COVID-19 Information

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.

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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 …

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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.”

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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,” …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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From Civil Rights to Racial Justice: Understanding African-American Social Justice Movements

The Summer of 2020 saw the United States’ biggest protests for racial justice and civil rights in a generation, when deaths of African Americans in police custody brought a national reckoning with systemic racism.  As we near the one year anniversary of some of the largest demonstrations in U.S. history, Dr. Alvin Tillery,  Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, discusses: what …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East

In my conversation with President [Prime Minister] Netanyahu, I commended him for the decision to bring the current hostilities to a close within less than 11 days.  I also emphasized what I have said throughout this conflict: The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks from Hamas and other …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Intervention at Arctic Council Ministerial

Foreign ministers, permanent participant heads of delegation, working group representatives, Arctic Council observers and guests, it really is an honor to join you for this meeting of the Arctic Council.  And I’m especially pleased to be here today with Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, a longstanding leader and expert on Arctic issues.

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Release of the 2021 Arctic Council Joint Declaration and Strategic Plan in Reykjavik, Iceland

Today, at the 12th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, foreign ministers from all eight Arctic States signed onto the 2021 joint declaration reaffirming the Council’s commitment to maintain peace, stability, and constructive cooperation in the Arctic region, emphasizing Arctic States’ unique position to promote responsible governance in the region, and asserting the importance …

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Reinforcing the U.S. Commitment to the Arctic at the Arctic Council Ministerial May 19-20, 2021

Secretary Blinken will lead the U.S. delegation to the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council May 19-20, in Reykjavik, Iceland.  The United States will join the seven other Arctic States and six Permanent Participants at this biennial gathering to ensure the region remains free of conflict and to strengthen cooperation on issues such as …

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Artic Council Ministerial, Reykjavik, Iceland

The 12th Ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council will mark the end of the two-year Icelandic Chairmanship term. The meeting will be held on 20th May 2021 in Reykjavik, Iceland. It provides an opportunity to review the Council’s activities and accomplishments under Iceland’s Chairmanship. It will also see the Russian Federation assume the role for …

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Preview of Secretary Blinken’s Trip to the Arctic Council

Senior Official for the U.S. Department of State E Under Secretariat and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Ambassador Marcia Bernicat previews Secretary Blinken’s participation at the Arctic Council Ministerial meetings this week. The United States commends Iceland on their productive Chairmanship these past two years.

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On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

This year’s May 17 marks 16 years since the first International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). In the intervening period, the United States has endeavored to reaffirm the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons. To be sure, we have encountered challenges and …

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U.S. supports the human rights of transgender people around the world

“While progress has been made, human rights abuses against transgender persons, particularly trans women of color and non-binary persons, remain all too common in many countries around the world,” said the State Department’s Scott Busby at a virtual event to honor the Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31. “Governments have an obligation to protect, …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

President Biden spoke today with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to convey the U.S. commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Palestinian partnership. They discussed the current tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank and expressed their shared desire for Jerusalem to be a place of peaceful coexistence for people of all faiths and backgrounds. President Biden updated …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

The President spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. He condemned these indiscriminate attacks against towns and cities across Israel. The President updated the Prime Minister on high-level U.S. engagement with regional …

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Joint Statement on Working Together for Global Climate Action

Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry will travel to Rome, London, and Berlin, May 13-19, 2021, to meet with European government officials and business leaders on enhancing global climate ambition ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year.  In Rome, Special Presidential Envoy …

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2020 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 …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Travels to Europe

Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry will travel to Rome, London, and Berlin, May 13-19, 2021, to meet with European government officials and business leaders on enhancing global climate ambition ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year.  In Rome, Special Presidential Envoy …

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NASA readies its best asteroid punch

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s real. NASA scientists will soon launch a mission to change the course of a distant asteroid in a test of technology that could one day save planet Earth from disaster. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spaceship could launch as early as July. It …

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U.S. supports prosperity in the Western Hemisphere

The United States stands with partner nations and civil society to ensure the Western Hemisphere remains free and democratic. “The Western Hemisphere is our home,” Vice President Harris said on May 4 during the virtual 51st Washington Conference on the Americas. “And because it is our home, because the people within it are our neighbors, it is imperative …

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Vice President Harris: ‘We will do everything possible to help India’

The U.S. government, the private sector and the American people are rallying together to deliver emergency assistance as quickly as possible to India as it battles COVID-19. “We will do everything possible to help India,” Vice President Harris told an audience of Indian diaspora communities May 7. Speaking of her Indian heritage and her family members in …

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Blinken: America stands for peace and cooperation

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken says the United States will work with other nations to uphold the rules and values that support international peace and cooperation. In May 7 remarks to the U.N. Security Council, Blinken defended a rules-based international order that ushered in the most peaceful and prosperous era in modern history and remains essential …

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State Department honors its forgotten heroes

The U.S. Department of State is commemorating forgotten heroes who gave their lives decades ago advancing America’s diplomatic mission. An ambassador born into slavery, a hero of the War of 1812, and diplomatic envoys to the Republic of Texas stricken with yellow fever are among the 71 historical names recently added to the memorial to …

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Meet the woman who represents the United States in trade

Tai is the 19th person sworn in as U.S. trade representative since an act of Congress created the position in 1962. Before then, the U.S. Department of State conducted U.S. trade and investment diplomacy. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative was created 13 years later. Today, the agency employs 200 professionals with specialized experience in …

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Reducing vehicle emissions in the U.S. (infographic)

In the United States, government policies, innovations from the American auto industry and consumer interest in clean air have combined over recent decades to reduce emissions from passenger vehicles. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan includes a $15 billion investment for a national network of 500,000 charging stations to give electric vehicle drivers charging options where they need …

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A beginner’s guide to America

Hakakian and her mother had arrived — as Jewish Iranian refugees — in the U.S in 1985, after Hakakian had come of age during the upheaval and aftermath of the 1979 revolution in her home country. Hakakian is a human rights activist, poet and author whose new book is A Beginner’s Guide to America. On a day …

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World Press Freedom Day

Tomorrow, the United States joins the international community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day.  Information and knowledge are powerful tools, and a free and independent press is the core institution connecting publics to the information they need to advocate for themselves, make informed decisions, and hold governmental officials accountable.  The United States advocates for press freedom …

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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.

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What do U.S. religious leaders say about vaccination? (photo gallery)

Throughout the United States, religious leaders are urging their followers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, dispelling myths and misinformation about the vaccines. Some leaders participate in public health campaigns or offer houses of worship as vaccination sites. And many are getting vaccinated in public or sharing photos of their jab.

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Ceremony for the donation of medical equipment to the Policlinico Umberto I Hospital in Rome

On Tuesday, April 27, CdA Thomas Smitham participated in a ceremony at the Emergency Medicine Unit at Policlinico Umberto I for the donation of medical equipment worth approximately 259 thousand euro.   The donation to the Policlinico Umberto I’s ICU consisted of 10 tilting beds, with integrated scales and anti-decubitus mattresses; 10 central multi-parameter monitors, equipped …

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World leaders pledge to cap global emissions

Leaders from around the world committed to reducing carbon emissions and transitioning to clean energy at President Biden’s virtual Leaders Summit on Climate. “We made great progress,” Biden said on April 23, the second day of the summit. “I’m grateful to all the leaders who have announced new commitments to help us meet the existential …

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Launching Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

At President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate on April 23, 2021, the United States and United Arab Emirates, with endorsement from the United Kingdom’s COP 26 Presidency, and with support from Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, and Uruguay, announced plans to launch the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate).  The goal of AIM …

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Statement from the Embassy of the United States of America, April 22, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose unprecedented risks to travelers. In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad. As travelers face ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has updated its Travel Advisories this week to better reflect the Centers for Disease Control …

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A Proclamation on Earth Day, 2021

On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans rallied together to protect the right of all of us to live free from environmental hazard and harm.  On that first Earth Day, they gathered all across America — on college campuses, in public parks, and State capitals — galvanized by a vision of a healthier, more prosperous …

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Earth Day 2021

Today, the 51st Earth Day, we must work together to combat the climate crisis and restore our Earth for the benefit of everyone.  Each year, an estimated one billion people around the world mobilize for action on Earth Day, and this year, the United States joins this wave of action. This morning, President Biden will welcome leaders from around the globe to the …

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Opening Remarks at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate

As President Biden and Vice President Harris have made clear, this administration intends to do more than any in U.S. history to meet the climate crisis.  What the United States can do at home can make a significant contribution toward keeping the Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.  That’s why we’re raising our ambitions, as …

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Italy Travel Advisory: Level 4: Do Not Travel, April 20, 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 country. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Italy. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Italy.

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For Earth Day 2021, download this free poster

April 22 was established as Earth Day in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to encourage Americans to protect the environment. Since then it has become a global day of of action to restore our Earth. For Earth Day 2021, President Biden will convene a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate. On U.S. plans to address climate issues, the …

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Secretary Blinken and Special Presidential Envoy Kerry at Leaders Summit on Climate

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will join President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and several U.S. cabinet secretaries and private sector and civil society leaders at the Leaders Summit on Climate. President Biden will host leaders from around the world in discussions highlighting the urgent need …

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U.S. rallies support for global vaccine distribution

Many citizens of developing world nations will receive COVID-19 vaccines thanks to funds being raised by the United States and partner organizations. The recently launched COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility Advance Market Commitment (AMC) aims to raise $2 billion to procure and distribute up to 1.8 billion safe and effective vaccines to low- and middle-income countries.

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Tackling the Crisis and Seizing the Opportunity: America’s Global Climate Leadership

Well, good afternoon, everyone.  And Will, thank you for a wonderful introduction.  And thank you for lending us this absolutely spectacular setting and backdrop – certainly the best setting and backdrop I’ve had in my brief tenure as Secretary.  And thanks so much to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for your lasting commitment to save the …

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Diversity is an essential component of the U.S. diplomatic corps

American diplomats represent U.S. values abroad and embody a core tenet of American life: diversity. In the United States, anyone — regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background — can become a diplomat and represent America abroad as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. One of the many ways the State …

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A Proclamation on National Park Week, 2021

The renowned environmentalist and author, Rachel Carson, wrote in her seminal book Silent Spring that, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  There is something healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”  …

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U.S. and NATO partner to face global challenges

The United States and its allies are calling on Russia to stop its military buildup along the border of Ukraine and abide by its international commitments. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told reporters after an April 14 meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels that representatives of 30 allied nations unanimously opposed Russia’s military …

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Remarks by President Biden on Russia

Good afternoon, everyone.  Earlier this week, I spoke with President Putin of Russia about the nature of our relationship — the relationship between our two countries.  And I was candid and respectful; the conversation was candid and respectful.  Two great powers with significant responsibility for global stability.  And President Putin and I have had a …

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Holding Russia To Account

We have engaged Russian authorities to share our concerns about their actions and the steps we are taking in response. The President is signing a new Executive Order on Russia that will broaden the scope of our sanctions authorities. Under this new Executive Order, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is issuing a directive prohibiting U.S. …

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State Department creates new position to advocate for diplomatic diversity

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced April 12 that former Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will be the U.S. Department of State’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer. The State Department supports racial equity both abroad and at home, and has created the position to ensure a diverse and inclusive diplomatic corps.

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Sister Parks program links countries around the world

Through the Sister Parks program, national parks in the United States share a mission of environmental stewardship with similar parks around the world. Participant countries enter a five-year agreement, overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Affairs, with the United States allowing park rangers from both nations to share conservation tips and best practices for …

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What makes a National Historic Landmark?

The United States is not as old as some other nations, but it includes many historically important cultural sites. The National Historic Landmarks Program helps preserve them for the enjoyment of future generations. Each National Historic Landmark represents an exceptional aspect of American history and culture, according to the U.S. National Park Service (NPS).

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A Proclamation on 160th Anniversary Of The Unification Of Italy And The Establishment Of United States-Italy Diplomatic Relations

Today we commemorate over 160 years since the unification of Italy as a single state and the establishment of United States-Italy diplomatic relations.  Our nations share a deep and enduring friendship, bolstered by the bonds of family and culture that tie our peoples together.  It is a particularly meaningful relationship for the millions of proud …

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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 Washington, D.C.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Di Maio celebrated the historic U.S.-Italy relationship, including the establishment of diplomatic relations 160 years ago, and committed to renew the deep and productive ties between the United States and Italy.

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

We are working in so many ways on so many different levels, the United States and Italy, to strengthen the prospects for our people across many, many different issues.  We have a lot to discuss today.  But it’s particularly fitting because this is the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United …

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Biden is committed to NASA’s Artemis program for the moon and beyond

President Biden is committed to NASA’s multilateral mission to return to the moon and send astronauts to Mars. “Through the Artemis program, the United States government will work with industry and international partners to send astronauts to the surface of the moon,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said February 4, announcing the Biden administration’s …

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Muslim stars are rising on American stages and screens

Muslim actors, singers, directors and comedians are representing their experiences more authentically in the entertainment industry, from Broadway to Hollywood. In the United States, Islam is the third largest religious demographic and, according to the Pew Research Center, is set to become the second largest by 2040, making it important that Muslim Americans see themselves reflected …

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The United States Restores Assistance for the Palestinians

The United States is pleased to announce that, working with Congress, we plan to restart U.S. economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people.  This includes $75 million in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10 million for peacebuilding programs through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and $150 million in humanitarian assistance …

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Remarks by President Biden Marking the 150 Millionth COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

The seminary and other houses of worship in the area are partnering with the community health centers to offer vaccination and vaccination sites.  They’re seeing these kinds of partnerships where — and not just there, but we’re seeing them all over the country.  People are coming together across the different faiths to serve those most …

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U.S. and partners seek to deter human rights violations

The United States is working with international partners to defend human rights worldwide as authoritarian regimes step up repression amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Standing for people’s freedom and dignity honors America’s most sacred values,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said March 30, announcing the release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. “At …

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Report: To Walk the Earth in Safety

The United States is the world’s single largest financial supporter of conventional weapons destruction, investing more than $4 billion in over 100 countries since 1993 to promote international peace and security by addressing humanitarian hazards from landmines and unexploded ordnance in post-conflict countries, as well as by partnering with nations to reduce the availability of …

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The USA is still a birthplace for jazz greats (video)

Rock, rap and hip-hop may rule the charts, but jazz, with roots in the spirituals of African-American slaves, is still America’s gift to the world. “There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble: individual freedom but with responsibility to the group,” a primer from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz explains. Jazz isn’t heard …

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U.S.-Italy, Common Challenges

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and the United States, dating back to 1861, when Italians came together, propelled by the momentous awakening of the Risorgimento, under the banner of a single, unified Nation. Over the past 75 years, our ties have grown ever closer and our …

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Easter traditions in America

Some churches hold vigils the night before to greet the new day at sunrise and reflect on the meaning of resurrection. Above, the Capitol Church held a sunrise service at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. With Lent officially over, families and friends gather in their homes and churches for an Easter meal.

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Travels to UAE, India and Bangladesh to Discuss the Climate Crisis  

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, and Dhaka April 1-9, 2021, for consultations on increasing climate ambition ahead of President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate April 22-23 and the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year. For media inquiries, please contact ClimateComms@state.gov.

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Get to know 5 notable Arab Americans

Arab Americans have long made outsized contributions to American society, whether in the area of science, politics, the arts or other disciplines. The 2019 American Community Survey shows an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States reported Arab ancestry. The largest group is of Lebanese ancestry, but others claim Yemeni, Algerian, Saudi Arabian, Tunisian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Kurdish …

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2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Later this year, the Department of State will release an addendum to each 2020 country report that expands the subsection on women in Section 6, entitled “Discrimination, Societal Abuses, and Trafficking in Persons,” to include a broader range of issues related to reproductive rights.  The addendum will cover maternal health issues such as maternal mortality, …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

I very much want to thank you, Lisa, and thank the many folks at the department, here in Washington but also around the world – in our embassies, in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor – who researched, drafted, and edited these reports.  They brought not only their expert knowledge of the issues …

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Who names NASA’s Mars rovers?

When NASA engineers need a name for a robotic Mars “rover,” they know where to find creativity. They turn to America’s young people. More than 28,000 students — from kindergarten through 12th grade — submitted names for the rover that landed on Mars last month. It was Alex Mather, a Virginia seventh-grader, who won the …

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U.S. stands with the global LGBTQI+ community

On International Transgender Day of Visibility and every day, the United States defends the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people around the world. The United States works with groups in over 100 countries to affirm a consistent global message that LGBTQI+ people have the same human rights and fundamental freedoms as …

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President Biden Participates in European Council Summit

Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. participated virtually in a scheduled summit of the European Council. Meeting with the heads of state or government of the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) chaired by European Council President Charles Michel, the President reaffirmed his commitment to revitalizing relations between the United States and the European …

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Black women who changed our world

Many of the modern conveniences we rely on each day come from the accomplishments of African American women. Black women inventors helped shape the way we watch movies, conduct online meetings, and even heat and secure our homes. They succeeded in developing new technologies despite obstacles, such as resistance to developing their products and other …

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U.S. and allies adapt to face new challenges

Secretary of State Antony Blinken wants to revitalize U.S. alliances to counter modern threats, including economic coercion, disinformation and climate change. In a speech March 24 in Brussels, Blinken affirmed America’s commitment to NATO and allies around the world. He urged nations to cooperate in the face of increasingly complex challenges.

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Joint Statement by the Secretary of State Blinken and EU High Representative

On March 24, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell met in Brussels to discuss ways to strengthen the U.S.- EU relationship and coordinate responses to priority foreign policy, security, and economic issues.  They also committed to cooperate in the face of global challenges, including …

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Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances

A few weeks ago, not long after becoming Secretary as State, I spoke directly to the American people.  I said that my number one job is to ensure that America’s foreign policy delivers for them – that it makes their lives more secure, creates opportunities for their families and communities, and addresses the global challenges …

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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 on the margins of the NATO Foreign Ministerial in Brussels. The Secretary emphasized the importance of the enduring partnership between the United States and Italy. The ministers agreed the United States and Italy will continue to work together to address shared …

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America strives for open government

President Biden “is committed to building an America that is more inclusive, more just, and more accessible for every American, including Americans with disabilities and their families,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said January 25, announcing that an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be present at daily briefings.

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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield represents the United States at the U.N.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield has a new role as the representative of the United States to the United Nations, America’s highest-profile diplomatic position after secretary of state. Thomas-Greenfield is the 31st person to lead the U.S. Mission to the United Nations since the mission’s creation in 1947 by an act of Congress. She brings decades of experience …

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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 …

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Report: Governments target critics during COVID-19

After criticizing the Venezuelan government’s response to COVID-19 in April, human rights lawyer Iván Virgüez was arrested and tortured by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro. Chinese reporter Zhang Zhan traveled to Wuhan, China, in February 2020 to report on the city’s coronavirus outbreak and was later sentenced to four years in prison. The journalist’s …

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

Today marks ten years since the Syrian people peacefully took to the streets calling for reform. The Assad regime’s response has been one of appalling violence. President Assad and his backers bear responsibility for the years of war and human suffering that followed. We praise the brave individuals and organisations who over the last ten …

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Poetry helps American physicians to heal

Dr. Daniel Becker wakes up around 4:30 a.m. every day, pours a cup of coffee, then disappears into his office for an hour. There, he writes poems before starting his day treating patients. Becker is a physician at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and he is among a growing number of American doctors …

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Biden: Quad partners boosting COVID-19 vaccine production in India

The United States and Quad partner nations are ramping up production of U.S.-developed vaccines in India to strengthen vaccination efforts across the Indo-Pacific. President Biden announced the vaccine partnership plan March 12 at the outset of the first leaders’ summit of the Quad, a partnership between the United States, India, Japan and Australia.

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Joint Statement by France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States on an Interim Government of National Unity in Libya

France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America welcome the vote of confidence by the overwhelming majority of the members of the House of Representatives meeting in Sirte 8-10 March to endorse the cabinet chosen by Prime Minister-designate Abdulhamid Dabaiba for an interim Government of National Unity.

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Celebrating the power of American folk and traditional arts

From fiddle and blues music to Native American beadwork and canoe building, a March 4 celebration by the 2020 National Heritage Fellows showcased many forms of American folk and traditional arts. Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Ann Eilers praised the fellows’ art for illustrating that “there are many versions of American life, and …

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Joint Statement: The U.S. and the EU Commit to Greater Cooperation to Counter the Climate Crisis

Today in Brussels, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry met with European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, and the College of Commissioners to discus efforts to raise global climate ambition heading into COP26 in Glasgow.  After their meetings, they released the following statement.

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U.S. Assistance to Italy to Fight COVID – Ventilators are Part of $60 Million Assistance Package

As the virus continues to spread throughout the world, and with new variants emerging, it is important to improve preparedness and resilience in the health care sector. These ventilators are part of the United States’ $60 million assistance package to Italy that aims to help Italian healthcare institutions, NGOs, and private sector fight the pandemic …

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Remarks by President Biden on International Women’s Day

On Friday, I submitted to the Senate for confirmation my first slate of nominations for four-star command positions in our Armed Forces — among them, two outstanding and eminently qualified warriors and patriots.  General Jacqueline Van Ovost in the United States Air Force is currently the only female four-star officer serving in our military.  I …

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Stopping criminals who traffic wildlife

Since 2015, the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking in 2015 has activated a three-pronged strategy to promote law enforcement, build international cooperation, and reduce demand for illegal wild animals and their parts. The U.S. attorney general and secretaries of State and Interior co-chair the task force, which draws upon 17 federal agencies to implement …

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Exchange students discover diplomacy through virtual simulations

American and international students are connecting through exchange programs and diplomacy simulations that challenge them to work together and design solutions to global crises. These student diplomats participate in online simulations run by the National Museum of American Diplomacy, whose dedicated education program encourages teachers and students around the world to immerse themselves in the world …

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How NASA fights climate change from space

The U.S. agency that explores outer space is aiding the global fight against climate change. With more than two dozen satellites and other measuring tools, NASA collects massive amounts of environmental data on everything from air pollution to global temperatures. Scientists use that information to better understand climate change and how to slow it.

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A Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2021

Each year, Women’s History Month offers an important opportunity for us to shine a light on the extraordinary legacy of trailblazing American women and girls who have built, shaped, and improved upon our Nation.  Throughout American history, women and girls have made vital contributions, often in the face of discrimination and undue hardship.  Courageous women …

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The first U.S. president set his own term limit

America’s first president, George Washington, voluntarily gave up the office more than two centuries ago. The speech he gave announcing his departure is still so important that it is read aloud every year in the Senate. Washington wrote his Farewell Address in 1796, toward the end of his second term as president. He used the address to …

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Secretary Blinken’s Participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participated virtually in today’s EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) at the invitation of EU High Representative Josep Borrell.  Secretary Blinken highlighted the United States’ commitment to repairing, revitalizing, and raising the level of ambition in the U.S.-EU relationship. He emphasized the importance of close cooperation with the EU and …

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Shifts in the new U.S. Congress (infographic)

The new Congress most notably features an evenly divided Senate, with 50 Republicans on one side of the aisle and 48 Democrats and 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats on the other. Vice President Kamala Harris, a Democrat, will be the tiebreaker, so Democrats will control the agenda and the Senate’s various committees.

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Black artists have always been an essential part of American culture

Black women in the arts have long formed the backbone of America’s cultural landscape. As Americans were reminded at President Biden’s inauguration, young Black artists such as poet Amanda Gorman are emerging and sharing their vision for the future with the world. For Black History Month, we look at past and present defining figures in music, literature and …

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Readout of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III Remarks at Day One of the NATO Defense Ministerial

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III participated in his first NATO Defense Ministerial as the U.S. Defense Secretary today, providing remarks during two separate sessions.  The first session discussed deterrence and defense, burden sharing, and Secretary General Stoltenberg’s ‘NATO 2030’ initiative.  The second session discussed trans-Atlanticism, NATO-EU relations, Alliance resilience, and emerging and disruptive …

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Why freedom of the press is important

Freedom of the press is an essential right in the United States and a core principle of democracy. Protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a free press helps maintain the balance of power in government. Numerous journalists worldwide have been killed while working to fulfill their essential role in free and open societies.

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America’s culture of innovation spans the country

California’s Silicon Valley is known for its startup culture. So are commercial hubs in the Northeast — think Boston and New York — or Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. Startups in these tech corridors have long benefited from the investment of venture capitalists. But Americans in every part of the country love to innovate. Investors increasingly …

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Biden-Harris Administration Launches American Innovation Effort to Create Jobs and Tackle the Climate Crisis

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is initiating an ambitious innovation effort to create American jobs while tackling the climate crisis, which includes the launch of a new research working group, an outline of the Administration’s innovation agenda, and a new $100 million funding opportunity from the U.S. Department of Energy to support transformational low-carbon energy technologies. …

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Readout of the First National Climate Task Force Meeting

Today, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy convened the first-ever National Climate Task Force meeting as outlined by President Biden’s January 27 executive order on tackling the climate crisis. The Task Force is chaired by the National Climate Advisor and includes Cabinet-level leaders from 21 federal agencies and senior White House officials to kickstart the Biden-Harris …

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The scientist who helped NASA catch an asteroid

Among those behind one of NASA’s greatest feats of science — collecting samples from a moving asteroid — is a Venezuelan-American immigrant who came to the United States to realize a lifelong dream. This past October, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft took a sample from the asteroid Bennu, the smallest …

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Biden: We will solve global challenges together

President Biden is vowing to strengthen America’s international relationships and tackle global challenges with the help of other nations. In a major foreign policy speech, Biden said the United States will work with the international community to tackle global challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, and to advance freedom and dignity for people around the world.

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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. The Secretary expressed his desire to rebuild and strengthen the enduring partnership between the United States and Italy. He emphasized the U.S. desire to work with Italy, particularly in its role as President of the G20, and other partners to …

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U.S. Embassy to Italy, USAID and Rotary International donate tablets to Italian students to support education

I am very happy to be here, with Rotary International, TIM and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research. Thanks to this initiative, 300 students will receive tablets and Internet service to facilitate online remote learning.

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Biden-Harris Administration Commits on Climate Change

Today, President Biden will take executive action to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad while creating good-paying union jobs and equitable clean energy future, building modern and sustainable infrastructure, restoring scientific integrity and evidence-based policymaking across the federal government, and re-establishing the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

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U.S. invests in cleaning up plastic in oceans

Wayward plastic waste has been accumulating in the world’s oceans for years, and it is increasingly harming local industries that rely on oceans and coastal waters — especially tourism and aquaculture. Supporting economic vitality is one reason the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) launched its Ocean Plastics Initiative. By backing specific projects, the initiative will …

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Presidential proclamation on travel restrictions in the Schengen area

The Federal Government must act swiftly and aggressively to combat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The national emergency caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States continues to pose a grave threat to our health and security.  As of January 20, 2021, the United States had experienced more than 24 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more …

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The Biden-Harris plan to beat COVID-19

The American people deserve an urgent, robust, and professional response to the growing public health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. President Biden believes that the federal government must act swiftly and aggressively to help protect and support our families, small businesses, first responders, and caregivers essential to help us face this …

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U.S. reaffirms partnership with World Health Organization

The United States is resuming support for the World Health Organization, which plays a vital role in fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden announced the renewed commitment to the WHO in a January 20 letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, reversing the prior administration’s plan to leave the U.N.’s public health arm in July.

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Commemoration of the 77th Anniversary of the Allied Landing in Anzio

Today, on January 22, 2021, we commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Allied landings at Anzio and Nettuno, where brave Americans joined allies and partners to liberate Italy.  Over 7,800 U.S. service members remain at Nettuno’s Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, their final resting place.  Today, we draw inspiration from these heroes and their sacrifice.  We shall …

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Meet Biden’s choice for secretary of state: Antony Blinken

For Antony Blinken, the incoming administration’s pick for America’s top diplomat, returning to the U.S. State Department brings the opportunity to continue both professional and family traditions. If confirmed by the Senate, Blinken would resume a career at the State Department, where he served during the Clinton and Obama administrations. His career in public service …

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Biden’s inauguration to blend the old with the new

Every four years, the American president is sworn in January 20 in Washington before big crowds. Presidents typically throw in concerts, parades and balls to create several days’ worth of festivities around their inaugurations. But as Joseph R. Biden Jr. becomes the 46th president of the United States on January 20, shoulder-to-shoulder crowds will be …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, January 15, 2021

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, December 22, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel (including tourism) to Italy. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and recommends that travelers should avoid all travel to Italy. 

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Deputy Chief of Mission Smitham thanks Italian Health workers at Policlinico Umberto I

A goodwill gesture from Mission Italy to the staff of Policlinico Umberto I, one of the primary hospitals for treating Covid patients in Rome. Mission Italy has arranged for a caterer to distribute 200 box lunches to essential workers to thank them for their dedication and commitment to the fight against COVID-19. Deputy Chief of …

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Ambassador Eisenberg’s Farewell Calls with Government Ministers of the Republic of San Marino

Today Ambassador Eisenberg held virtual farewell calls with San Marino Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Luca Beccari and Minister of Industry Fabio Righi, together with U.S. Consul General in Florence Ragini Gupta.  During the calls he praised U.S.-San Marino bilateral relations: “Thank you for your strong cooperation, especially in international fora and security.” He …

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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 …

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The United States – Leading Collective Action in Global Health Security

For over 50 years the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance.  The United States has worked for decades to improve global capacity to contain outbreaks at their source and minimize their impact, and we will remain a leader, partner, and advocate on this issue.  We have made …

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USAID plans for global recovery from COVID-19

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is preparing to help international partners overcome economic and humanitarian hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa on October 28 announced the agency’s Over the Horizon Strategic Review, a new initiative to plan for a world altered by COVID-19 by helping partner nations on …

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Celebrating International Education Week 2020

November 16 marks the start of International Education Week (IEW) 2020. IEW is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which provides an opportunity to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. This …

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U.S. Government Support for the Italian Private Sector to Fight COVID-19

As part of the ongoing U.S. assistance to Italy to fight COVID-19, on November 12, Ambassador Eisenberg virtually met with four companies which are the recipients of U.S. government grants through USAID’s INVEST program. Through this initiative, the United States will give funding to businesses to assist with the research, development, or manufacture of therapeutics, …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, November 5, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel (including tourism) to Italy. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and similarly recommends that travelers defer all nonessential travel to Italy.

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, October 28, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel (including tourism) to Italy. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and similarly recommends that travelers defer all nonessential travel to Italy.

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, October 23, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel (including tourism) to Italy. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and similarly recommends that travelers defer all nonessential travel to Italy.

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Voting Assistance, October 16, 2020

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is offering virtual voting assistance via Zoom over the next two weeks to provide direct support to U.S. citizens overseas.  Voters in Italy can participate in either of the following …

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Overview on U.S. Elections 2020

The 59th United States Presidential Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Wednesday 4th, New Zealand time). Learn more here about how the U.S. election system works below, and join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook. Americans will go to the polls On November 3, 2020 to cast their ballots for the man …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, October 8, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel (including tourism) to Italy. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and similarly recommends that travelers defer all nonessential travel to Italy.

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By, September 28, 2020

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee …

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NASA Administrator Signs Declaration of Intent with Italy on Artemis Cooperation

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, representing the United States government, signed a joint statement of intent with Italian Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers Riccardo Fraccaro, representing the Italian government, articulating strong mutual interest between the two countries in pursuing Italian contributions to lunar exploration activities as part of NASA’s Artemis Program. The signing took …

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Remarks by President Trump to the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 22, 2020

PRESIDENT TRUMP: It is my profound honor to address the United Nations General Assembly. Seventy-five years after the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, we are once again engaged in a great global struggle. We have waged a fierce battle against the invisible enemy — the China virus — …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, September 17, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Rome has resumed scheduling limited notarial services. Please visit https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/notarial-services/ to schedule an appointment.  All individuals entering the consular building must wear a face covering in accordance with Italian government decrees mandating social distancing. In addition, customers requiring assistance in Italy who have not yet completed the required 14 days of isolation will not be allowed to …

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International Day of Democracy

Democracy remains the aspiration of people all over the world because each of us yearns to be free.  From the time we are children, we instinctively assert our ability to self-govern, to make decisions that shape our lives.  As citizens, we understand that we must be free to engage others in debates over the wisdom …

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Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg joins Mayor of Rome in 9/11 commemoration

September 11, 2020 U.S. Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg joined the Mayor of the City of Rome Virginia Raggi in a ceremony to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001.  The wreath-laying ceremony took place at the 9/11 Remembrance Plaque in Rome.  The two columns recall the Twin Towers in New York.  Every year the Mayor …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Poisoning of Alexei Navalny

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 condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the confirmed poisoning of Alexei Navalny. Germany has briefed G7 partners on the fact that clinical and toxicological …

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U.S. helps allies fight cyberattacks

Cybersecurity experts from the U.S. Cyber Command are working with other nations to identify malware and network attacks. Cyberattacks undermine elections and threaten democracy. By working with host nations, Cyber Command has identified more than 40 malware samples since 2018. The best way to fight cyberattacks and false information campaigns is to expose the weapons used …

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Proclamation on Women’s Equality Day, 2020

Recently, our Nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to our Constitution.  On the commemoration of this historic day, I was proud to issue a Proclamation honoring the women’s suffrage movement and sign a full pardon for one of its greatest leaders, Susan B. Anthony, who was unjustly convicted for voting on …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The United States is leading the global response to COVID-19 with foreign assistance funding. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and other foreign assistance. Our global efforts build upon decades of U.S. investment in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance, and we continue to ensure …

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Syria Sanctions Designations

Tomorrow will mark the seventh anniversary of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons attack in Ghouta which killed over 1,400 Syrians. Today, in memory of the victims of that brutality, the United States is announcing six sanctions against the Assad regime’s military, government, and financial supporters. As we continue to implement the goals of the Caesar …

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On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day

On World Humanitarian Day, we honor the memory of humanitarian workers who made the ultimate sacrifice answering the call to protect the lives and alleviate the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable people.  We recognize the tireless commitment of these individuals who put the lives of others before their own and who persist in their …

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Securing Freedom in the Heart of Europe

Thank you all.  Dobry den.  Let me try it that way.  How did I do?  All right.  That’s all you’re going to suffer of my Czech today. Minister Petricek, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Vondracek, Senator Fischer, who I’ll be speaking with after my remarks, members of the parliament, and other distinguished guests: Thank you.  …

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Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, August 7, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers reconsider (i.e., avoid nonessential) travel to Italy.  In addition, the CDC has issued a Level 3 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and similarly recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Italy. The European Union (EU), which includes Italy, currently prohibits …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, July 31, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  As of July 1, the European Union (known as the EU, which includes Italy) began lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of certain third countries. The …

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President Trump Is Leading a Once-in-a-Generation Effort to Ensure Americans Have Access to a COVID-19 Vaccine

The President is using all available means to ensure safe vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics are developed, manufactured, and distributed in unprecedented time and scale in response to COVID-19. Earlier this year, President Trump launched Operation Warp Speed, a groundbreaking partnership between the Federal Government, scientific community, and private sector to develop and deliver vaccines in …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, July 16, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  As of July 1, the European Union (known as the EU, which includes Italy) began lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of certain third countries. The …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, July 10, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  As of July 1, the European Union (known as the EU, which includes Italy) began lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of certain third countries. The …

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Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing, July 8, 2020

Well, good morning all.  The White House Coronavirus Task Force met today, here at the Department of Education, as part of our ongoing effort to focus on a mission to save lives, meet the needs of our states and our healthcare workers, to protect the vulnerable, and to safely reopen America and reopen America’s schools. …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message, July 6, 2020 (NAPLES)

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee …

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Remarks by President Trump at the 2020 Salute to America

Thanks to the courage of those patriots of July 4th, 1776, the American Republic stands today as the greatest, most exceptional, and most virtuous nation in the history of the world. Our workers, our factories have revolutionized industries and lifted millions into prosperity.  Our artists, architects, and engineers have inspired the globe with transcendent works …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message, July 3, 2020 (MILAN)

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message, July 2, 2020 (FLORENCE)

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, July 2, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  As of July 1, the European Union (known as the EU, which includes Italy) began lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of certain …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Government leads the globe with $12.5 billion allocated to benefit international COVID-19 response, including commitments for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and foreign assistance. We are achieving real results, helping nations around the world respond to COVID-19 and thereby protecting the homeland. We continue to ensure that the substantial U.S. …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message, July 1, 2020 (ROME)

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, June 25, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories. On June 11, the Italian government released a decree that introduces updated health measures including travel restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.  Please visit the website of the Italian Ministry …

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Ambassador Eisenberg Meets Healthcare Professionals at Spallanzani Hospital in Rome

Thank you, Dr. Branca and Dr. Ippolito, for your warm welcome to Spallanzani. It is a pleasure to be here today to celebrate the efforts of your team in addressing the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you also to Minister Speranza and President Zingaretti for the profound dedication and hard work you have employed to manage an …

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Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Recovery

Today, Vice President Mike Pence led a discussion with the chief executives of approximately 50 States, territories, and the city of Washington, DC, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to discuss local, State, and Federal COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, and America’s reopening.

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Sustaining U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Leadership in Response to COVID-19

The United States has been, and continues to be, the undisputed leader in global foreign assistance, and our leadership in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues that record of generosity. Today, we’re providing approximately $93 million in new humanitarian assistance to bolster our ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation inflicted …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, June 18, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  On June 11, the Italian government released a decree that introduces updated health measures including travel restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.  Please visit the website of the Italian Ministry …

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Navy Donates Equipment, Supplies, to Aid Italian Recovery

In coordination with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA) Humanitarian Assistance Program and the U.S. Mission to Italy, the U.S. Navy provided the first of three donations of medical equipment and supplies to local Italian communities. A new ultrasound machine was donated to the City of Gaeta adding a new lifesaving capability to combat the …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The United States continues to lead the global effort to respond to and end the COVID-19 pandemic. Building upon decades of investment in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance, the American people should be proud of the real results we are achieving through our help to nations around the world, which also helps protect the homeland. …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Hong Kong

We, the Foreign Ministers of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union underscore our grave concern regarding China’s decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong. China’s decision is not in conformity with the Hong Kong Basic Law and its international …

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Briefing With Ambassador Philip T. Reeker On Readout From U.S.-EU Foreign Affairs Council Discussion

One of the great accomplishments for me and my team was being able to do this engagement with Secretary Pompeo with the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Union, something we’ve been trying to do for quite a while – for about a year – certainly since I came on board.  Of course, ideally we …

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Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19

Today, Vice President Mike Pence led a discussion with the chief executives of approximately 50 States, territories, and the city of Washington, DC, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to update our Nation’s governors on local, State, and Federal COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, and America’s reopening, with a focus on supporting America’s small …

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Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

First Lady Melania Trump is excited to announce Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, an exhibit honoring the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. The exhibit will launch this August and will showcase artwork by young Americans depicting this historic milestone. …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, June 12, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Rome, Consulates General in Milan, Naples and Florence, and Consular Agencies in Venice, Palermo and Genoa will resume limited regular passport processing on June 17.  Please note that although some passport processing centers in the United States have resumed operations, customers may still encounter significant delays in receiving their passports.  Travelers with an immediate travel …

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Statement from Ambassador Eisenberg

Yesterday the world watched in sorrow as the friends, family, and associates of George Floyd gathered in Minneapolis to commemorate his life. Although our laws provide protections against racial discrimination, it is clear much work remains to be done. The moment calls for us to renew our commitment to combating racism and intolerance and to …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, June 3, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  Although passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19, travelers with an immediate travel need and a confirmed flight to the United States may …

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Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Recovery

Today, Vice President Mike Pence led a discussion with the chief executives of approximately 50 States, territories, and the city of Washington, DC, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to update our Nation’s governors on local, State, and Federal COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. To open up the meeting, Chaplain of the United States …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American people have given more than $10 billion that will benefit the global COVID-19 response, and we continue to ensure that the substantial U.S. funding and scientific efforts on …

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Statement by the President

All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd.  My administration is fully committed that, for George and his family, justice will be served.  He will not have died in vain.  But we cannot allow the righteous cries and peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob.  The …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, May 27, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  Although passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19, travelers with an immediate travel need and a confirmed flight to the United States may …

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Keeping the World Safe from Iran’s Nuclear Program

Today, I am announcing the end of the sanctions waiver covering all remaining JCPOA-originating nuclear projects in Iran – the Arak reactor conversion, the provision of enriched uranium for the Tehran Research Reactor, and the export of Iran’s spent and scrap research reactor fuel. The sanctions waiver covering these activities will end following a final, …

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Remarks by President Trump at a Memorial Day Ceremony

THE PRESIDENT:  I stand before you at this noble fortress of American liberty to pay tribute to the immortal souls who fought and died to keep us free.  Earlier today, the First Lady and I laid a wreath in their sacred honor at Arlington National Cemetery.  Now we come together to salute the flag they …

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Ambassador Eisenberg Commemorated Giovanni Falcone

I am truly honored to be with you virtually on this important day to remember and commemorate the achievements of one of Italy’s prominent citizens. This year the United States is also honoring Judge Falcone as one of the premiere alumni of its International Visitor Leadership Program, for his collaboration with U.S. authorities and the …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Di Maio discussed the importance of coordination and cooperation as we begin to re-open our societies and restart the global economy. Secretary Pompeo highlighted the strength of the U.S.-Italy friendship and his admiration for the …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, May 20, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  Although passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19, travelers with an immediate travel need and a confirmed flight to the United States may …

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Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Through the generosity of the American people, our foreign assistance is saving lives and helping to mitigate economic devastation around the …

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Readout from the State and Local Stakeholder Call on COVID-19 Response

Today, First Lady Melania Trump joined a call with approximately 3,000 state, local, and tribal officials, along with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and other federal officials, to continue the dialogue on the Administration’s response to COVID-19. Discussion topics included implementation of the CARES Act, updates from the White House Coronavirus Task …

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COVID-19 Information

Updated on May 19, 2020 Please see: Alert and Messages webpage The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Reconsider travel to Italy due to a recent outbreak of COVID-19 Level 4 – Do Not Travel to: Lombardy and Veneto due to the level of community transmission of the virus and …

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Remarks by President Trump in Cabinet Meeting, May 19, 2020

Thank you very much, everybody.  Please.  So, welcome to our Cabinet meeting.  And every member of my Cabinet is working tirelessly to defeat the invisible enemy.  That should have never happened to our country.  It should have never happened to the world.  It’s a disgrace.  It could have been stopped at the source, but they …

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Readout from the Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Ensuring the Well-Being of All Americans

Today, First Lady Melania Trump joined President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in a discussion with approximately 50 of our Nation’s governors and, at the request of the First Lady, their spouses. Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., and the White House Coronavirus Task Force also joined to discuss best practices and …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, May 14, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  Although passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19, travelers with an immediate travel need and a confirmed flight to the United States …

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Another Concrete Example of Allied Solidarity in the Effort against Covid19, May 13, 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, assisted the Italian government in transporting medical and other relief supplies between supply hubs in Milan and Rome, Italy, May 13. The mission is the first in a planned series of U.S. Air Forces in …

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DAI Request for Proposals – RFP INVEST-044 Italy ESF Part 1: Catalytic Contribution, May 12, 2020

This RFP INVEST-044 (Part 1: Catalytic Contribution) is one of two companion RFPs (RFP-044 and RFP-045). Offerors may apply to either or both RFPs. Should a firm (or consortium) wish to apply to both RFPs, separate proposals must be submitted for each, responding to the specific evaluation criteria outlined in each RFP. However, submissions made to both RFPs from the same firm …

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DAI Request for Proposals – RFP INVEST-045 Italy ESF Part 2: Technical Assistance, May 12, 2020

This RFP INVEST-045 (Part 2: Technical Assistance) is one of two companion RFPs (RFP-044 and RFP-045). Offerors may apply to either or both RFPs. Should a firm (or consortium) wish to apply to both RFPs, separate proposals must be submitted for each, responding to the specific evaluation criteria outlined in each RFP. However, submissions made to both RFPs from the same firm …

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Transatlantic Cooperation on COVID-19

As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for our collective recovery.  In addition to the …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, May 8, 2020

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is aware of the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. citizens abroad, Service members, and their eligible family members, when voting absentee during the remainder of the 2020 election cycle. FVAP is in communication with state election offices, the Military Postal Service Agency, and other federal agencies to bring you up-to-date information …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, May 6, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Persons who are considering travel to Italy should be aware that they are subject to travel restrictions by the Italian government.  The Italian Foreign Ministry has issued English-language guidance for the latest health decree that went into effect on May 4, …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability

Good morning, everyone.  It’s been 128 days since Chinese doctor Ai Fen – the director of the Wuhan Central Hospital’s emergency unit – shared information on the internet about a patient with a SARS-like virus.  Her colleague, Dr. Li Wenliang, shared Dr. Ai’s report online with medical colleagues. The next day, December 31st, regional health …

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Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance Builds Upon U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response

As we work together to defeat the coronavirus at home, the United States stands with our global partners in their time of need, as we always have. A healthier world means a healthier United States. For more than a half century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian …

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Ambassador Eisenberg on RAI’s Voci dal Mondo

On March 30, President Donald Trump announced a robust assistance package to the beautiful country of Italy worth up to 100 million dollars. The assistance would have two goals:  to help Italy fight the pandemic and to help boost global trade.  As part of the President’s aid package, the United States Agency for International Development, …

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Update: The United States is Continuing to Lead the Response to COVID-19

Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Months into fighting this pandemic at home and abroad, the United States remains the largest single country donor to the response efforts globally, building on decades of leadership in life-saving …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 29, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  Although passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19, travelers with an immediate travel need and a confirmed flight to the United States …

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Deregulation Sparks Dramatic Telehealth Increase During the COVID-19 Response

Encouraging private-sector solutions through targeted deregulation and public-private partnerships is a critical part of the Trump Administration’s COVID-19 response. This approach has successfully expanded testing development, healthcare capacity, and the use of telehealth. Telehealth has grown as the United States continues responding to COVID-19’s challenges, leading to public health benefits.

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Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Industry Executives on COVID-19 Response

Okay, thank you very much.  And I’m honored to be joined by representatives of many great American retail companies, some of the greatest companies anywhere in the world.  And we’re talking today about different things, and — including distribution and medical diagnostics, et cetera.  You’ll see in a second, they’re going to say hello.

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 22, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  Although passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19, travelers with an immediate travel need and a confirmed flight to the United States …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press At a Press Availability, April 22, 2020

Well, good morning, everyone. Happy Ramadan to those of you in time zones where it’s Thursday already. I want to lead off with three commemorations. First, we remember those slain in terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. That was one year ago yesterday. Second, this week the administration honors the annual Holocaust Days …

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With Excess National Supply, Exchanges Will Allow U.S. Hospitals to Continue Meeting Ventilator Demand

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government has worked tirelessly to “bend the curve” and prevent healthcare utilization from exceeding the healthcare system’s capacity. Given ventilators’ life-saving role, it is important that demand stay below supply so that no person who is in need of a ventilator is denied one.

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Request for Information INVEST-005 for Economic Support Fund in response to COVID-19 in Italy, April 20, 2020

Through the INVEST Project, USAID seeks to unlock the potential of the private sector to drive inclusive growth in countries around the world.Increasingly, private investors and businesses are looking to emerging markets for better returns and new market opportunities. However, encouraging private investment and activity in high-impact areas important to USAID such as agriculture, financial …

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Ambassador Eisenberg Interview with Mediaset TV Network, April 20, 2020

Italy and the United States clearly are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.  Our countries have been particularly hard hit and we continue to feel ongoing pain. So I would like to take this opportunity to express my condolences on behalf of President Trump and my American colleagues around the world and friends.  We …

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Ambassador Eisenberg’s video on U.S. corporate contributions to Italy’s fight against COVID-19

In this dark moment, U.S. companies have already donated almost € 30 million to hospitals and institutions fighting #COVID19 in Italy, and there’s more to come. These contributions are a further proof of our incredible, historical friendship. With these words Ambassador Eisenberg expressed himself in a video directed to the Italians. Stressing once again the …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 17, 2020

Passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19.  They are no longer printing non-emergency passports or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad received from overseas U.S. embassies and consulates.  U.S. embassies and consulates are still able to print emergency passports.  If you have an immediate need to travel and have a …

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Online Daily Fanpage Interviews Ambassador Eisenberg, April 16, 2020

Well, we are several weeks to a month behind Italia, and it has been very fierce. Particularly, I have…my children and grandchildren are in the New York and New Jersey area which has been the hardest hit with over half the cases so far in United States, so it is a great concern as it …

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UPDATE: The United States is Continuing to Lead the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic even while we battle the virus at home.  As part of this comprehensive and generous  response from the American people, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have now committed nearly $508 million in …

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President Donald J. Trump Is Beginning the Next Phase In Our Fight Against Coronavirus: Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

“All of American society is engaged and mobilized in the war against the invisible enemy. While we must remain vigilant, it is clear that our aggressive strategy is working.” President Donald J. Trump

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 15, 2020

International commercial flight options currently exist in Italy. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government has no plans to arrange repatriation flights in Italy at this time.

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Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Recovered COVID-19 Patients, April 14, 2020

Well, thank you very much, everybody.  This is a group of people who, in many cases, became quite famous because they went through a lot having to do with the coronavirus.  A tremendous amount.  And a lot of them were covered, and we know them from the media.  They’ve all got very interesting and very …

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Connecting Americans to Coronavirus Information Online, April 15, 2020

While there is no shortage of coronavirus content on the internet, the American people need access to the most up-to-date public health guidance and most relevant information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing facilities in their communities. The White House and key Federal agencies are working alongside Schema.org to help ensure these critical resources surface …

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Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing, April 14, 2020

Thank you very much.  Please.  Very importantly, I’d like to begin by saying that we’ve just reached agreement — the Secretary of Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, with the major airlines, all of our great airlines — to participate in a Payroll Support Program.  This agreement will fully support airline industry workers, preserve the vital role airlines …

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Memorandum on Providing Federal Support for Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19

It is the policy of the United States to take measures to assist State Governors under the Stafford Act in their responses to all threats and hazards to the American people in their respective States.  Considering the profound and unique public health risks posed by the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the …

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Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Healthcare Executives, April 14, 2020

Well, thank you very much.  And I want to welcome many of our nation’s top hospital CEOs to the White House.  It’s an honor to have you.  Friends of mine for a long time, in many cases.  We’re glad to be joined by Vice President Pence, who’s in the other room — he’ll be coming …

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U.S. Assistance to Italy

During these difficult times, the United States is working in solidarity with our partners and Allies to provide humanitarian assistance to countries in need and to take all possible measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.  Italy, one of our closest Allies and friends, has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, and …

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Memorandum on Providing COVID-19 Assistance to the Italian Republic

The Italian Republic (Italy), one of our closest and oldest Allies, is being ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already claimed more than 18,000 lives, brought much of the Italian healthcare system to the brink of collapse, and threatens to push Italy’s economy into a deep recession.  The Government of Italy has requested United …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 10, 2020

The Italian government has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. Please review and follow the health decrees issued by the Government of Italy, including the need for social distancing, restrictions on movement outdoors, and the requirement to carry a self-certification document along with proper identification.

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 9, 2020

Passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19.  They are no longer printing non-emergency passports or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad received from overseas U.S. embassies and consulates.  U.S. embassies and consulates are still able to print emergency passports.  If you have an immediate need to travel and have a …

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Presidential Message on World Health Day, 2020

Public health plays a critical role in building strong, prosperous, and free societies around the world.  Today, as our Nation and entire global community continue to combat the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, we reaffirm our commitment to do our part to stop the spread of this virus, care for the sick, and protect …

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