OAS Hosts Conference on Human Rights Violations in Cuba

On December 7, 2018, the Organization of American States (OAS) hosted a conference on the human rights situation in Cuba.  The event, held at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., was inaugurated by OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro and included dialogues on the regime’s gross and systematic human rights violations, the criminalization of freedom of expression, ...
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The Nation Honors the Legacy of President George H.W. Bush

PROCLAMATIONS Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush Issued on: December 1, 2018 It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, on November 30, 2018. President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of ...
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Member State Delegation Visits Colombia – Venezuela Border to Assess Crisis

On November 19-20, 2018, seventeen OAS member states sent representatives to participate in a field visit to two sites along the Colombia – Venezuela border: Maicao, in the Rioacha province, and Cucuta in the Norte de Santander province. The OAS Working Group on Venezuela migration also participated with representation from three experts on the situation. ...
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#JailedForWhat? Facebook Live Event Highlights Cuba Human Rights

On November 6, Ambassador Carlos Trujillo, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, interviewed Cuban human rights lawyer, Laritza Diversent, Executive Director of Cubalex during a Facebook Live program to bring attention to human rights violations in Cuba.  The event was part of  the #PresosPorQué / #JailedForWhat? campaign promoted by the State Department’s Bureau ...
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Remarks by National Security Advisor Ambassador John R. Bolton on the Administration’s Policies in Latin America Foreign Policy

Miami Dade College Miami, FL November 2, 2018 Thank you very much. It’s a great pleasure, a great honor, to be here today in Miami, and to be with all of you. I can’t thank Ileana Ros-Lehtinen enough. As she said, we’ve known each other many years. We’ve fought a lot of battles together against ...
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OAS Permanent Council Nicaragua Working Group Issues Statement

Recalling Permanent Council resolutions CP/RES. 1108 (2172/18), adopted on July 18, 2018, CP/RES. 1109 (2175/18), adopted on August 2, 2018, and CP/RES. 1110 (2182/18), adopted on September 12, 2018, Reaffirming that States have the primary responsibility for the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including in the context of assemblies such as ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Regional Migration and Humanitarian Crisis

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 25, 2018 THE VICE PRESIDENT: President Duque, thank you for convening this Ministerial meeting, for your words today, and for working tirelessly both in Colombia, and now on the world stage, to form a comprehensive response to the Venezuelan migration crisis. And not just simply to the ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly | New York, NY

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 25, 2018 10:38 A.M. EDT  THE PRESIDENT: Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates: One year ago, I stood before you for the first time in this grand hall. I addressed the threats facing our world, and I presented a vision to achieve ...
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OAS Adopts Resolution on Nicaragua

Remarks by Ambassador Carlos Trujillo September 12, 2018 Thank you Madam Chair for convening another Special Session of this Council.  Our Organization has a responsibility to remain engaged and respond to the situation in Nicaragua — which has shifted to a campaign of intimidation and threats against the government’s perceived opponents. The efforts of our ...
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U.S. Mission Highlights Efforts to Advance International Religious Freedom

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback OAS Permanent Council September 5, 2018 I would like to begin by extending my thanks to Ambassador Rita María Hernández Bolaños, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica, for calling this meeting and to our U.S. Mission – represented today by Deputy Permanent Representative Alexis Ludwig, for ...
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OAS Permanent Council Holds Special Meeting on Venezuela Migration Crisis

Remarks by Alexis Ludwig Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative September 5, 2018 Thank you Madam Chair, and distinguished presenters. The United States is pleased that the Secretary General, with the support of the Colombian government, has requested the convocation of this important session of the Permanent Council. The United States remains concerned about the struggle Venezuelan ...
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Ambassador Haley Chairs Historic UN Security Council Meeting on Nicaragua

Ambassador Haley Chairs Historic UN Security Council Meeting on Nicaragua The United Nations September 5, 2018  Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, chaired a historic UN Security Council briefing this morning on the situation in Nicaragua. This was the first time the Security Council addressed the deteriorating human rights and security ...
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Joint Communiqué Between the Working Group on Nicaragua and the Secretary General of the OAS on the Situation in Nicaragua

September 1, 2018 The Working Group for Nicaragua of the Permanent Council of the OAS and the Secretary General of the OAS, Commit to cooperate, each within their respective competencies, to bring to bear all relevant components of the Inter American system to advance a consistent and effective approach to achieve an inclusive and useful ...
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OAS Hosts Dialogue on Women’s Economic. Empowerment

Remarks by Ray W. Washburne, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Organization of American States Washington, D.C. August 27, 2018 Thank you Ambassador Trujillo, for inviting OPIC to address this important institution. For more than 70 years, the Organization of American States has served a critical role fostering solidarity and cooperation ...
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OAS Hosts Dialogue on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Remarks by White House Adviser ‎Ivanka Trump Organization of American States Washington , D.C. August 27, 2018 Thank you, Ambassador Trujillo, for that kind introduction – and thank you for your commitment to advancing economic opportunities for women throughout our hemisphere. Secretary General Almagro, and distinguished Ambassadors, it is an honor to speak with you ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Todd Robinson

Remarks by Ambassador Todd Robinson OAS Permanent Council August 2, 2018 Thank you Madam Chair for convening another Special Session of this Council. Our Organization has a responsibility to respond to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Nicaragua. Madam Chair, the situation continues to worsen by the day. This despite the growing international condemnation of the ...
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OAS Condemns Government Sponsored Violence in Nicaragua

Remarks by Ambassador Carlos Trujillo July 18, 2018 Thank you Madam Chair for convening another Special Session of the Council. We have an obligation to respond to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Nicaragua. The situation is worsening day by day. This continues despite the growing international condemnation of the ongoing, government-sanctioned violence and intimidation campaign ...
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Americas Competitiveness Exchange Takes Hemispheric Innovators to Germany and Israel

The U.S. Permanent Mission to the OAS, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Organization of American States congratulates the governments of Germany and Israel for hosting this week’s Ninth Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. ACE runs June 24-29 and brings together decision-makers from throughout the Western Hemisphere and ...
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United States Candidate Elected to CEJA

Ambassador Carlos Trujillo, U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS, congratulates Jenny Willier Murphy of the United States on her election by OAS foreign ministers to the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (CEJA). CEJA is the agency charged by the OAS with assisting OAS member states in their efforts to ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at Organization of American States Reception

June 4, 2018 Eisenhower Executive Office Building 7:55 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you, Deputy Secretary Sullivan.  To Secretary General Almagro, Ambassador Trujillo, and to all the great representatives of freedom-loving nations across the New World: On behalf of the First Family, my wife and I say, welcome to the White House.  (Applause.) ...
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An Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela 

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 21, 2018 The United States condemns the fraudulent election that took place in Venezuela on May 20. This so-called “election” is an attack on constitutional order and an affront to Venezuela’s tradition of democracy. Until the Maduro regime restores a democratic path in Venezuela through ...
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Remarks by Deputy Secretary John Sullivan at the Washington Conference on the Americas

 May 9, 2018 “The United States is committed to being the security partner of choice for the Americas,” said the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan at the  48th Washington Conference on the Americas . The deputy secretary highlighted the importance of U.S. engagement in the hemisphere when it comes to collaborating on issues of security, drug trafficking, ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence During a Protocolary Meeting at the Organization of American States

May 7, 2018 Organization of American States Washington, D.C. 2:05 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Ambassador Gonzalez, Secretary General Almagro, Ambassador Trujillo, permanent representatives, distinguished members of Congress, ambassadors, all of our honored guests, it is my great honor to be here in the House of the Americas to address this session of the Organization ...
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OAS Permanent Council Commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the Organization of American States

Ambassador Carlos Trujillo Remarks OAS Special Meeting of the Permanent Council Commemoration OAS 70th Anniversary April 30, 2018 Thank you, Mr. Chair, and Mr. Secretary General. Today marks an important opportunity for all member states, including my own, to reflect on the founding principles of this Organization set forth in its Charter and the American ...
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Secretary Pompeo Addresses State Department Employees

Remarks Mike Pompeo  Secretary of State John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State Harry S. Truman Building C Street Lobby Washington, DC May 1, 2018  DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you. Thank you, everyone, for being here. It’s a great honor to be here to introduce our new Secretary of State. Before I do so, I wanted ...
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Remarks at a State Luncheon in Honor of French President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Macron

Remarks at a State Luncheon in Honor of French President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Macron Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC April 24, 2018  ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Well, thank you. Good afternoon, everyone. I’m honored to join Vice President Pence in welcoming President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte ...
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Ambassador Trujillo Delivers Inaugural Remarks at the OAS Permanent Council

Ambassador Carlos Trujillo OAS Permanent Council Friday, April 20, 2018  Mr. Chairman, Mr. Secretary General, fellow Permanent Representatives — I am honored to come before the Permanent Council today, for the first time, representing the United States of America here at the Organization of American States. I am grateful to President Trump for placing ...
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Ambassador Trujillo Interview on Facebook Live

On April 20, 2018, Ambassador Trujillo, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), conducted a Facebook Live interview to discuss the OAS and the outcomes of the Eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru.  The session was moderated by Acting Deputy Spokesperson Elizabeth Fitzsimmons.  Ambassador Trujillo comments on U.S. multilateral engagement to address regional ...
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Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico

Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico   FOREIGN POLICY  Issued on: April 15, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence met today with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to discuss issues of importance to the bilateral relationship, particularly strong U.S.-Mexican cooperation on trade, security and immigration issues. The Vice President emphasized the importance of ...
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Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada

Pence’s Meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada   FOREIGN POLICY  Issued on: April 15, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence met today with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada to discuss key issues related to trade, security and democracy in the hemisphere. Both leaders expressed the importance of reaching agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement as soon as possible, ...
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Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia

Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia   FOREIGN POLICY  Issued on: April 15, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence met today with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia to discuss ways to deepen the close friendship and longstanding partnership between the United States and Colombia. Vice President Pence thanked President Santos for recent efforts to curb ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence in Meeting with Venezuelan Opposition Leaders

Remarks by Vice President Pence in Meeting with Venezuelan Opposition Leaders   FOREIGN POLICY  Issued on: April 15, 2018 U.S. Ambassador’s Residence Lima, Peru 4:37 P.M. PET VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  (In progress) — with you to see freedom once again, prosper and thrive, and to end the humanitarian crisis.  It is Venezuela today. The simple truth is that ...
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Acting Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Caribbean Leaders

Acting Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Caribbean Leaders Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 15, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with the Caribbean Heads of Government and Foreign Ministers of The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and St. Lucia on the margins of ...
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Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with President Sebastian Piñera of Chile

Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with President Sebastian Piñera of Chile   FOREIGN POLICY  Issued on: April 15, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence met today with Chilean President Sebastian Piñera to highlight the strong bilateral relationship between the two countries, and to discuss issues of interest including trade, security and strengthening democracy. The leaders roundly condemned the horrific ...
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Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s meeting with President Martín Vizcarra of Peru

Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s meeting with President Martín Vizcarra of Peru   FOREIGN POLICY  Issued on: April 15, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence met today with Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra to discuss the strong partnership between the two countries. Vice President Pence thanked him for hosting the Summit of the Americas in Lima and underscored the need for ...
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Remarks at Funding Initiative for Women’s Empowerment Announcement

Remarks at Funding Initiative for Women’s Empowerment Announcement Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Lima, Peru April 13, 2018 ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Good morning. It’s wonderful to be here in Lima and to participate in the Summit of the Americas. I’m especially honored to join one of the Trump administration’s most passionate advocates for issues ...
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DipNote: Partnering with the Americas for a More Prosperous and Secure Future for the Region

Partnering with the Americas for a More Prosperous and Secure Future for the Region By  Kenneth H. Merten  on April 13, 2018 President Donald J. Trump  proclaimed  April 14, 2018 Pan American Day and April 8 – 14, 2018 Pan American Week. During these commemorations, the President recognized the 128th anniversary of the First International Conference of American States, which concluded 70 ...
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Acting Secretary Sullivan Meets With the Governments of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras 

Acting Secretary Sullivan Meets With the Governments of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 13, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Today, Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray co-hosted a meeting with President Juan Orlando Hernandez of ...
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Remarks on Venezuela Humanitarian Aid

Remarks on Venezuela Humanitarian Aid Remarks Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Francisco Palmieri Chief of Mission Residence Lima, Peru April 13, 2018 Thank you, Mr. Vice President, and good afternoon to everyone. The Department of State is excited to be a part of the international support for Venezuelans who have ...
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Remarks at Funding Initiative for Women’s Empowerment Announcement

Remarks at Funding Initiative for Women’s Empowerment Announcement   Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Lima, Peru April 13, 2018 ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Good morning. It’s wonderful to be here in Lima and to participate in the Summit of the Americas. I’m especially honored to join one of the Trump administration’s most passionate advocates for ...
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Ambassador Trujillo Interview on Marti Noticias

Embajador de EEUU ante OEA: Cuba no tiene derecho a estar presente en esta Cumbre Marti Noticias, Peru  — April 13, 2018 El diplomático cubanoamericano Carlos Trujillo dijo a Martí Noticias que la OEA continuará presionando a nivel internacional hasta que en la isla de gobierno comunista haya un proceso electoral libre y democrático. El embajador ...
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Acting Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Cuban Independent Civil Society

Acting Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Cuban Independent Civil Society Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 12, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and USAID Administrator Green met today with Cuban independent civil society members on the margins of the Summit of the Americas ...
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Pan American Day Proclamation 2018

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims April 14, 2018, as Pan American Day and April 8 through April 14, 2018, as Pan American Week Issued on: April 12, 2018 On Pan American Day and during Pan American Week, we commemorate the 128th anniversary of the First International Conference of American States, which concluded on April 14, 1890, ...
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Ambassador Trujillo Interview on VOA

EEUU aumentaría ayuda a refugiados venezolanos VOA LIMA, Peru  — El embajador de Estados Unidos ante la Organización de Estados Americanos, OEA, Carlos Trujillo, reconoció que la situación de los refugiados venezolanos es una de las prioridades en la Cumbre de las Américas y que su país no descarta ofrecer más ayuda para los que ...
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Ambassador Carlos Trujillo Presents Credentials As U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States

Remarks Ambassador Carlos Trujillo Presentation of Credentials Ceremony Thursday, April 5, 2018 Secretary General Almagro, Mr. Chair of the Permanent Council Ambassador Gonzalez, Assistant Secretary General Mendez, distinguished ambassadors and alternate representatives, members of the Secretariat — I am honored and grateful to be here today with you and deeply humbled by the trust that ...
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Summit of the Americas: Background on U.S. Government Priorities

Summit of the Americas: Background on U.S. Government Priorities The Washington Foreign Press Center Washington, DC March 28, 2018 MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Washington Foreign Press Center. We’re pleased this morning to welcome [Senior State Department Official]. A reminder: This briefing is on background, so he will be referred to for ...
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Guyana Hosts OAS Tourism Ministerial

U.S. Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway led the U.S. delegation to the 24th Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High Authorities of Tourism on March 21-22. Tourism authorities from 26 Western Hemisphere states met in Georgetown, Guyana for this OAS ministerial to exchange best practices in sustainable tourism. Delegates paid special attention to mitigating the impact ...
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OAS Approves Resolution on Venezuela

Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Kevin K. Sullivan Special Session of the OAS Permanent Council Resolution on Venezuela February 23, 2018 Thank you very much Mr. Chair. Just another brief intervention to comment on some of the statements that a number of my colleagues here today have made. The United States is of course ...
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Press Availability With Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Press Availability With Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Kingston, Jamaica February 7, 2018 MODERATOR: (In progress) as well as the U.S. Secretary of State, the Honorable Rex Tillerson. You may be seated. Thank you so much for joining us, everyone, on this working visit of the U.S. Secretary of ...
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Interview With Rich Edson of Fox News

Interview With Rich Edson of Fox News Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State W Hotel Bogota, Colombia February 6, 2018 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, thank you so much for joining us on Fox. SECRETARY TILLERSON: It’s my pleasure, Rich. QUESTION: I’d like to begin with this trip. Minus your Mexico trip early last year, this is your first ...
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Joint Press Availability With Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

Joint Press Availability With Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Bogota, Colombia February 6, 2018 MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Ladies and gentlemen, good evening, welcome. Welcome to the press room at the Palace of Narino. We would like to greet all the TV viewers following our program and over the streaming through ...
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Joint Press Availability With Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

Joint Press Availability With Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Lima, Peru February 6, 2018 MODERATOR: (In progress, via interpreter) with the presidents of – the President of Peru, Mr. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, and Secretary of State of the United States of America Rex Tillerson. We are going to open up ...
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Press Availability With Peruvian Foreign Minister Lucia Cayetana Aljovin Gazzani

Press Availability With Peruvian Foreign Minister Lucia Cayetana Aljovin Gazzani Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lima, Peru February 5, 2018 MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Good afternoon (inaudible) declaration of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru Cayetana Aljovin.FOREIGN MINISTER ALJOVIN: (Via interpreter) Welcome, press. Thank you for being here with us today. I ...
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Press Availability With Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie

Press Availability With Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Buenos Aires, Argentina February 4, 2018 FOREIGN MINISTER FAURIE: (Via interpreter) Good afternoon. Thank you for making the effort on this Sunday afternoon, on such a fine day. We were just chatting with Rex about the spectacular summer sky we’ve got ...
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Joint Press Availability With Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland

Joint Press Availability With Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Mexico City, Mexico February 2, 2018   MODERATOR: (In progress) (Via interpreter) everybody and welcome to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We thank you for being here for the meeting of the Ministries of ...
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Secretary Tillerson Delivers Address on U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere

U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas February 1, 2018 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, thank you so much. And thank you, Greg, for that very kind, warm introduction, inviting me back home today. And I want to thank those at the Clements Center ...
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Background Briefing on the Secretary’s Travel to the Region

Background Briefing on the Secretary’s Travel to Austin, Texas; Mexico City, Mexico; San Carlos Bariloche, Argentina; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; Bogota, Colombia; and Kingston, Jamaica   Special Briefing Senior State Department Officials Via Teleconference January 29, 2018 MODERATOR: Thank you so much. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us for today’s background ...
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Secretary Tillerson to Travel to the Region

Secretary Tillerson To Travel to Austin, Mexico City, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogotá, and Kingston Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 26, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Austin, Texas, and then to Mexico City, Mexico; Bariloche and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Perú; Bogotá, Colombia; and Kingston, Jamaica ...
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Christmas at The White House 2017

Christmas at the White House 2017 December 12, 2017 The First Family will celebrated their first Christmas in the White House with a nod to tradition.  This year’s theme, “Time-Honored Traditions” was designed by First Lady Melania Trump to pay respect to 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. In the East Wing, ...
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LGBTI Core Group Welcomes Appointment of UN Expert on Protection Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The OAS LGTBI Core Group and the OAS Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity hosted a celebration of Human Rights Day on December 11, 2017 at the OAS, organized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Human Rights First.  The event honored advocates and allies in the global equality movement: Tatiana Vinnichenko, Chair, Russian ...
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OAS Permanent Council Addresses Violence against Women in the Americas

On December 6, 2017, the OAS Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) held a special meeting at OAS headquarters in Washington DC, on the subject “Addressing Violence against Women in the Americas.”  Acting United States Deputy Chief of Mission Genevieve Libonati addressed the gathering on behalf of the delegation of the United States. ...
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Eighth Americas Competitiveness Exchange

Americas Competitiveness Exchange:  Senior Officials and Entrepreneurs from Across the Western Hemisphere to Visit Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hubs in Central and Northern Florida.  Pictured here, the group visits NASA’S Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida (December 5, 2017).  The U.S. Permanent Mission to the OAS, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International ...
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Municipal Elections in Nicaragua

Municipal Elections in Nicaragua   Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 8, 2017 The United States is concerned by persistent flaws in the Nicaraguan democratic process, as illustrated by the November 5 municipal elections. Although voting itself was calm, we condemn the post-electoral violence, lament the loss of life, and call for ...
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Bringing the 2023 World’s Fair back to the Americas

On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Permanent Mission hosted a presentation at the OAS Permanent Council in support of the United States’ bid to host the 2023 World’s Fair.  The presentation included the participation of Matthew Asada, the State Department’s Expo Officer, and Mark Ritchie, President and CEO of the Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee. On October ...
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Gubernatorial Elections in Venezuela

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 16, 2017 the United States applauds the courage, determination, and will of the Venezuelan people who tried to exercise their constitutional right to vote in the October 15, gubernatorial elections. We condemn the lack of free and fair elections yesterday in Venezuela. The voice of the ...
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Secretary Tillerson Meets with OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro

Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With OAS Secretary General Almagro Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 13, 2017 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Tillerson hosted Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro today at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. The two leaders underscored the ...
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OAS – Honduras Host MISPA Ministerial

 OAS and Honduran Government Bring Together Public Security Authorities of the Hemisphere in San Pedro Sula October 11, 2017 The Sixth Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA VI), was held within the framework of the Organization of American States (OAS), in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on October 10 – 11, ...
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Hispanic Heritage Month

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, left, and first lady Melania Trump, center, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a Hispanic Heritage Month event in the East Room of the White House, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 13, 2017 National Hispanic Heritage Month, ...
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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

The American flag is at half-staff at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. President Donald Trump ordered that flags be lowered at all government buildings to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release October ...
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U.S. Government Announces Contribution to REMJA

Interim U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS Kevin K. Sullivan (center) and Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel Foote from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) (left) are joined by OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro in a ceremony to announce a U.S. government contribution to OAS REMJA for continued programming of cybercrime training workshops.  ...
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DipNote: Secretary Tillerson Hosts Community of Democracy Ministerial

Standing Up for Democracy: The 2017 Community of Democracies Ministerial By  Virginia Bennett  on September 14, 2017 On September 15th, the  International Day of Democracy , Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host the Community of Democracies (CoD) Governing Council Ministerial meeting in Washington D.C. The Secretary has invited the foreign ministers of the 30 Governing Council member countries. Representatives of ...
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Remembering 9/11

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 11, 2017 Remarks by President Trump at the 9/11 Memorial Observance   The Pentagon Arlington, Virginia 9:49 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, General.  Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. I want to thank you, Secretary Mattis, General Dunford, members of the ...
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Vice President Pence in Panama

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, right, and Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela shake hands at the end of the Vice President’s visit at the presidential palace in Panama City, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Panama is the Vice President’s last stop during his week-long tour of Latin America.  The last stop of Vice President Mike Pence’s Latin ...
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Vice President Pence in South America: Chile

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence chats with Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet during a meeting at a La Moneda government palace in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. The Vice President is on an official visit to Chile until Thursday, when he will be heading to Panama on a week-long visit to Latin America. (AP Photo/Esteban ...
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Vice President Pence in South America: Argentina

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, right, and Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri attend a press conference at the government residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, August 15, 2017. (White House Photo) In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Vice President Mike Pence visited the Metropolitan Cathedral to lay a wreath at General San Martin’s tomb and visit their memorial to ...
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Vice President Pence in South America: Colombia

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, right, and Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos shake hands at the start of a meeting at the presidential guesthouse in Cartagena, Colombia, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. Cartagena is the first stop of the Vice President’s weeklong trip to Latin America, that will also take him to Argentina, Chile and Panama. ...
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Treasury Sanctions the President of Venezuela

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, standing with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, right, calls on a reporter at the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 31, 2017, after announcing Venezuela sanctions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Center 7/31/2017 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s ...
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Defending Democracy in Venezuela

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 30, 2017 The United States condemns the elections imposed on July 30 for the National Constituent Assembly, which is designed to replace the legitimately elected National Assembly and undermine the Venezuelan people’s right to self-determination. The United States stands by the people of Venezuela, and their ...
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OAS Member States Issue Joint Declaration on Venezuela

Opposition lawmakers are attacked by pro-government militias who are trying to force their way into the National Assembly during a special session coinciding with Venezuela’s independence day, in Caracas, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. At least five lawmakers were injured in the attack. Despite the violence, lawmakers later approved a plan by the opposition to hold ...
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OAS Permanent Council Addresses the Crisis in Venezuela

Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Kevin K. Sullivan OAS Permanent Council July 26, 2017 Mr. Chairman, my delegation would like to begin this afternoon by thanking you for including this topic on the agenda of today’s Council meeting.  The situation in Venezuela could not be more timely or relevant for this Council’s consideration. Over ...
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OAS Hosts Representatives from the Caribbean Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

Kevin K. Sullivan, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States to the OAS addresses the gathering.  (OAS Photo) On July 17 – 21, the Organization of American States (OAS) hosted representatives from the Caribbean Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) initiative in San Antonio, Texas and Washington, DC. The SBDC program was established to create sustainable ...
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Statement of OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro to U.S. Senate Hearing on Venezuela

Statement of OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro to U.S. Senate Hearing on Venezuela   Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues July 19, 2017 Senator Rubio, Senator Menendez, members of the subcommittee, Thank you for this opportunity to be with you today as ...
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DipNote: Deputy Secretary Sullivan Leads U.S. Delegation at OAS General Assembly in Cancun

Deputy Secretary Sullivan Leads U.S. Delegation at OAS General Assembly in Cancun By DipNote Bloggers on June 20, 2017 Today, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan led the U.S. delegation at the 47th Regular Session of the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico. In his remarks to 33 heads of delegation from Latin America, the ...
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Briefing on U.S. Participation in the General Assembly of the OAS

Kevin K. Sullivan, U.S. Interim Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States and Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Andean, Brazilian, and Southern Cone Affairs held a special press briefing from the OAS General Assembly meeting in Cancun, Mexico on June 19, 2017.  The OAS General Assembly is taking place under theme “Strengthening Dialogue ...
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Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon Addresses OAS Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs

Remarks by Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon at OAS Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the Situation in Venezuela May 31, 2017 Washington, D.C. UNDER SECRETARY SHANNON:  Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  To you, sir, to the Secretary General and to all my colleagues, I extend my respect and gratitude for your presence here ...
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Background Briefing: Senior State Department Officials on the OAS Meeting on Venezuela

Background Briefing: Senior State Department Officials on the OAS Meeting on Venezuela   Special Briefing Senior State Department Officials Via Teleconference May 30, 2017   MODERATOR: Thanks very much, and thanks to everyone who has joined us this afternoon for our background call on Venezuela. I’ll first introduce our speakers and then restate the ground ...
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OAS LGBTI Core Group Statement: International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

On May 17, 2017, the members of the Organization of American States (OAS) LGBTI Core Group joined other governments and civil society organizations from around the world to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). The OAS LGBTI Core Group includes Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, the United States and Uruguay. ...
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USOAS Hosts Reception in honor of U.S. IACHR Candidate Douglass Cassel

Notre Dame Professor Douglass Cassel, U.S. candidate to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), addresses the gathering hosted by the U.S. Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS) after his introduction by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Kevin Sullivan.   Remarks by Interim Permanent Representative Sullivan The Embassy Row Hotel, Washington, D.C. May ...
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DipNote: Texas Means Business: My Time at the 7th Americas Competitiveness Exchange

Texas Means Business: My Time at the 7th Americas Competitiveness Exchange   By Thomas Debass on April 28, 2017 This month, I had the privilege of traveling to Central Texas for the 7th Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE VII) , an intergovernmental initiative between the Department of State, Department of Commerce, Organization of American States, and others. The Exchange expands commercial ties in the ...
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OAS Permanent Council Agrees to Convene a Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs

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Special Session of the Permanent Council Addresses the Situation in Venezuela

On March 28, 2017, the OAS held a special session of the Permanent Council to address the situation in Venezuela.  Speaking on behalf of the U.S. Permanent Mission, Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael J. Fitzpatrick stated:  “This meeting is happening today because of the constructive spirit of a majority of member states that seeks to identify ...
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OAS Observes Elections in the United States

On November 9, 2016, the OAS electoral observation mission to the 2016 elections in the United States released its preliminary report highlighting the institutional strength of the U.S. system and the legacy of democracy and freedom.  Former President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla, who served as Chief of Mission, delivered the report at a press ...
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OAS Commemorates International Day of Democracy 2016

On September 21, 2016, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States Kevin K. Sullivan addressed the Permanent Council marking International Day of Democracy 2016. Mr. Chairman, I am pleased to take the floor — along with the governments of Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Peru, Jamaica, and Guatemala — in recognition of the International Day of Democracy which ...
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Joint Communique on the Situation in Venezuela

On August 11, 2016, 15 OAS member states issued a joint statement on recent developments in Venezuela, including Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the U.S. and Uruguay. I would like to refer to today’s joint statement by fifteen OAS member states on recent developments in Venezuela. ...
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Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Kevin K. Sullivan Delivers Inaugural Remarks at the OAS

Kevin K. Sullivan, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States (OAS), delivered inaugural remarks at a meeting of the Permanent Council, July 13, 2016. Mr. Chairman, distinguished members of the Council, Permanent Observers, Mr. Secretary General, Mr. Assistant Secretary General, OAS staff, and friends: I would like to briefly ...
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Interim Permanent Representative Fitzpatrick Bids Farewell

Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States (OAS), bid farewell to the OAS in an address to the Permanent Council, June 29, 2016. Mr. President of the Permanent Council, Embajador Juan Jose Arcuri Mr. Secretary General, Luis Almagro Mr. Assistant Secretary General, Nestor Mendez Ambassadors of ...
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Permanent Council Addresses IACHR Financial Situation

Genevieve Libonati, Political Counselor for the U.S. Permanent Mission to the OAS, addressed a session of the Permanent Council on the budgetary situation affecting the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), May 25, 2016. Thank you, Chair.  I would like to thank President of the Commission Cavallaro and the delegation from the Inter-American Commission on ...
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OAS Marks International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

Michael G. Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor addressed an OAS Permanent Council session commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on May 18, 2016. Mr. Chairman, Mr. Secretary General, representatives of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and distinguished Permanent Representatives, I am Mike Kozak, ...
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Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council on the Situation in Venezuela

Remarks by Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States (OAS), May 5, 2016. Thank you Mr. Chairman, good afternoon to one and all, esteemed ministers, Secretary General, permanent representatives and delegates: Muy buenas tardes a todas y a todos. First, let me extend a special welcome ...
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Permanent Council Receives Report of OAS Special Mission to Haiti

On February 12, 2016, the OAS Permanent Council met to receive the report of the OAS Special Mission to Haiti presented by Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders, Chair of the Permanent Council. USOAS Political Counselor Genevieve Libonati delivered remarks. Thank you, Mr. Chair.   My delegation takes this opportunity to thank the Chair for his excellent report ...
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Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick on the Situation in Haiti

On January 27, 2016, a special session of the Permanent Council met to assess the situation in Haiti and agreed to the Haitian government’s request to send a Special Mission in accordance with Articles 17 and 18 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. Thank you Mr. President.  The United States welcomes Secretary General Almagro’s request for ...
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Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick Marking Human Rights Day

On December 10, 2015, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick addressed a Special Session of the OAS Permanent Council in commemoration of Human Rights Day. Madame Chair, Mr. Secretary General, Mr. Assistant Secretary General, invitados especiales, colegas.  No se preocupen; porque no les voy a cantar! Madame Chair, I am pleased to take the ...
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Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick on Social Charter Presentation

On November 24, 2015, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick addressed the OAS Permanent Council following a presentation by the Venezuelan government’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Jorge Valero. Mr. Chairman, Secretary General Almagro, Assistant Secretary General Mendez, Ambassador Valero, Secretary Salvatti, Our dear colleague, Ambassador Lira of Chile, Chair of CIDI, ...
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Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick on U.S.-Caribbean Energy Cooperation

On November 19, 2015, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick addressed the OAS Permanent Council following a presentation by the Venezuelan government’s Minister of Popular Power for Oil and Mining Eulogio del Pino. Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States recognizes the challenges that Caribbean nations face due to their high energy costs, particularly ...
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Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick on Haiti Elections

On November 9, 2015, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick addressed the OAS Permanent Council to laud the work of the OAS electoral observation mission to Haiti’s presidential elections carried out on October 25, 2015. Mr. Chairman, my delegation wishes to take a moment to praise the ongoing efforts of the OAS Electoral Observation ...
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Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick on the Human Rights Situation in Venezuela

On October 21, 2015, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick addressed the OAS Permanent Council following a presentation by the Venezuelan government’s Executive Secretary of the National Council for Human Rights Larry Devoe Marquez. Thank you, Madame Chair. Ladies and Gentleman, good morning to one and all. We are pleased to see the Secretary ...
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14th Anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter

On September 17, 2015, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States Michael J. Fitzpatrick addressed a meeting of the OAS Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. Thank you and congratulations, Mr. Chair, for convening today’s meeting. First, the United States joins all assembled in expressing ...
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Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick

Interim Permanent Representative Fitzpatrick addressed a Special Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council to address the humanitarian crisis along the Colombia-Venezuela border and Colombia’s request for a Consultation of Ministers, August 31, 2015. Thank you Mr. Chair.  The United States has taken note of the ongoing humanitarian situation along the Colombia-Venezuela border. The United States ...
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Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick

Interim Permanent Representative Fitzpatrick addressed a Special Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council to receive the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Haiti, Lener Renauld, July 8, 2015. Thank you, Chair.  Mr. Secretary General, the United States would like to take this opportunity to thank Foreign Minister Renauld for his presentation.  We very much appreciate the ...
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OAS Permanent Council Receives the Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic

Interim Permanent Representative Fitzpatrick addressed a Special Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council to receive the Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic, Andres Navarro Garcia, June 30, 2015. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  Mr. Secretary-General, Permanent Representatives: Good afternoon — y muy buenas tardes a todas y a todos.  The United States would like to take this ...
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OAS Bids Farewell to Secretary General Insulza

On May 22, 2015, the OAS Permanent Council held a Special Session to bid farewell to OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza. State Department Counselor Thomas A. Shannon delivered remarks on behalf of the delegation of the United States. Counselor Shannon’s Remarks  May 22, 2015 Video Thank you very much Mr. Chairman, it is a tremendous ...
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Special Session of the OAS Permanent Council on the Situation in Venezuela

Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim Permanent Representative of the United States to the OAS, delivered remarks at a special session of the Permanent Council outlining the U.S. position on the situation in Venezuela, March 19, 2015. Thank you Madam Chair, good morning to one and all, esteemed ministers, Secretary General, permanent representatives and delegates, This session ...
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IVLP Celebrates 75th Anniversary at OAS

On February 4, 2015, the U.S. Permanent Mission to the OAS co-hosted a forum with Global Ties – U.S. marking the 75th Anniversary of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the historic Hall of the Americas. Remarks by Michael J. Fitzpatrick Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Thank you very much Mr. Vanella for ...
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Remarks by the Delegation of the United States Upon Adoption of an OAS Declaration Condemning the Terrorist Attacks in Paris

On January 15, 2015, the OAS Permanent Council convened to approve the Declaration condemning the January 7 terrorist attacks in Paris, and expressing solidarity with the government and people of France. In joining consensus to approve this declaration, the United States stands with the government and people of France as they confront again an outrageous ...
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Statement by the Interim Representative Fitzpatrick on the Situation in Haiti

Interim Representative Fitzpatrick addressed a Special Meeting of the Permanent Council on the Situation in Haiti at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., January 14, 2015. Madame Chair, the United States reiterates its firm commitment to Haitian President Michel Martelly and his persistent efforts to resolve the political impasse over delayed legislative elections.  The United States ...
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OAS Marks International Day of Democracy

Commemoration of the International Day of Democracy 2013 In an address to the Permanent Council marking the occasion, Ambassador Carmen Lomellin called for renewed engagment by the member states to advance initiatives to strengthen implementation of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. Statement by Ambassador Carmen Lomellin September 20, 2013 (As prepared for delivery) Mr. Chairman, I ...
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OAS Permanent Council Holds IACHR Candidates Forum

Remarks by Professor James L. Cavallaro, Candidate Presented by the United States to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), delivered at the OAS Permanent Council on May 1, 2013. Buenos dias.  Bom dia.  Bon jour.  Good morning. Mr. Secretary General. Mr. Chairman. Distinguished Ambassadors and state representatives. Distinguished members of the Inter-American Commission. Distinguished ...
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U.S. Supports “Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean” Grants

“U.S. Vision for Sustainable Development in the Americas” Keynote Remarks by Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative Lawrence J. Gumbiner Thank you for that kind introduction, Ambassador.  I want to start by echoing Ambassador Lomellin in her expression of gratitude to Secretary General Insulza and the OAS for hosting this event.  I would also like to take ...
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OAS Demonstrates Operation of New Mobile Cyber Crisis Response Lab

Ambassador Lomellin stressed that “cyber security is a key area of interest for all of our governments,” as “attacks on information and communications infrastructure could potentially cause major damage to key sectors of the U.S. and global economy.” Remarks by Ambassador Carmen Lomellin October 19, 2012 Good Morning.  Mr. Secretary General, Ambassador Blackwell, Chair of ...
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Remarks by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary John D. Feeley at OAS Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs

“Situation between Ecuador and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland regarding the inviolability of the diplomatic premises of Ecuador in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in accordance with international law” Washington, D.C. August 24, 2012 Many thanks, Mr. Chair. On behalf of the United States, allow me to ...
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Congressman Engel Addresses the OAS Permanent Council

In his remarks, Rep. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs addressed: “The Need For Greater Hemispheric Unity on Shared Hemispheric Goals and the Importance of the OAS.” (March 28, 2012) Thank you Ambassador Brutus, Permanent Representatives, Assistant Secretary General Ramdin, Legislators from Suriname, Canada and Honduras, Permanent ...
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U.S. Underscores Support for the IACHR

United States’ Intervention before the OAS Permanent Council on Strengthening the Inter-American Human Rights System, January 25, 2012. Mr. Chair, allow me to first express our sincere gratitude to Ambassador Joel Hernandez for his agile management, patience and professionalism as Chair of the Working Group.  We would also like to thank Ambassador Hugo de Zela ...
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