Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

SPEECH ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. SEPTEMBER 13, 2023 Please find the video of the full speech here. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you.  Good morning, everyone. AUDIENCE:  Good morning. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Dean Steinberg, Jim, thank you for the honor of joining the SAIS community to help inaugurate this truly magnificent new home. Jim has contributed so much over his remarkable …

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22nd Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Attacks

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 11, 2023 On September 11, 2001, terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people and injured more than 6,000 others in the worst attack against the homeland in our nation’s history. Today we honor their memories and stand with the families and friends of those who perished in New York City, Arlington, Virginia, and Shanksville, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Ukraine

FACT SHEET Office of the Spokesperson September 6, 2023 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken visited Kyiv on September 6, where he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba to underscore unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine’s defense of its sovereign territory and the people of Ukraine …

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Launch of the Bureau of Global Health Security and Diplomacy

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 1, 2023 Today the State Department is officially launching a new Bureau of Global Heath Security and Diplomacy.  The Bureau’s overarching mission is to fortify the global health security architecture to effectively prevent, detect, control, and respond to infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS. By leveraging and coordinating U.S. foreign assistance, the Bureau aims …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mekonnen

June 8, 2023 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller: READOUT, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen on the margins of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ministerial in Riyadh and commended progress made in forging lasting peace in northern Ethiopia through …

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World Press Freedom Day

PRESS STATMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 3, 2023 On the 30th annual World Press Freedom Day, the United States extends our deep gratitude to the remarkable journalists and media professionals around the world whose work ensures the flow of information and ideas that form the lifeblood of free and open societies.  Today we also reflect on the tremendous sacrifice paid by so …

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Statement Marking Six-Month Anniversary of the Cessation of Hostilities in Northern Ethiopia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 2, 2023 Today marks six months since the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA) between the Government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in Pretoria on November 2, 2022, which ended two years of conflict in northern Ethiopia and began a process of peace and recovery that …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN

March 22, 2023 On the Occasion of Ramadan I wish a peaceful Ramadan to all those observing the holy month. For Muslims here in the United States and abroad, Ramadan is a sacred period of prayer and reflection, celebrating with family and community, and remembering and serving those less fortunate with compassion and openness. It is …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Yonathan Yosef of Fana Broadcasting

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA MARCH 16, 2023 QUESTION:  Thank you, Secretary of State.  Thank you for having us here.  Thank you for visiting Ethiopia at this critical time.  It means a lot and it shows a really – the maintained, longstanding relationship.  Thank you very much. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, thank you for …

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The United States Provides more than $331 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, March 16, 2023 – Yesterday in Addis Ababa, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken announced that the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $319 million (over 17 billion Birr) in lifesaving humanitarian assistance for the people of Ethiopia and $12 million (646.7 million Birr) through …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Ethiopia and Niger

STATEMENT BY NED PRICE, SPOKESPERSON March 10, 2023 Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Ethiopia and Niger Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Ethiopia and Niger March 14-17, 2023.  On March 15, the Secretary will visit Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he will discuss implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement to advance peace and …

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Observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 6, 2023 The United States stands with the more than 200 million survivors of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) around the world in a posture of “zero tolerance” for the practice. We stand resolutely against the practice of FGM/C as a form of gender-based violence and a human rights abuse that …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 21, 2023 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed regarding the significant progress to date on implementation of the November 2 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, including the ongoing withdrawal of Eritrean troops from northern Ethiopia.  The Secretary welcomed …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 13, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed today to welcome progress made on the implementation of the November 2 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, which is key to bringing lasting peace to northern Ethiopia. Secretary Blinken commended steps taken by …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 22, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed about efforts to bring lasting peace to northern Ethiopia.  Secretary Blinken recognized ongoing efforts by the Ethiopian government to work towards unhindered humanitarian assistance and restoration of basic services …

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On the African Union-led Peace Talks

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 2, 2022 We welcome the momentous step taken in Pretoria today to advance the African Union’s campaign to “silence the guns” with the signing of a cessation of hostilities between the Government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front. We commend the parties for taking this initial step to agree to …

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Five Months of a Humanitarian Truce in Ethiopia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 24, 2022 We are concerned by reports of renewed hostilities in Ethiopia.  We call on the Government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to redouble efforts to advance talks to achieve a durable ceasefire without preconditions and ultimately bring a permanent end to the conflict. Over the past five months, …

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Humanitarian Assistance to Communities in Northern Ethiopia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 7, 2022 The United States welcomes the progress in securing more regular access for humanitarian assistance to communities in need in the Afar, Amhara, and Tigray regions of Ethiopia.  In the past seven days, more than 1,100 trucks have reached Tigray to deliver life-saving food, malnutrition treatment and health supplies, and other …

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U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Tigray Crisis Response

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 18, 2021 The United States is providing an additional nearly $52 million in assistance to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The United States has provided a total of nearly $153 million in humanitarian assistance since the crisis began. This assistance from the …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 2, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:‎ Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to emphasize the United States’ concern about the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.  Noting the growing number of credible reports of …

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Atrocities in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 27, 2021 The United States is gravely concerned by reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.  We strongly condemn the killings, forced removals and displacements, sexual assaults, and other extremely serious human rights violations and abuses by several parties that multiple organizations have reported in Tigray.  …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew at a Press Availability

Secretary of State Michael R.Pompeo and Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew at Press Availability Sheraton Hotel  February 18, 2020 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  MODERATOR:  Good afternoon.  Welcome to the joint press briefing of His Excellency Ato Gedu Andargachew, Foreign Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and His Excellency U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.  …

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U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s remarks at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Michael R.Pompeo Secretary of State Liberating Africa’s Entrepreneurs  United Nations Economic Commission for Africa February 19, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning everyone.  Vera, thank you.  Thank you for the kind introduction.  Thank you all very much for welcoming me.  Let’s see, there we go.  Vera, I think we got the lapel mike.  Here we go.  …

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Congratulations on the Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Prime Minister Abiy

The United States congratulates Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, on the prestigious honor of being the 100th recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Prime Minister Abiy’s commitment to seeking peace on the African continent and ending conflict with Eritrea demonstrates courage, strength, and leadership.  We celebrate this momentous occasion with the people …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo

    STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO July 10, 2018 Eritrea and Ethiopia End War and Adopt Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship The United States welcomes the July 9 commitment to peace and security between the State of Eritrea and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, effectively ending 20 years of conflict.  We commend Prime Minister …

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