OAS Marks 25th Anniversary of the AMIA Bombing

Remarks by Alexis Ludwig July 18, 2019 Madam Chair, I want to begin by thanking the delegation of Argentina for placing this important issue on the agenda of our Permanent Council. Betty Ehrenberg of the World Jewish Congress and Executive Secretary Paulo Abrao, thank you as well for joining us. Colleagues, today we solemnly recall …

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Secretary DeVos Addresses Ministerial Meeting of Education Ministers

Remarks by United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos July 8, 2019 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Minister Browne, Madame Executive Secretary, Distinguished Ministers of Education and Heads of Delegation, Ladies and Gentlemen. It’s a pleasure to join all of you today for the 10th Inter-American Education Ministerial meeting. I very much appreciate the opportunity this …

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OAS General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Nicaragua

Remarks by Ambassador Carlos Trujillo OAS General Assembly Medellin, Colombia June 28, 2019 Thank you Mr. President. The United States is very pleased to support this resolution which strongly condemns the actions of the Nicaraguan Government and calls for the restoration of democracy in Nicaragua. We would like to thank Canada and Chile for co-chairing …

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OAS General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Venezuela

Remarks by Ambassador Carlos Trujillo OAS General Assembly Medellin, Colombia June 28, 2019 Mr. President, the United States is very pleased to support this resolution accepting the representatives of the democratically elected Venezuelan National Assembly. We welcome the decision of the OAS General Assembly to follow the lead of the OAS Permanent Council, so that …

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49th OAS General Assembly

Remarks by Kimberly Breier Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Plenary Session of the 49th OAS General Assembly Medellin, Colombia June 27, 2019 Thank you very much. I’d like to thank President Duque, Secretary General Almagro, and your respective teams for organizing this 49th General Assembly of the Organization of American States. We appreciate your …

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Remarks by Vice President Pence at Memorial Day Ceremony

Remarks by Vice President Pence Memorial Day Ceremony Arlington Cemetery Arlington, Virginia May 27, 2019 11:32 A.M. EDT  THE VICE PRESIDENT: To Acting Secretary Shanahan, Secretary Wilkie, members of the Cabinet, Secretary Esper, Secretary Wilson, General Dunford, honored guests, especially to the active-duty members of our armed forces, our veterans, and most of all, …

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Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Washington Conference on the Americas

May 7, 2019 U.S. Department of State Washington, D.C. 3:36 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Great. Thank you all. Thank you very much. Thank you, Chairman Gluski. Thank you for that wonderful introduction. To President-Elect Bukele, to Vice President Ramirez, to all the leaders in public and in business life gathered here today: It is …

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OAS Addresses the Status of Democracy in Nicaragua

On April 26, 2019, the OAS Permanent Council held a special meeting to address the unconstitutional alteration of the constitutional regime and interruption of the democratic order in Nicaragua, and calling for further OAS action toward the collective defense of democracy in Nicaragua consistent with the terms of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. The meeting included …

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Remarks by Vice President Pence at a Special Session of the United Nations Security Council on the Crisis in Venezuela

April 10, 2019 United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 11:06 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, to all the members of the Security Council: I am here today, on behalf of the President of the United States of America, to discuss the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and to call on …

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OAS Permanent Council Holds Special Session to Consider the Situation in Nicaragua

Remarks by Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States Alexis F. Ludwig April 5, 2019 Thank you Mr. Chairman for convening today’s special session of the Permanent Council to consider recent events in Nicaragua. Thank you also to the panel of experts for your compelling presentations this afternoon. These presentations should spur us all to …

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OAS Approves Resolution on Humanitarian Assistance for the Venezuelan People

Remarks by Ambassador Carlos Trujillo OAS Permanent Council March 27, 2019 Mr. Chairman, thank you very much for convening today’s special session of the Permanent Council to consider recent events in Venezuela, as well as the worsening humanitarian crisis. We would like to thank the various experts who have provided us with such compelling data …

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Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC March 13, 2019  SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Since America’s founding, the concept of individual rights has been woven into the national fabric. As my friend and scholar Mary Ann Glendon has written, it has given weak members of our society, quote, “an …

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Remarks by Vice President Pence at Venezuela Solidarity Event

Remarks by Vice President Pence at Venezuela Solidarity Event   February 1, 2019 Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center Doral, Florida 1:37 P.M. EST THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Buenas tardes a todos!  (Applause.)  Thank you, Governor DeSantis; First Lady Casey DeSantis; members of Congress; Ambassador Trujillo; distinguished guests.  Karen and I are so honored to join you …

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OAS Permanent Council Considers the Situation in Nicaragua

Remarks by Ambassador Carlos Trujillo January 11, 2019 Thank you Mr. Chairman for convening today’s special session of the Permanent Council, at the request of Secretary General Almagro, to address the worsening situation in Nicaragua. We support for his call to action consistent with the spirit and terms of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. The worsening …

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Permanent Council Approves Resolution to Not Recognize the Legitimacy of the Maduro Regime

Remarks by Ambassador Carlos Trujillo January 10, 2019 Mr. Chairman, today is a critical day for those striving to preserve the little that remains of democracy in Venezuela, and for the credibility of the OAS. Today’s sham Presidential inauguration, achieved through a fraudulent election, is another decisive step away from democracy and toward dictatorship by …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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