Remarks by President Biden at the Inaugural Ceremony of the Ninth Summit of the Americas

June 8, 2022 THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Please be seated. Welcome to Los Angeles. (Applause.) And I probably should stop right here because I’ve followed some difficult acts in the past. AUDIENCE MEMBER: No fossil fuels! No! No fossil fuels! THE PRESIDENT: (Laughs.) (Applause.) I followed some difficult acts, but never before have I followed ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken Panel Discussion at the Media Summit of Americas Session: “A Commitment to Journalistic Freedom”

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thank you very much. Well, good evening, everyone, and it is wonderful to be in Los Angeles, and particularly wonderful to be here in this extraordinary building. And I want to start by saying thank you, thank you, thank you to Arizona State’s Cronkite School of Journalism, to USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism, ... Read More»

OAS Suspends Russia’s Status as Permanent Observer

Remarks by Bradley A. Freden Interim U.S. Permanent Representative April 21, 2022 Thank you, Madam Chair. Let me start by recognizing Antigua and Barbuda’s and Guatemala’s leadership on this resolution, and all others who co-sponsored this resolution. The impact of the Kremlin’s unprovoked and exceptionally-brutal war against Ukraine is clear. Thousands of civilians killed, more ... Read More»

OAS Adopts Resolution on Nicaragua Invoking the Democratic Charter

Remarks by Bradley A. Freden Interim Permanent Representative of the United States December 8, 2021 Thank you, Chair.  We would like to thank all the OAS delegations that voted in favor of this resolution today.  The United States believes this resolution sets a clear path for Nicaragua to return to democracy and respect for human rights.    While the United States regrets that Nicaragua took steps to withdraw from the OAS, member states must remain engaged and do all we can to uphold our collective commitments under the Inter American Democratic Charter.  In fact, Nicaragua must still meet its commitments under the Charter despite its recent efforts to withdraw.   The region and the international community must continue to stand together with the Nicaraguan people in support of their right to freely choose their representatives.    Nicaragua joined the Charter twenty years ago, through which we all resolved that the peoples of the Americas  have a right to democracy, and their governments, including the Nicaraguan government, have an obligation ... Read More»
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