has helped bring about an unprecedented period of peace and stability in Europe.  Our two countries have stood shoulder to shoulder supporting important NATO operations, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Italian-American military presence along NATO’s southern and eastern flanks.  Through their service now, American and ... Read More»

A Proclamation on Veterans Day, 2021

For generations, millions of Americans have answered the call to serve — taking the sacred oath to defend and preserve our Nation’s ideals of liberty and democracy.  These patriots represent the best of us.  On Veterans Day, we honor their service, dedication, and valor and are forever grateful for their sacrifice.  Read More»

Upcoming Virtual COVID-19 Ministerial

As announced on November 5th, Secretary Blinken will host a virtual COVID-19 Ministerial tomorrow, November 10th, starting at 8:00 am Eastern Standard Time.  Today we are joined by Gayle Smith, Global Coordinator for COVID-19 Response and Health Security, who will provide information on tomorrow’s ministerial and take a few of your questions.  As the Secretary ... Read More»

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission William Silkworth’s Remarks New Rules on International Flights to the U.S. Fiumicino Airport, Rome

Thank you, Ivan, and thank you to our colleagues from the airlines. And good morning! It is a real pleasure to be here with representatives from United and Delta airlines and with our good friends from the Aeroporti di Roma who, over the past 21 months have done such impressive work under very difficult circumstances ... Read More»

U.S. Center at COP26

The United States is committed to making the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) the turning point in global efforts to address the climate crisis. Mobilizing a whole-of-government approach, the United States is scaling up action at home and abroad to put the world on a path to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Read More»

Expanding COVID-19 vaccine production in Africa

The United States and its partners already have donated more than 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to African nations. Now a U.S. pharmaceutical firm plans to build a factory in Africa to produce up to 500 million doses annually, dramatically expanding local vaccine production on the continent. Moderna will invest up to $500 million in a state-of-the-art ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, November 4, 2021

On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States ... Read More»

President Biden Renews U.S. Leadership on World Stage at U.N. Climate Conference (COP26)

On day one in office, President Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement, restored U.S. leadership on the world stage, and reestablished our position to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad. On day one at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), President Biden will outline the bold steps ... Read More»

Summit on Global Supply Chain Resilience to Address Near-Term Bottlenecks and Tackle Long-Term Challenges

President Biden has made resilient supply chains a top priority of his Administration since Day One. Today, the President is holding a Summit on Global Supply Chain Resilience with the European Union and 14 like-minded countries to foster greater international cooperation on near-term supply chain disruptions and chart a course to strengthen and diversify the ... Read More»

United States Advances Shared Interests with G20 World Leaders and Delivers for the American People

At the G20 Summit in Rome, President Biden coordinated with fellow Leaders on shared interests, including the climate crisis, global health and pandemic preparedness, and the global economic recovery, using the power of diplomacy to address key issues that matter to the American people. Together with the European Union, we achieved a major breakthrough arrangement to ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio today in Rome. Secretary Blinken thanked Foreign Minister Di Maio for Italy’s leadership of the G20 this year and previewed the U.S.-Italy Strategic Dialogue plenary in Washington on November 10. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Di Maio reaffirmed support for a ... Read More»

Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on a U.S.-EU Agreement on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

We’ll have more detailed information on the precise levels of the tariff-rate quota coming out later.  But we did want to — these are set at, you know, levels that are consistent with — the historically sustainable levels that are consistent with recognizing distortions that have been in place in the market before and taking ... Read More»

Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with President Sergio Mattarella of Italy

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with President Sergio Mattarella of Italy to emphasize the strength of the bilateral relationship and the Transatlantic bond. President Biden thanked President Mattarella for Italy’s leadership of the G20 and for bringing together the world’s largest economies to meet shared challenges, including fighting the climate crisis, ending the ... Read More»

Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy to affirm the strength of the U.S.-Italy bilateral relationship and thank the Prime Minister for his personal leadership of the G20 during a year of overlapping global challenges. Both leaders recognized the historic achievement of a global minimum tax, building resilience ... Read More»

Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on the President’s Upcoming G20 Visit

So, today was a good day in Rome.  President Biden had a one-on-one meeting with His Holiness, Pope Francis.  I know the President shared some thoughts about what the meeting meant to him.  President Biden also met with President Mattarella and Prime Minister Draghi of Italy, and President Macron of France.    In those meetings, ... Read More»

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

Today, joining us — needs hardly an introduction — our National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, who will be previewing the President’s trip — second foreign trip — later this week.  And he’ll take some questions afterwards, and then I will do a full briefing — or as long as you guys would like to do ... Read More»

Updated COVID-19 Travel Guidance Effective November 8

Today, the White House and CDC announced details of the new vaccination policy that will go into effect for international travelers on November 8.  As of that date, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the ... Read More»

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

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to London, United Kingdom on October 26, 2021 to continue ongoing discussions with counterparts from the People’s Republic of China on efforts to address the climate crisis ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will be ... Read More»

A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic

The continued spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a global threat to our health and safety.  COVID-19 has resulted in more than 733,000 deaths in the United States and more than 4,932,000 deaths worldwide.  New variants of SARS-CoV-2 have also emerged globally, and variants that are more transmissible or cause ... Read More»

These countries’ commitments will help our climate

The United States is among the many nations committing to major greenhouse gas reductions ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November. “More and more countries are emboldening their commitments to climate action — and they’re reaping the benefits for their people and their economies,” said U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry in ... Read More»

Reducing these ‘super pollutants’ will protect the planet

It’s a big word for a big problem: hydrofluorocarbons. And the Biden-Harris administration is acting to reduce their production by 85% over the next 15 years. Also called HFCs, hydrofluorocarbons are in refrigerators, building insulation and air conditioning units. These potent greenhouse gases have a global warming potential up to 15,000 times that of carbon dioxide, ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: Prioritizing Climate in Foreign Policy and National Security

From Day One, the Biden-Harris Administration has prioritized addressing the climate crisis both at home and as a core element of our national security and foreign policy.  The climate crisis is reshaping our physical world, with the Earth’s climate changing faster than at any point in modern history and extreme weather events becoming more frequent ... Read More»

Making Democracy Deliver for the Americas

Let me start if I can by telling you why I’ve come here, to Ecuador, on my first visit as Secretary to South America.  There’s a thread that runs throughout every part of United States policy, domestic and foreign, and that is working to make democracy work for all people. That’s the focus of this ... Read More»

The world’s largest library offers digital collections

The Library of Congress’ digital collections are stocked with billions of items. By preserving digitized information on a variety of subjects, the library is protecting important glimpses of history. The materials include papers from 23 American presidents (including Thomas Jefferson’s rough draft of the Declaration of Independence), man-on-the-street interviews after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, ... Read More»

Makers of modest clothes find a niche in U.S. fashion

Women entrepreneurs in the United States are creating and running companies that produce modest fashion and dispel stereotypes about business and glamour in the process. Sales of modest clothing represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the global fashion industry and total an estimated $283 billion, according to MLC Media, a Chicago-based marketing strategy firm. Read More»

Meet 4 education ‘changemakers’ in Africa

That’s why the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Trevor Noah Foundation teamed up to fund Education Changemakers. The program is implemented by the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa. Meet four Changemakers alumni. Each in their own way seeks to improve education in communities across the African continent. Their creative ... Read More»

Announcement of Transition in Leadership on Afghanistan Diplomacy

As Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad steps down from his role, I extend my gratitude for his decades of service to the American people.  Thomas West, who previously served as the Deputy Special Representative, will be the Special Representative for Afghanistan.  Special Representative West, who served on then-Vice President Biden’s national security team and ... Read More»

Nobel honors journalists with peace prize

Two journalists won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for their reporting on increasingly authoritarian regimes, highlighting the vital role of free expression in protecting peace and democracy. Maria Ressa, chief executive of the website Rappler, won for exposing abuse of power, violence and growing authoritarianism in the Philippines, the Nobel Committee said October 8. Dmitry ... Read More»

Mom told you to wash your hands. She was right

It’s one of the first things mothers teach children: Wash your hands with soap and water. But experts, like Mom, say most of us are not doing it right. Believe it or not, poor hand-washing habits are a big problem, especially in hospitals, where doctors and nurses fail to wash their hands properly half the time. ... Read More»

Update on U.S. travel policy requiring COVID-19 vaccination

As announced by the White House today, the new travel policy requiring foreign nationals traveling to the United States to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will take effect November 8.  The CDC’s website explains that, for purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized and ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy

Location:  Various locations throughout Rome.  Event(s): Multiple demonstrations, see below.  Additional anti-Vaccination and anti-Green Pass demonstrations, are likely to continue throughout the month of October in Rome.  NOTE: In addition to the demonstrations listed below, Italian police anticipate protests in the lead up to and during the upcoming Rome G20 Leader’s Summit on October 30th and 31st. Location ... Read More»

Election of the United States to the UN Human Rights Council

Since the earliest days of this Administration, President Biden has made clear that our foreign policy would be grounded in America’s most cherished democratic values: defending freedom, championing opportunity, upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms, respecting the rule of law, and treating everyone with dignity.  He also promised to restore American engagement internationally and renew ... Read More»

The Department Announces Construction Award for the U.S. Consulate General in Milan

The Department of State has awarded Caddell Construction Company LCC of Montgomery, Alabama the construction contract, managed by Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), for the new U.S. Consulate General in Milan, Italy. SHoP Architects of New York is the architect. The approximately 10-acre campus will provide a secure, sustainable, and resilient platform for U.S. diplomacy in ... Read More»

The importance of an independent press

Free, independent media allow the public to make informed decisions, hold leaders accountable and hear a diversity of opinions — all free of government influence. Journalists in the United States can report on public health questions, question elected officials — sometimes aggressively — and raise controversial issues without fear of reprisal. “Information and knowledge are ... Read More»

These countries’ commitments will help our climate

The United States is among the many nations committing to major greenhouse gas reductions ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November. “More and more countries are emboldening their commitments to climate action — and they’re reaping the benefits for their people and their economies,” said U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry in ... Read More»

Key Outcomes at the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

At the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), September 13 – October 11, the United States advanced country-specific and thematic actions to promote greater respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and girls, LGBTQI+ persons, indigenous persons, members of ethnic and religious minority groups, older persons, and other marginalized ... Read More»

The American people are helping Cubans in crisis

Private citizens and faith-based groups in the United States are getting desperately needed food, medicine and medical equipment to the Cuban people during a historic crisis. The humanitarian exemptions built into the U.S. embargo on Cuba mean that food donations to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or individuals in Cuba help the Cuban people. Read More»

Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with G20 Leaders

President Biden met virtually with G20 Leaders today to discuss Afghanistan. The G20 Leaders were joined by Leaders of G20 guest countries and international financial institutions. The Leaders discussed the critical need to maintain a laser-focus on our enduring counterterrorism efforts, including against threats from ISIS-K, and ensuring safe passage for those foreign nationals and ... Read More»

Giving a million girls ‘their days back’

During a visit to an orphanage in Kenya in 2008, Celeste Mergens, a humanitarian aid worker from Washington state, learned that girls were sitting on cardboard for several days each month, often going without food unless someone would bring it to them. That is when Mergens said she first learned that many women and girls ... Read More»

Promoting human rights is essential to U.S. policy

In the 80 years since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his Four Freedoms speech — citing freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear — the United States has made these democratic principles central to its foreign policy. Today, the United States continues to champion human rights as a critical component of ... Read More»

U.S. and Haiti work to address migration challenges

The United States is working with Haitian leaders to address the root causes of the Haitian migration crisis. Brian A. Nichols, U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, traveled to Haiti September 30 to October 1. He met with political and civil society leaders to discuss solutions to benefit all Haitians. Read More»

Release of the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan

The climate crisis poses a serious threat to the Department of State’s mission of advancing the interests, health, safety, and economic prosperity of the American people.  With thousands of personnel spread out over 270 posts in 190 countries, the Department understands the urgency of frequent extreme weather events and other climate impacts taking place around ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio today in Paris. Secretary Blinken thanked Foreign Minister Di Maio for close coordination on Afghanistan, including Italy’s support for the temporary transit of thousands of Afghans through Naval Air Station Sigonella. Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio Before Their Meeting

Well, good morning, everyone.  Just a special pleasure to be with my good friend and colleague, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.  We have been working very, very closely together these past nine months, and in particular, besides our work here at the OECD, Luigi, very much looking forward to continuing to work on the Italian ... Read More»

U.S. Leads Effort to Press Russia on Chemical Weapons Use

Today in The Hague, the United States and 44 other countries submitted questions to the Russian Federation regarding the poisoning of Mr. Aleksey Navalny on Russian soil last year.  The presentation of these questions coincides with the Ninety-Eighth Session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council, a 41-member policy-making body charged ... Read More»

To support democracy, fight corruption

The United States is stepping up efforts to combat corruption and support honest governance around the world. President Biden, in a June 3 memorandum, elevated the fight against global corruption to a national security priority. Anti-corruption efforts are one of three pillars of the Summit for Democracy that Biden will host December 9-10. The other two ... Read More»

Celebrating the 2021 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ innovators (video)

A technology designer, a landscape ecologist and a radio producer for Spanish-speaking communities in the Americas are among the 25 recipients of the 2021 MacArthur Foundation fellowships, often called “genius grants.” “As we emerge from the shadows of the past two years, this class of 25 fellows helps us reimagine what’s possible,” said Cecilia Conrad, ... Read More»

The Quad: Advancing peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific

Australia, India, Japan and the United States are strengthening cooperation through their Quad partnership to tackle pressing challenges in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. “We are four major democracies with a long history of cooperation,” President Biden said while hosting the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit at the White House September 24. “We know how to ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at UN Security Council Meeting on Climate and Security

Thank you very much, Taoiseach.  Secretary-General Guterres, thank you for your presence, thank you for your leadership on climate.  And Taoiseach, thank you so much for convening today’s discussion, for putting the connection between climate and security on the Security Council’s agenda.  And thank you as well, together with our colleagues from Niger, for the important work ... Read More»

A U.S.-EU Agenda for Beating the Global Pandemic

Vaccination is the most effective response to the COVID pandemic. The United States and the EU are technological leaders in advanced vaccine platforms, given decades of investments in research and development. It is vital that we aggressively pursue an agenda to vaccinate the world.  Coordinated U.S. and EU leadership will help expand supply, deliver in ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow delegates, to all those who dedicate themselves to this noble mission of this institution: It’s my honor to speak to you for the first time as President of the United States.  We meet this year in a moment of — intermingled with great pain and extraordinary possibility.  We’ve lost ... Read More»

Joint US-EU Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge

The United States and European Union announced today the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions to be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November in Glasgow.  President Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged countries at the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and ... Read More»

U.S. supports vaccinations in hard-to-reach communities

The United States and international partners are ensuring COVID-19 vaccines reach people in remote and traditionally underserved communities around the world. The United States is providing more than 600 million safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses — with no political strings attached — to developing countries and economies. Most donations are through COVAX, an international partnership designed to ... Read More»

Readout of the Sixth National Climate Task Force Meeting

Today, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy convened the sixth National Climate Task Force meeting where she was joined by Cabinet members and senior leadership from across the federal government. The Climate Task Force discussed the President’s recent travel to New York, New Jersey, Idaho, California, and Colorado, which demonstrates the mounting costs of the climate ... Read More»

Want democracy? Keep the press free and active.

A strong democracy encourages a free press — one that keeps the public informed, enables a diversity of voices, and holds leaders accountable. There’s so much news around us — on the internet, television and radio and in newspapers — it’s easy to forget what an important role reporters play. In the U.S., the press ... Read More»

Commemorating the International Day of Democracy 

On this International Day of Democracy, we underscore our support for democracy as we strive toward a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable world. The United States places democracy and human rights at the center of our foreign policy; they are essential elements in achieving and sustaining peace and stability the world over. Our commitment is firm and ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will join the Department of State workforce in honoring the lives and memories of those we lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Secretary Blinken will host the ceremony at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, September 10, at the Department of State. Under Secretary for Arms Control and ... Read More»

The United States Conducts Unprecedented Relocation Effort

The United States mobilized an unprecedented, global effort through our diplomatic channels to evacuate U.S. citizens, personnel from partner nations, and at-risk Afghans from Kabul.  In total, the United States and our partners relocated more than 124,000 people to safety, including 6,000 U.S. citizens.  With support from partners and allies, the United States put together a global network – consisting of more than ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks on Afghanistan at a Press Availability

First, our new team in Doha is up and running. Second, we’re in constant contact with Americans who remain in Afghanistan and may still wish to leave.  We’ve assigned case management teams to each remaining American citizen who has expressed an interest in leaving.  As you know, starting in March, we sent 19 separate notices ... Read More»

U.S. Flights Take Afghan Evacuees from Italy to the United States

“The United States has successfully evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of over 100,000 people and their families on U.S. military and coalition flights. The departure of planes bound for the United States is the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of American citizens and Afghans who have undergone much hardship,” said Thomas Smitham, ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio today.  Secretary Blinken extended the United States’ deep appreciation for Italy’s support for evacuation and relocation operations from Afghanistan and discussed with Foreign Minister Di Maio plans for diplomatic, security, and humanitarian engagement in Afghanistan. Read More»

Vice President Harris outlines ‘optimistic vision’ for Indo-Pacific

The United States is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific, with security and prosperity for all nations, Vice President Harris said. In a major speech in Singapore August 24, Harris outlined an “optimistic vision” for the Indo-Pacific region based on partnerships between nations committed to freedom of navigation, trade, human rights and sustainable growth. “The ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken’s Remarks on Afghanistan

Eighteen days ago, the United States and our allies began our evacuation and relocation operation in Kabul.  As you just heard from the Pentagon, a few hours ago, that operation was completed. More than 123,000 people have been safely flown out of Afghanistan.  That includes about 6,000 American citizens.  This has been a massive military, ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

We are all committed to ensuring that our citizens, nationals and residents, employees, Afghans who have worked with us and those who are at risk can continue to travel freely to destinations outside Afghanistan.  We have received assurances from the Taliban that all foreign nationals and any Afghan citizen with travel authorization from our countries ... Read More»

U.S. airlifts Haitians to safety after earthquake

U.S. emergency workers are rushing to assist Haiti after a massive earthquake, searching for survivors, airlifting them to hospitals and delivering urgent humanitarian assistance. President Biden authorized an immediate response after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on August 14. The earthquake killed at least 2,200 people and injured more than 12,000 as of August ... Read More»

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

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 assessed has [was] undertaken — an attack — by a group known as ISIS-K — took the lives of American service members standing guard at the airport, and wounded ... Read More»

On Today’s Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

Today’s bombings around the Kabul airport were a devastating reminder of the dangerous conditions in which our servicemembers and diplomats are operating as we conclude the United States’ 20-year military mission in Afghanistan. As the President said, the servicemembers who were killed and wounded today are heroes. They put their lives on the line to ... Read More»

A Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

As a mark of respect for the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack on August 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be ... Read More»

Vaccines save lives

Vaccines have helped limit the spread of many deadly diseases and enabled us to eradicate smallpox. Innovators in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and other countries have developed safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 that are helping fight the pandemic. U.S. pharmaceutical firm Moderna and German-based BioNTech, in partnership with U.S.-based Pfizer, have ... Read More»

U.S.-Italy Cooperation to Assist Evacuees from Afghanistan

As the United States mobilizes an unprecedented, global effort to evacuate Americans, personnel from partner nations, and vulnerable Afghans, we are working closely with our allies to ramp up evacuation/relocation operations. Our focus right now is getting people out of harm’s way. To do that, the United States is working with the government of Italy ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s Phone Call With Italy’s Minister of Defense, Lorenzo Guerini

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke today with Italian Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini regarding the latest developments in Afghanistan.  He expressed appreciation for the continued close coordination between Italy and the United States to safely evacuate our citizens, at-risk Afghans who supported the coalition war effort, and vulnerable Afghan nationals.  Read More»

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

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 humanitarian assistance and support for Afghan refugees. The ... Read More»

Readout of President Joe Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy

President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy talked today about the latest developments in Afghanistan. They discussed the importance of continued close coordination between their military and civilian personnel in Kabul, who are working together tirelessly to safely evacuate their citizens, Afghans who courageously supported us and NATO in the war effort, ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on Evacuations in Afghanistan

Good afternoon.  I’ve just met with the Vice President, Secretary Blinken, Secretary Austin, National Security Advisor Sullivan, and other members the national security leadership team in the Situation Room to discuss our ongoing efforts to evacuate American citizens, third-country civilians, Afghan allies, and vulnerable Afghans.  And I want to provide the American people with a ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on Afghanistan

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. My national security team and I have been closely monitoring the situation on the ground in Afghanistan and moving quickly to ... Read More»

State Department honors Muslim frontline worker Younes El Sharkawy’s service in Brescia during the COVID pandemic

In commemoration of Eid al-Adha, we honor Muslim frontline worker Younes El Sharkawy, who embodies the universal values of service, selflessness, and compassion in service to bettering the lives of others. During the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, Younes El Sharkawy, a medical student at the University of Brescia, volunteered with Bresciasoccorso’s ambulance service and worked ... Read More»

USAID makes hand-washing more accessible

Washing your hands frequently is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but access to soap and water is a challenge for some 3 billion people worldwide. That’s why the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Water for the World (PDF, 171 KB) programs, provides water and hygiene products and promotes the ... Read More»

Partners bolster Africa’s fight against COVID-19 and poverty

The United States and international partners are investing $80 billion in Africa’s private sector to help end the COVID-19 pandemic and spur sustainable growth. The commitment that the Group of Seven (G7) nations and international development banks announced in June will support renewable energy and infrastructure development, as well as Africa’s manufacturing, agriculture and technology ... Read More»

A united world can beat back climate change

Preserving our planet requires the collective action of every nation on earth. Each country must do its part, even if its contribution is small, said Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. “We have to make choices — together. Life is about choices,” Kerry said at the Royal Botanic Gardens in London on July 20. “So is ... Read More»

Promoting peace in the age-old Olympic Truce tradition

The Olympics are about more than dazzling feats of athletic prowess, stirring pageantry and how often a country’s anthem is played during gold medal presentations. They also sound a clarion call for world peace. It’s a tradition dating back to the first games in 776 B.C.E., when the kings of three warring Greek city-states struck a ... Read More»

CDA Smitham welcomes Harvey Keitel to Villa Taverna

On July 28, Charge d’Affaires Thomas Smitham hosted an event in honor of American actor Harvey Keitel who was in Italy as Honorary President of the Filming Italy Sardinia Festival.  CDA Smitham gave remarks expressing solidarity with the people of Sardinia who are suffering from devastating fires.  The CDA also highlighted the power of culture ... Read More»

Contributing to the United States’ Comprehensive Approach to Migration

Today, the United States is launching a plan to address the root causes of irregular migration from Central America and to manage migration humanely throughout North and Central America.  As President Biden announced shortly after taking office, the United States is committed to a multi-year, $4 billion, comprehensive, regional strategy to improve people’s lives throughout ... Read More»

The 5 most popular national parks during the pandemic [photo gallery]

It’s the oft-asked question of impatient children going on a vacation. Last year, for 237 million people during the COVID-19 pandemic, “there” referred to one of America’s national parks. The National Park Service, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, controls 423 national parks and employs 20,000 people, including park rangers, to look after them. Read More»

Regimes target free press with ‘economic strangulation,’ report says

Violence against journalists is blatant repression. However, authoritarian regimes are finding that less obvious, nonviolent tactics like freezing assets, revoking licenses or blocking access to ink can shutter newspapers without provoking international outcry, according to the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders. “Someone not paying close attention may assume that the newspaper was the victim of ... Read More»

The world is at a turning point for a cleaner future

22 luglio 2021 La seguente intervista è apparsa sul quotidiano “La Repubblica” del giorno 22 luglio 2021 di Maurizio Molinari “By protecting the environment we have a real possibility of making life better for people; we are on the verge of the greatest change since the industrial revolution”. U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John ... Read More»

Remarks on the Urgency of Global Climate Action

John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London July 20, 2021 Thank you Robin for a remarkably generous introduction. Ladies and gentlemen I accept the nomination. [laughter] I really appreciate Robin being here and I’m a great admirer of the incredible work of Chatham House, so thank you very, very much for being ... Read More»

U.S. Announces Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq

The United States is pleased to announce nearly $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Iraq as well as Iraqi refugees in the region and generous communities hosting them. With this additional funding from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. humanitarian support for Iraq amounts to ... Read More»

2021 Investment Climate Statements

The U.S. Department of State’s Investment Climate Statements provide country-specific information on the business climates of more than 170 countries and economies. They are prepared by economic officers stationed in embassies and posts around the world and analyze a variety of economies that are or could be markets for U.S. businesses of all sizes. Read More»

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s Call with Russian President Putin

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry had a phone call on July 14 with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss U.S.-Russia cooperation on combatting the climate crisis.  Special Presidential Envoy Kerry emphasized that the United States and Russia have important roles to play, including on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in this critical decade, aiming ... Read More»

How does the U.S. census affect Congress?

Every 10 years, the United States redraws the lines that decide legislative districts at the federal and state levels. In the federal government, each state has two senators, but the 435 House of Representatives seats are divided among the states based on their population. That means the census, which happens every 10 years in years ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken Remarks on the Release of the 2021 Wiesel Report

The Biden Administration is committed to promoting democratic values that underpin a stable international system critical to freedom, prosperity, and peace.  This Administration will defend and protect human rights around the world, and recognizes the prevention of atrocities is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility.  This report highlights countries of concern and whole-of-government ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden Discussing His Administration’s Comprehensive Strategy to Reduce Gun Crimes

Folks, I want to start by recognizing the remarkable protests that are taking place in Cuba, with the Cuban people demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime.  And I don’t think we’ve seen anything like this protest in a long, long time — if, quite frankly, ever. The United States stands firmly with the people ... Read More»

Fight for a world without human trafficking

In 2020, as governments focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, human traffickers found new ways to perpetrate their crimes, a new State Department report says. Traffickers targeted vulnerable families with fraudulent offers that led to exploitation. And more time online left some more vulnerable to trafficking. Meanwhile, lockdowns and social distancing requirements limited victims’ access to ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

U.S. emphasizes legal pathways for migration

The United States is working to develop more avenues for legal migration while also developing efficient, effective and humane ways to enforce current immigration policies. “The President and I are absolutely committed to ensuring that our immigration system is orderly and humane,” said Vice President Harris on a June 25 trip to the U.S.-Mexico border ... Read More»

U.S. system will alert millions to earthquakes

When an earthquake begins, a few seconds’ warning can mean the difference between life and death. New U.S. technology will give millions that warning. Already in domestic use, it’s being tested in countries such as Chile, Greece, Israel, the Republic of Korea and Turkey, among other nations. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) partnered with ... Read More»

The U.S. responds to COVID-19 [video]

The U.S. is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing safe, effective vaccines to as many people as possible while increasing supply. Nations need strong health systems that are able to deliver vaccines. Because COVID-19 disrupted health, education, jobs and the fight against HIV and AIDS in many nations, the U.S is providing humanitarian aid worldwide. By working with partners, the ... Read More»

Happy Independence Day!

CDA Smitham It is our custom/tradition to celebrate United States’ Independence Day here in Villa Taverna. Unfortunately, this year it was not possible. However, we are honored to be able to host Minister Di Maio and Secretary of State Blinken to commemorate July 4th in the spirit of friendship between our countries. Secretary Blinken Thank ... Read More»

2021 Trafficking in Persons Report

This year’s Trafficking in Persons Report sends a strong message to the world that global crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and enduring discriminatory policies and practices, have a disproportionate effect on individuals already oppressed by other injustices.  These challenges further compound existing vulnerabilities to exploitation, including human trafficking.  We must break this ... Read More»

Release of the 2021 Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Report

Women are a powerful force for peace and essential partners in advancing international security.  The United States has long championed the safe, meaningful participation of women in our diplomatic, development, and defense efforts.  As underscored by the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act of 2017 and our support of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and ... Read More»

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

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, the TIP Report assesses government efforts around the world to combat ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Italian President Mattarella

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome. Secretary Blinken and President Mattarella emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Italy partnership in the global effort to combat the climate crisis and recover from COVID-19.  They also discussed our shared values, including in the context of human rights in China and around the globe, as well as our collective support for Libya’s plan to hold national elections in ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio At a Joint Press Availability

I am particularly delighted that we’re meeting so soon after the G7, NATO, the U.S.-EU leader summits.  Italy and the United States did significant work together in the leadup to those meetings, and that helped lay the groundwork for the real commitments the countries made at the summits themselves. Read More»

The Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS

At the Global Coalition Ministerial in Rome on June 28, the U.S. Department of State wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the Coalition and its goals. The 83-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS has worked diligently since 2014 to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands. Read More»

Joint Communiqué by Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

The Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS, reconvening in-person after two years, met today in Rome at the invitation of Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio and U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken. The Ministers reaffirmed their shared determination to continue the fight against Daesh/ISIS, and to create conditions for the enduring defeat of the terrorist ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid Before Their Meeting

In the past few years, mistakes were made.  Israel’s bipartisan standing was hurt.  We will fix those mistakes together.  In the past few days I spoke with a series of American leaders, both Democrats and Republicans.  I reminded them all that we share America’s most basic values – freedom, democracy, free markets, the constant search ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Rome-Based Food Security Agencies

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with the heads of the Rome-Based Food Security Agencies today in Rome, including UN World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Qu Dongyu. Secretary Blinken affirmed the importance of combating global hunger as well as addressing the main drivers ... Read More»

Acting U.S. Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Godfrey Travels to Iraq, Syria, and Rome

Prior to his arrival in Rome, Acting Special Envoy Godfrey travelled to Erbil on June 22 for meetings with senior officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. On June 24, Acting Special Envoy Godfrey led a delegation of officials to northeast Syria to visit the Al-Hol camp for displaced persons, where they heard updates from ... Read More»

The United States-Italy Relationship and Transatlantic Unity

Secretary Antony J. Blinken will travel to Rome and Matera, Italy, June 27-29, where he will meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio to discuss the importance of Transatlantic unity and our strong bilateral relationship. They will also discuss the economic and security ties that strengthen ... Read More»

G7 leaders commit to countering climate change

The United States joined other leading industrialized nations in the Group of Seven to announce new measures to tackle climate change, both at home and abroad. Through the new Build Back Better World (B3W) Partnership, the G7 nations — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — will work together ... Read More»

Biden: U.S. will donate 500 million vaccine doses for global COVID-19 fight

The United States is purchasing a half a billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to nearly 100 developing countries around the world through COVAX. President Biden announced the “monumental commitment by the American people” on June 10, saying the donation lays the foundation for democratic nations’ sustained efforts to rid the world of COVID-19. “We’re ... Read More»

U.S. is working with Central American leaders to manage migration

The United States is collaborating with Central American leaders — in the government, private sector and civil society — to address the root causes of irregular migration. “Our goal is to work with the people of Central America to create safe, prosperous, democratic societies where citizens can build their own lives with dignity,” said State ... Read More»

Secretary’s Travel to Germany, France, Italy, and the Vatican

In Rome, Secretary Blinken and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio will co-chair a meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. On the margins of the D-ISIS meeting, the Secretary will participate in a Syria Ministerial to discuss the crisis in Syria and underscore the importance of meeting humanitarian needs. He will also have ... Read More»

Bees, bats, butterflies and why they matter

Bees, bats and butterflies aren’t pests. They’re hardworking pollinators, supporting plant life, ecosystems and agriculture. They also are important enough for the Obama administration to take notice, calling pollinators “critical to the nation’s economy, food security and environmental health.” Read More»

U.S. researchers help advance promising malaria vaccine

Malaria kills more than 400,000 people each year, most of them children under age 5. That may change soon, thanks to a promising vaccine developed by U.S. and other researchers. Malaria is spread by mosquitos and infects more than 200 million people annually. The new vaccine, called R21, has proven 77% effective in preventing malaria ... Read More»

Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker

I think obviously, as you know, President Biden recently took part in both the NATO and the U.S.-EU summits just last week.  And his participation obviously underscored the U.S. commitment to a strong transatlantic partnership.  And it’s a partnership based on shared interests and values, and as the Secretary travels, as Ned just mentioned, in ... Read More»

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on World Refugee Day

Today, I join people around the globe in commemorating World Refugee Day, a day when we recognize the courage and humanity of the millions forced to flee violence, persecution, and war. It is also a moment to honor the generosity of communities welcoming refugees and the bravery and dedication of humanitarian workers who provide life-saving ... Read More»

Commemorating World Refugee Day 2021

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 partners that help them.  We mark today with news that the immense global forced displacement ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Germany, France, Italy, and the Vatican

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 will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to highlight the importance of the U.S.-Germany relationship in addressing common challenges and priorities. Read More»

In Commemoration of Juneteenth

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 later, on June 19, 1865, that his notice of freedom was received across our country. ... Read More»

U.S.-Russia Presidential Joint Statement on Strategic Stability

We, President of the United States of America Joseph R. Biden and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, note the United States and Russia have demonstrated that, even in periods of tension, they are able to make progress on our shared goals of ensuring predictability in the strategic sphere, reducing the risk of armed ... Read More»

How the U.S. uses trade to deter forced labor

The United States works to stop forced labor around the world. That’s why it won’t import seafood from a fishing fleet based out of the People’s Republic of China. A yearlong U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation found evidence that PRC-based Dalian Ocean Fishing Company demonstrated all 11 of the International Labour Organization’s indicators of forced ... Read More»

U.S. scientists work to stave off desertification

U.S. scientists are developing technologies and new approaches to reduce desertification and in some cases return harmed land to its earlier fertile condition. A classic example of desertification is the 1930s Dust Bowl period in the United States, which devastated Midwestern states. It was a time when severe droughts combined with poor land-management practices to ... Read More»

Virtual Workshop on Innovative Production Technologies

On June 8-9, 2021, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service at the U.S. Embassy in Rome hosted a regional virtual workshop focused on innovative production technologies.  Two U.S. expert scientists were accompanied by experts from Italy, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and North Macedonia.  The scientists agreed that new production technologies are ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden at the U.S.-EU Summit Expanded Plenary Session

I’m happy to have with me today the members of my Cabinet: Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken; he suffers from the problem of having worked with me for years.  And also Trade Representative, Ambassador Katherine Tai, who has made some real progress already.  And Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, who was a first-rate governor and ... Read More»

U.S.-EU Summit Statement

The United States and the European Union represent 780 million people who share democratic values and the largest economic relationship in the world. We have a chance and a responsibility to help people make a living and keep them safe and secure, fight climate change, and stand up for democracy and human rights. We laid ... Read More»

Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with Prime Minister Draghi of Italy on the margins of the G7 Summit. President Biden pledged to further deepen our strong bilateral ties, highlighting this year’s 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Italy. The President and the Prime Minister pledged to ... Read More»

These sea turtles face peril

Of the seven species, three — the green, hawksbill and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles — are listed as endangered or critically endangered on the Red List of Threatened Species, issued by the nonprofit International Union for Conservation of Nature. Another three — the leatherback, olive ridley and loggerhead sea turtles — are listed as “vulnerable,” ... Read More»

USAID and vaccines: Helping save 9.3 million children in the last 10 years

The U.S. Agency for International Development is committed to immunizing people everywhere. Immunization is cost-effective, slows or halts preventable disease and gives children a healthy start in life. Most importantly, it saves an estimated 2 million to 3 million lives each year, cutting child deaths globally by at least half. During the last decade, USAID’s child health ... Read More»

Love is love: How same-sex marriage became a right in the United States

The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that ensured a nationwide right to same-sex marriage was a significant milestone on the path to equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people. The ruling came after many years of activism by individuals, organizations and lawmakers whose work changed hearts, minds, and — eventually ... Read More»

Opening Statement Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Thank you, very much Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Risch, all the members of the committee here today.  Very much appreciate this opportunity to talk about the proposed budget and how it will help us achieve our national security priorities and deliver results for the American people, which is our common responsibility and common cause. We ... Read More»

Growing the global economy at the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit

The United States is open for business. Together with its international partners, it continues to spur global economic growth. From June 7 to June 11, the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit will illustrate just how and give entrepreneurs from around the world the opportunity to make valuable business connections with American partners. Hosted virtually this year by the ... Read More»

United States announces worldwide vaccine donations

The United States has promised to send a projected 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to other nations. On June 3, President Biden announced how the first 25 million will be distributed. In his statement, the president said that at least 75% of the vaccines will go to COVAX — the international partnership working to distribute vaccines to ... Read More»

How the U.S. Food and Drug Administration protects public health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures that food produced in the United States is safe to eat, benefiting consumers at home and abroad. The FDA, the U.S. government’s oldest consumer protection agency, regulates 78% of the U.S. food supply and has conducted international inspections since 1955. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees meat, poultry and egg ... Read More»

President Biden’s Message on the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of the Italian Republic

On behalf of the American people, I send my heartfelt congratulations to you and the people of Italy as you celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Italian Republic. This year also marks the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and the United States.  The deep, longstanding ties between ... Read More»

A Proclamation: Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2021

On Memorial Day, we honor and reflect upon the courage, integrity, and selfless dedication of the members of our Armed Forces who have made the greatest sacrifice in service to our Nation.  Whether in the waters of the Pacific, on the beachheads of Europe, in the deserts of the Middle East, or in the mountains of Afghanistan, American ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.  Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg discussed next month’s NATO Summit as well as NATO’s importance to the security and prosperity of the Transatlantic community and the world.  The Secretary and the Secretary General stressed that adapting and modernizing NATO to ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Belarus

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union 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 ... Read More»

Africa Day: U.S. partnerships with African nations endure

The United States is a strong partner with African nations, supporting public health and economic growth across the continent. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Akunna Cook told an Africa Day celebration May 25 that the Biden administration is committed to advancing America’s long-standing partnerships with African nations. “We believe in the nations of ... Read More»

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

We, the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America wish to make clear that Syria’s May 26 presidential election will neither be free nor fair. We denounce the Assad regime’s decision to hold an election outside of the framework described in UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Statements to the Press

And let me start by conveying the deep condolences of the United States to the families who’ve lost loved ones in the recent violence – the children, the women, the men whose lives were lost.  I say this as a father.  No child, whether Israeli, Palestinian, or American, is a statistic.  We know the human ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

President Biden asked me to come here today, really, for four reasons:  First, to demonstrate the commitment of the United States to Israel’s security, to start to work toward greater stability and reduce tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem, to support urgent humanitarian and reconstruction assistance for Gaza, to benefit the Palestinian people, and ... Read More»