2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month

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

Italian Republic National Day

The United States and Italy are strong partners, Allies, and friends. Throughout America’s history, Italian-Americans have enriched our communities by sharing their cultural heritage. This deep and enduring friendship, founded on mutual respect, trust, and affection is not one we take for granted. Rather, it is one we rekindle and strengthen every time we come ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on World Press Freedom Day

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

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Availability Share

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

Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability

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

Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

We also had telephone conversations since that time, and as we’ve often agreed, our lines of communication shall always remain open. Our meeting today comes at an important moment in the relationship so that we can further clarify areas of common objectives, areas of common interest, even when our tactical approaches may be different, and ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers Stand United to Face Pressing International Challenges

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

Secretary Tillerson: United States Will Stand Up to Those Who Commit Crimes Against ‘Innocents’

Today, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended a ceremony at the Sant'Anna di Stazzema memorial in Italy, which is dedicated to the victims of the massacre committed in the village by the Nazis in 1944 during World War II. At the wreath laying ceremony at Sant’Anna Secretary Tillerson stated, “We remember the events of ... Read More»

Interview with Secretary of State Tillerson on Situation in Syria

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

Secretary of State Tillerson To Travel to Lucca and Moscow

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Lucca, Italy, April 9-11 to attend the G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting provides a venue for the foreign ministers to discuss global political and security issues of mutual concern. Their discussions will set the stage for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit which President ... Read More»
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