“Transatlantic Relations: Charting a New Course”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

I would like to thank Under Secretary Manlio di Stefano for his remarks and Noel Lateef, President and CEO of the Foreign Policy Association, for the kind invitation to speak today. Thank you also to Paolo Magri, Executive Vice President and Director of ISPI, for his generous introduction and to our distinguished panelists and guests. ...
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Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

Secretary Pompeo released the State Department's new report detailing the magnitude of the Iranian regime's destructive behavior at home and abroad. The report covers Iran's support for terrorism, its missile program, illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security and cybersecurity, human rights abuses, as well as environmental exploitation.
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Remarks at the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit

It’s an appropriate but sad irony that we’re talking about Iran during the 73rd UN General Assembly. So many times over the years, the UN – during the UN, Iranian regime leaders and diplomats have used this occasion to turn on their charm offensive with foreign governments, obscure what they’re really up to at home ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Independence Day Celebration

Buonasera e benvenuti a Villa Taverna! Vi ringraziamo per essere qui a celebrare con noi il duecentoquarantaduesimo (242) anniversario dell’indipendenza degli Stati Uniti d’America. Oggi ricordiamo l’anniversario della firma della Dichiarazione d’Indipendenza, che ha sancito la libertà come principio fondamentale degli Stati Uniti. As President Ronald Reagan wrote, “freedom is the most important thing to ...
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Message from President Mattarella on the occasion of Independence Day

The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella sent the following message to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump: «The anniversary of July 4 grants me the opportunity to extend our warmest wishes on behalf of the Italian people and myself. The United States and Italy are united by a long-standing friendship, ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy to the White House on July 30, 2018. Italy is an important NATO Ally, a leading partner in Afghanistan and Iraq, and key in bringing stability to the Mediterranean region. Together, the United States and Italy will look to deepen cooperation in addressing global ...
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Remarks by DCM Kelly Degnan at the BEST Program at Radio Dimensione Suono

Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure to join you today at the Radio Dimensione Suono headquarters to celebrate the Business Exchange and Student Training program, or BEST, as we call it. I would like to begin by thanking our host this evening, Mr. Montefusco and Radio Dimensione Suono (RDS), whose cooperation in ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception of the Fulbright 70th Anniversary

We are here today because a young American Senator, J. William Fulbright, conceived the idea in the aftermath of the Second World War to establish a cultural and educational exchange program between the United States and countries around the world. The Fulbright program was established in Italy in 1948.  Since its inception, more than 10,000 ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Fulbright 70th Anniversary

I am delighted to be here today to celebrate with you the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Italy.  This program was conceived by the young American Senator J. William Fulbright and approved by the Congress in 1946. He suggested selling surplus materials from World War II and putting the proceeds toward an international ...
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Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un

President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.–DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.  President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong ...
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Assistant Secretary Mitchell Speech at the Heritage Foundation

That task begins at home by making America more prosperous and secure. The President’s focus is on rebuilding our defenses by shoring up our depleted armed forces and recapitalizing our nuclear deterrent; on rebuilding our economy by making American businesses more competitive, stimulating investment, restoring manufacturing, and fighting to give American companies a fair playing ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg on Rome Chamber Music Festival

Good evening, and a warm welcome to Villa Taverna, including our young musicians and Maestro Robert McDuffie. In 2002, Robert came to Rome on a sabbatical year from Mercer University and developed a true passion for one of the world's most beautiful cities. Rome inspires everyone who comes here, so I’m not surprised Robert also ...
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The National Police Week

As we observe National Police Week in the United States we seek to highlight the U.S. partnership with Italy’s Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU). Created in 2005, this is a joint effort to improve the quality and capability of formed police units (FPUs) deploying to United Nations (UN) and regional peace operations. ...
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U.S. Implementation, Oversight and Enforcement of the EU-U.S. & Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks

From January 2017 through May 2018, the U.S. Government has taken action to support the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. These measures enhance privacy protections for EU and Swiss individuals, while ensuring that American and European businesses can count on the Privacy Shield to deliver innovative products and services across the Atlantic.
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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception of the American Academy

Good evening everyone, and welcome to Villa Taverna. It is a great pleasure to honor the American Academy in Rome and the women and men who contribute to galvanizing the Academy’s position as one of the most prominent cultural institutions not only in Rome, but in Europe. I’d especially like to welcome the Academy’s President Mark Robbins ...
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Statement by President Trump on Syria

THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans, a short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.  A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway.  We thank them both. Tonight, I ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at “The Jazz Ambassadors”

Good evening. Dennis, Hugo, alumni of the Young Leaders program, Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Villa Taverna.  It’s a pleasure for us to host you at Villa Taverna this evening. I’ve enjoyed meeting you all, and I can really see what a significant role the Young Leaders program of the Council for the United States ...
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Ambassador Eisenberg Participates in International Cooperation Discussion at 2018 Cybersecurity Summit in Rome

Ambassador Eisenberg participated in a roundtable discussion on international cybersecurity cooperation along with UK Ambassador Jill Morris.  Ambassador Eisenberg highlighted cooperation to address cybercrime, strengthen cybersecurity, and encourage responsible behavior in cyber space.   He emphasized the collaborative work the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security carry out ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Italy and Ambassador-Designate to San Marino Lewis Eisenberg

Most Excellent Captains Regent, Mr. Secretary, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is my great pleasure to be here in the UNESCO World Heritage city of San Marino.  Mr. Secretary, thank you for your words of welcome and friendship. The "Most Serene Republic" of San Marino is rightly proud to be regarded as the oldest surviving constitutional ...
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U.S. Ambassador Eisenberg Met San Marino Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

Minister, thank you very much for the opportunity to meet. I am very pleased to be in your country, which I understand is the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world.  I am also pleased to know that as many as 10 percent of your country's population is made up of American ...
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Sullivan Remarks at the Rome Center for American Studies (CSA)

My purpose in coming here to Rome is to reaffirm, as the President said, the importance of the relationship between the United States and Italy. We have millions of my fellow Americans who trace their ancestry to Italy, we have four million or more Americans who visit Italy every year, a million or more Italians ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Aspen Institute Italia

The United States and Italy have much in common, not just the creativity of the people, but also in the way that we are organized. Small and medium-sized enterprises are at the core of our business culture, and we both value entrepreneurship and innovation. Italy’s growth and prosperity is important to the United States, because ...
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Key Facts About New START Treaty Implementation

Through the Treaty’s verification regime, which includes short-notice, on-site inspections at New START Treaty-related bases and facilities, the United States is able to verify information about the strategic nuclear arsenal of the Russian Federation. The verification regime provides both countries insight into each other’s strategic nuclear delivery systems, warheads, and facilities.
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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Trafficking in Persons Round-table

Thank you to everyone for joining us today. I would like to thank Cesare Sirignano of the Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office for his crucial collaboration in helping to convene this meeting today.  I would also like to thank Joel Maybury and Mark Carlson of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address

Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers:  Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens.  Their two teenage daughters — Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens — were close friends on Long Island.  But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th Birthday, neither of them came home.  These two precious girls were ...
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Ambassador Kozak’s Remarks at the OSCE International Conference Against Anti-Semitism

This conference is a particularly appropriate follow-up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  As President Trump said:  “Every generation must learn and apply the lessons of the Holocaust.  We will stamp out prejudice.  We will condemn hatred.  We will bear witness and we will act.” Absent action, the sacred pledge of “Never again” can become empty ...
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At Christmas tree lighting, President Trump revives the tradition’s religious spirit

On an unseasonably warm November 30, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participated in the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. With the White House’s south facade as the backdrop, spectators gathered on the Ellipse at President’s Park to watch musical performances from groups such as the Beach Boys and listen to ...
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Coding Girls Press Conference (in Italian)

Saluto con piacere e ringrazio per la loro presenza Mirta Michilli, direttrice della Fondazione a cui tra breve passerò la parola,  Paola Andreozzi da Microsoft (TBC), e Donatella Solda dal Ministero dell’Università, Istruzione e Ricerca.  Desidero anche rivolgere un saluto e un ringraziamento all’Università di Roma La Sapienza, al Politecnico di Milano, all’Università di Salerno ...
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FCS Italy Collaborates with Singularity University on its 1st Summit in Italy

On September 27 and 28, Singularity University held its first Summit in Italy. The two-day event took place at Stella Polare (Rho Fiera) in Milan, and drew over 1,000 participants to hear twenty presentations on the latest developments in exponential technologies. Topics included the disruptive and converging fields of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Genomics, Biotechnology, Blockchain, ...
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Welcome Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Degnan

As always, it is a pleasure to be here at the Centro Studi Americani. I would like to begin my brief remarks by congratulating Professor Sergio Fabbrini on his latest accomplishment: the publication of his 15 th book: Sdoppiamento – Una prospettiva nuova per l’Europa. I am pleased that Professor Fabbrini chose Centro Studi Americani ...
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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American people in the face of evil. Though our country was wounded that day, ...
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Chargè d’Affaires Kelly Degnan Commemorates 9/11 with Rome City Representatives

Sixteen years have passed since the terrible events of September 11, 2001.  For many of us, the brutal deaths of nearly three thousand people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania marked a moment of stark awakening, when terrorism became far too real.  In an instant, the lives of ordinary ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 11, 2017, as Patriot Day

Throughout history, everyday Americans and first responders have done the extraordinary through selfless acts of patriotism, compassion, and uncommon courage.  Not just in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, but across our great Nation, Americans on September 11, 2001, bound themselves together for the common good, saying with one voice that we will be neither scared ...
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Remarks by President Trump at the 9/11 Memorial Observance

I want to thank you, Secretary Mattis, General Dunford, members of the Cabinet, members of the Armed Forces, first responders, and most importantly, to the families and to the survivors:  It’s an honor to join you on this very, very solemn occasion.  This is an occasion that is extraordinary, and it will always be extraordinary. ...
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United States and India To Co-Host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India, November 28-30

President Donald J. Trump announced the Summit during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House on June 26, 2017. The theme of GES this year is Women First, Prosperity for All, which highlights that when women do better, countries do better. GES 2017 will create an environment that empowers innovators, ...
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Remarks for the 241st Anniversary of U.S. Independence

First, I want to thank the Italian and American civilian and military representatives who are here with us tonight. We honor your service and dedication to country and people. It’s a special honor for me to welcome this evening the Prefect of Naples Carmela Pagano, the Mayor of Naples Luigi De Magistris, as well as ...
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Statement From Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on the Current Situation in Syria

As organized military efforts to defeat ISIS on the ground in Syria continue, the United States and our partners in the Coalition to Defeat ISIS are committed to ensuring that civilians from recently liberated areas can begin the process of returning home and rebuilding their lives. Actors in Syria must remember that our fight is ...
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Independence Day at the American Consulate in Florence

I am only one in a long chain of Consuls General who have served our country from Florence, and all of us leave a piece of ourselves here when we go. This city, which over hundreds of years has generated international dialogue, revolutionary art, and controversial philosophy, inspires us all. If I had to pick ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Degnan Hosts Iftar Dinner to Muslim Contacts

On June 20, Chargé d'Affaires Kelly Degnan welcomed 80 guests to the Embassy’s Iftar reception, including second-generation Italian Muslims, alumni of exchange programs, imams, members of the diplomatic corps from Muslim-majority nations, and NGO representatives active in promoting interfaith and intercultural dialogue. In her remarks, the Chargé highlighted the long history of the U.S. as ...
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2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month

In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize that LGBTI persons continue to face the threat of violence and discrimination. Violence ...
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Italian Republic National Day

The United States and Italy are strong partners, Allies, and friends. Throughout America’s history, Italian-Americans have enriched our communities by sharing their cultural heritage. This deep and enduring friendship, founded on mutual respect, trust, and affection is not one we take for granted. Rather, it is one we rekindle and strengthen every time we come ...
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President Trump Announces U.S. Withdrawal From the Paris Climate Accord

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and begin negotiations to either re-enter or negotiate an entirely new agreement with more favorable terms for the United States. The decision is a fulfillment of the promise President Trump made to the American people during his campaign. ...
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Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord

In my meetings at the G7, we have taken historic steps to demand fair and reciprocal trade that gives Americans a level playing field against other nations. We’re also working very hard for peace in the Middle East, and perhaps even peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Our attacks on terrorism are greatly stepped ...
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Remarks by the Vice President Introducing President Trump’s Statement on the Paris Accord

Since the first day of this administration, President Donald Trump has been working tirelessly to keep the promises that he made to the American people. President Trump has been reforming healthcare, enforcing our laws, ending illegal immigration, rebuilding our military. And this President has been rolling back excessive regulations and unfair trade practices that were ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Degnan at Florence American Cemetery

On Monday, May 29, Chargé d’Affaires of the United States in Italy and San Marino Kelly C. Degnan, Italian for Defense Domenico Rossi, and Commander U.S. Army Europe Lieutenant General Ben Hodges delivered remarks at the Memorial Day ceremony which took place at the Florence American Military Cemetery. Together, they also laid wreaths at the ...
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A Day of Remembrance

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and our citizens' desire to honor our fallen heroes by decorating their graves with flowers, and later our flag. We continue that ...
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Remarks by President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to Troops and Families

And I'm trying to figure out who’s in that helicopter that is coming in. It may be Prime Minister Abe. It may be Justin from Canada. Great people. We made a lot of good friends this week, I'll tell you, a lot of good friends. They’re good people. America is very blessed with a lot ...
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Statement from First Lady Melania Trump on her Visit to Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital

“My visit to Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital today was very moving. To spend time speaking to and coloring with children who have such a positive spirit despite illness was an amazing gift," stated First Lady Melania Trump. "The time I spent with the little ones in the Intensive Care Unit is something I will never ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin

The Pope and the President discussed how religious communities can combat human suffering in crisis regions, such as Syria, Libya, and ISIS-controlled territory. The President affirmed that the United States and the Holy See share many fundamental values and seek to engage globally to promote human rights, combat human suffering, and protect religious freedom.
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni

President Donald J. Trump today held meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. The leaders discussed the alliance between the United States and Italy, as well as priorities in the areas of defense cooperation, counterterrorism, and efforts to deny terrorists safe havens from Mali to Libya to Iraq to Afghanistan. President ...
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Briefing on Syria

The facts we’re presenting today are based on reporting from international and local nongovernmental organizations, press reporting, and also Intelligence Community assessments. The continued brutality of the Assad regime, including its use of chemical weapons, presents a clear threat to regional stability and security as well as to the national security interests of the United ...
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Briefing on the Arctic Council Ministerial Share

And one other thing I would mention: In the past years, two other agreements that have been signed previously have been implemented rather successfully over the last two years. One relates to improving search-and-rescue in the arctic region, and the second relates to preparing and responding to potential oil pollution incidents in the Arctic. Over ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on World Press Freedom Day

Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would not otherwise hear. They are the guardians of democratic values and ideals. The ...
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Space Apps Challenge Returns to Earth

Over 250 young scientists and engineers, mixed with designers, graphic artists and communicators, participated to the Rome's edition, where 16 teams proposed their ideas to improve life on Earth working on solutions to challenges in the five areas proposed by NASA, from improving knowledge of environmental issues, to preventing natural disasters. Among other guests, we ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Availability Share

Good afternoon, all. The Trump administration is currently conducting across the entire government a review of our Iran policy. Today I’d like to address Iran’s alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence, destabilizing more than one country at a time. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for ...
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The 30th Anniversary of the Missile Technology Control Regime Share

Thirty years ago on April 16, 1987, the United States and its G-7 partners (Canada, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom) announced the formation of the MTCR. The focus of this partnership is to restrict the transfer of missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction and related technologies. ...
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State Department Terrorist Designations of Tarek Sakr and Farah Mohamed Shirdon

The Department of State has designated Tarek Sakr and Farah Mohamed Shirdon as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the ...
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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability

Earlier today, Foreign Minister Lavrov and I had a lengthy conversation about issues that require immediate attention and issues that require longer-term attention. We understand that improvement in the long-term relationship will be required if we are to make progress on issues where we have different views. We spoke extensively about Syria, and in some ...
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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

We also had telephone conversations since that time, and as we’ve often agreed, our lines of communication shall always remain open. Our meeting today comes at an important moment in the relationship so that we can further clarify areas of common objectives, areas of common interest, even when our tactical approaches may be different, and ...
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G7 Foreign Ministers Stand United to Face Pressing International Challenges

While the statement covers nearly two dozen regions and topics of interest ranging from Middle East and Africa to maritime security, the issues of counterterrorism, defeating ISIS, and the crises in Iraq and Syria were adressed at great length. The statement acknowledged that international cooperation remains of paramount importance in the fight against terrorism. Regarding ...
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Interview with Secretary of State Tillerson on Situation in Syria

And once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria. We’re hopeful that we can prevent a continuation of the civil war and that we can bring the parties to the table to begin the process of political discussions. Clearly, that ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson To Travel to Lucca and Moscow

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Lucca, Italy, April 9-11 to attend the G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting provides a venue for the foreign ministers to discuss global political and security issues of mutual concern. Their discussions will set the stage for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit which President ...
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Mattis Praises Italy’s Security Contributions in First Meeting With Defense Minister

In his first meeting with his Italian counterpart in today, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis thanked Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti for her country’s hospitality for U.S. forces and its contributions to various security missions. The two defense leaders met in Brussels on the sidelines of a NATO defense ministers conference to discuss “the close and enduring ...
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SIOI Zero Hackathon Official Opening FAO

Good morning! It is a pleasure to be here with you today to launch this important event that embraces collaborative problem solving with the goal of producing solutions to some of the most challenging issues we face today. I would like to thank SIOI for sponsoring this event and FAO for providing such a beautiful ...
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Consul General Amb. Philip T. Reeker visited the Barilla Plant

Amb. Philip T. Reeker visited the Barilla plant, located in Pedrignano, near Parma. The Pedrignano plant is the largest pasta plant in the world. Barilla was also the first foreign company to open a pasta plant in the United States. Paolo Barilla, Vice President of the Group, explained to the Consul General, that in 1998 ...
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