U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will deliver remarks at George Mason University on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Secretary Tillerson’s remarks will outline the United States’ relationship with Africa and the U.S. government’s desire to strengthen ties with African partners through greater security, trade and investment, and good governance.Secretary Tillerson to Deliver Remarks at George Mason University
On March 1, undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexican law enforcement on a tourist ferry that operates between Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Also on March 1, we issued a security alert informing U.S. citizens that U.S. government personnel are prohibited from using tourist ferries on this route until further notice. On February 21, an explosion on a tourist ferry that operates between Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Mexico, injured 27 people, including several U.S. citizens. We urge all travelers to review our information on https://travel.state.gov before they travel. We will continue to provide safety and security updates as they become available.Security Alert - U. S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (March 1, 2018) | U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico
Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico Event: On March 1, undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexican law enforcement on a tourist ferry that operates between Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Mexico. On February 21, an explosive device detonated on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen resulting in injuries, including to U.S. citizens. U.S. Government employees are prohibited ...
In Santiago, #Chile today Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon met with President Michelle Bachelet and Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz to discuss the United States’ strong partnership with Chile on bilateral and regional efforts to advance security, prosperity, and democratic governance.
Chile is the last stop on his trip, during which he also visited #Ecuador and #Colombia over the last week. Throughout this trip, the Under Secretary underscored long-standing U.S. support for bilateral priorities and reaffirmed U.S. engagement to promote a safe, prosperous, and democratic hemisphere.
This week, the State Department hosted an International Conference on Mobilizing Law Enforcement Efforts to Defeat ISIS. In coordination with INTERPOL and the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, we welcomed about 90 countries and organizations to Washington to address this critical issue. As we defeat ISIS on the battlefield, the group is adapting to our success. The fight is by no means over -- it’s simply moving to a new phase: from military solutions to law enforcement efforts.The International Conference on Mobilizing Law Enforcement Efforts To Defeat ISIS: Addressing the Next Stage of the Threat
This week (February 27-28), the State Department hosted an International Conference on Mobilizing Law Enforcement Efforts to Defeat ISIS.
The U.S. Embassy in Havana has operated under ordered departure status since September 29, 2017, due to health attacks affecting U.S. Embassy Havana employees. It will reach the maximum allowable days in departure status on March 4.
On Monday, March 5, a new permanent staffing plan will take effect. The embassy will continue to operate with the minimum personnel necessary to perform core diplomatic and consular functions, similar to the level of emergency staffing maintained during ordered departure. The embassy will operate as an unaccompanied post, defined as a post at which no family members are permitted to reside.
We still do not have definitive answers on the source or cause of the attacks, and an investigation into the attacks is ongoing. The health, safety, and well-being of U.S. government personnel and family members are of the greatest concern for Secretary Tillerson and were a key factor in the decision to reduce the number of personnel assigned to Havana.
Global issues are increasingly interconnected and cross-cutting, with both political and military aspects, making it more important than ever to have an agile, adaptable approach to foreign policy that can quickly adjust to changing circumstances.
The POLAD and MILAD exchange programs have been in operation for over fifty years, and have grown from only a handful of individual exchanges to almost 200 State and Defense positions combined. Those individuals who are fortunate enough to be selected are on the frontline of interagency collaboration, advancing U.S. national security interests on a daily basis.
Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xnzaY
In a world with increasingly complex political and security challenges, bridging the gap between diplomacy and defense is more vital than ever to U.S. foreign policy. Serving as a U.S.
President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2018 as Women’s History Month
Our history is rich with amazing stories of strong, courageous, and brilliant women. Since America’s founding, women have played an integral part in American innovation and productivity, while simultaneously raising generations of lively children and providing leadership in their local communities.
Time and time again, women have demonstrated resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges. America’s women have readily tackled the disruptive forces and demands of wartime and embraced the technological and industrial advancements of the past 250 years. We have seen the incredible fortitude of women like Mary Katherine Goddard, who, in 1775, served as postmaster of the Baltimore post office and printed the second copy of the then-treasonous Declaration of Independence. We have followed the exceptional leadership of women like Olive Ann Beech, the first female head of a major aircraft company, which produced thousands of aircraft for the Allied effort during World War II. And, we have been transformed by women like Marva Collins, who was working as a full-time substitute teacher in Chicago when she founded a low-cost private school for low-income children being left behind by public schools.
We can find similar stories throughout women’s endeavors today. Women are leaders in a range of fields, from business and medicine to government and the arts. And, my Administration is committed to creating conditions that empower women to achieve even more. Access to paid family leave and affordable, high-quality childcare can help enhance women’s ability to participate in the labor force and improve the economic security of their families. The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides new tax credits to businesses that offer paid family and medical leave to their employees. This landmark legislation also gives qualifying American families with children a significantly larger child tax credit and ensures that more families will be eligible to take advantage of this credit. When we support family-friendly policies, women have more freedom to explore opportunities and to thrive at work and at home.
My Administration is also supporting policies that promote women’s economic empowerment. This is critical, as women now make up 40 percent of the entrepreneurs in the United States. Women business owners employ more than 8 million workers and provide them with more than $264 billion in wages and salaries. Just in the first year of my Administration, the Small Business Administration has increased lending to women-owned businesses by $128 million. We will also continue promoting the next generation of women leaders through mentoring, training, and education initiatives.
Through these and other efforts, we will support women throughout our society, recognizing that the successes of women strengthen our families, our economy, and our Nation. As we reflect on the role of women throughout American history, we remember that women must always have access to all the opportunities that our Nation has to offer. Indeed, ensuring access to these opportunities is vital to our Nation’s prosperity.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2018 as Women’s History Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month and to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018, with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
Our history is rich with amazing stories of strong, courageous, and brilliant women. Since America’s founding, women have played an integral part in American innovation and productivity, while simultaneously raising generations of lively children and providing leadership in their local communities. Time and time again, women have demonstrated resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges. America’s …
How We Will Win the War on Opioids
The numbers around drug addiction in America are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2016 alone—more than three times the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in 1999. In 2016, an estimated 20.1 million Americans, or about 1 in 13 people aged 12 or older, had a substance use disorder.
For President Donald J. Trump, addiction is more than just a policy issue. https://go.usa.gov/xnthN
For President Donald J. Trump, addiction is more than just a policy issue.
Today, a memorial service was held in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in honor of Reverend Billy Graham. President Trump delivered remarks and reflected on the legacy of Rev. Graham, who touched millions of people around the world.
The President said, "Today, in the center of this great chamber lies legendary Billy Graham, an ambassador for Christ who reminded the world of the power of prayer and the gift of God’s grace."
Read his remarks: https://go.usa.gov/xntps
Former Department intern and #HBCU graduate, U.S. Department of State - Careers recruiter Debbie Faltz emphasizes the importance of public service as she works to ensure the State Department reflects America in all of its diversity. https://go.usa.gov/xntry #BlackHistoryMonthI Am Diplomacy, I Am America: My Journey From Intern to Recruiter
As a native Washingtonian, educated in the DC public school system, an African American woman, and a graduate of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), I am honored to serve today as one of the
The premier of the movie Black Panther helped the U.S. Embassy in Lomé, Togo launch a new comic book with a super hero that fights human trafficking!
The U.S. Embassy in Togo was honored to be able to bring the movie Black Panther to a theater in Lomé.
What are the different types of terrorism designations for groups and individuals?
There are two main authorities for terrorism designations of groups and individuals. Groups can be designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, a wider range of entities, including terrorist groups, individuals acting as part of a terrorist organization, and other entities such as financiers and front companies, can be designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).
Learn more about terrorism designations: https://go.usa.gov/xnt2T
State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert holds a conversation with Acting Director of the U.S. Diplomacy Center Olive Sampson and the Center’s Public Historian Alison Mann about the future museum and educational center devoted to telling the story of American Diplomacy. In recognition of Black History Month, they also discussed Ebenezer Bassett, the country’s first African American diplomat, and Frederick Douglass on the occasion of his bicentennial.
The Department of State is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Department of Defense. We have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to transfer $40 million from the Department of Defense to the Department of State’s Global Engagement Center (GEC) in Fiscal Year 2018 for initiatives to counter propaganda and disinformation from foreign nations.
Around the world, the United Nations deploys nearly 100,000 uniformed peacekeepers to help stabilize conflict-affected countries, maintain peace and security, and protect civilians. UN policies require all personnel, including peacekeepers, to uphold the highest standards of conduct, professionalism, and accountability. While the vast majority of men and women serving as peacekeepers do so with honor and integrity, acts of misconduct still occur, including incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse against the very people peacekeepers are deployed to protect.
The United States is committed to supporting the UN’s zero-tolerance policy against sexual exploitation and abuse. Recently, the United States and the UN jointly conducted the first-ever training course for National Investigation Officers (NIOs) at the UN Training of Trainers Center in Entebbe, Uganda. This interactive course, sponsored through the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), an effort managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, provided training for 26 officers from 11 African partner countries. With an emphasis on accountability for sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers, the training familiarized participants with processes, procedures, and techniques to improve the effectiveness of conduct and discipline investigations in UN peacekeeping.
Around the world, the United Nations deploys nearly 100,000 uniformed peacekeepers to help stabilize conflict-affected countries, maintain peace and security, and protect civilians.
President Donald J. Trump’s Administration is committed to achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The United States, our Olympic Host the Republic of Korea, and the international community broadly agree that denuclearization must be the result of any dialogue with North Korea. The maximum pressure campaign must continue until North Korea denuclearizes. As President Trump has said, there is a brighter path available for North Korea if it chooses denuclearization. We will see if Pyongyang’s message today, that it is willing to hold talks, represents the first steps along the path to denuclearization. In the meantime, the United States and the world must continue to make clear that North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are a dead end.
President Donald J. Trump’s Administration is committed to achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The United States, our Olympic Host the Republic of Korea, and the international community broadly agree that denuclearization must be the result of any dialogue with North Korea. The maximum pressure campaign must continue until North …
The 2018 Winter #Olympics conclude today, and we are celebrating #TeamUSA as they joined athletes from around the world to compete in sports such as curling, hockey, ice dance, skiing, and more. The U.S Department of State congratulates the Republic of Korea for its great efforts in hosting these successful Games.Go Team USA! Highlights From the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang
The 2018 Winter Olympics conclude today, and we are celebrating Team USA as they joined athletes from around the world to compete in sports such as curling, hockey, ice dance, skiing, and more.
Persecution, repression, and discrimination are a daily reality for members of religious minority communities in too many countries around the world. Believers and non-believers alike are targeted for violence; their human rights are limited or sometimes entirely restricted. In response, the United States is advocating for the rights of members of religious minority communities, so that they may fully enjoy religious freedom and other related human rights. The National Security Strategy, released in December 2017, emphasized the importance of this effort. The U.S. government is working bilaterally, and in concert with our friends and allies, to push back against persecution targeting religious minorities, to fight against discrimination, and to promote religious freedom for all.U.S. Efforts to Protect Religious Minorities
Persecution, repression, and discrimination are a daily reality for members of religious minority communities in too many countries around the world. In response, the United States is advocating for the rights of members of religious minority communities, so that they may fully enjoy religious freedom and other related human rights.
This week, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan traveled to Europe to affirm the #transatlantic relationship, the United States and #Libya signed a landmark cultural property protection agreement, and the United States announced the largest #DPRK sanctions package to date. Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xneKnThis Week at State: February 23, 2018