Release of Hostages in Gaza

Release of Hostages in GazaThe United States welcomes the deal to release 50 hostages, including American citizens, held by Hamas since its October 7 attack on Israel.  I cannot imagine the ordeal that each of these individuals has endured over the past few weeks, and I am thankful that they will be reunited with their loved ones soon. Today’s […]

Joint Statement of the 2023 Caribbean-U.S. High Level Security Cooperation Dialogue

Department of State and Arizona State University Announce New ITSI InitiativeThe text of the following statement was released by the Government of the United States, Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and Government of the Dominican Republic on the occasion of the eleventh ministerial meeting of the Caribbean-U.S. High Level Security Cooperation Dialogue under the auspices of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. Begin Text: We, the Governments of […]

Korea Metaverse Festival 2023 Concludes Successfully with Over 18,000 Attendees

Korea Metaverse Festival 2023 Concludes Successfully with Over 18,000 Attendees

Overview of the exhibition hall at the ‘Korea Metaverse Festival 2023 (KMF 2023)’ | Photo by AVING News The scene from the Global Conference ‘The MEANS’ │ Photo by Korea Metaverse Industry Association The tape-cutting ceremony of the Korea Metaverse Festival 2023 on October 16th at Seoul COEX Hall D | Photo by AVING News […]

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Joint Statement from the United States, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Spain on Switzerland Joining the Blue Dot Network Steering Committee

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Bitter Travels to India and QatarThe text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Spain on the occasion of Switzerland joining the Blue Dot Network Steering Committee. The United States, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Spain welcome Switzerland joining the Steering Committee of the Blue […]

Secretary Antony J. Blinken With David Muir of ABC World News Tonight

Release of Hostages in Gaza

QUESTION:  Mr. Secretary, thank you for being here.  In the last 24 hours, U.S. officials told ABC News that there was a potential plan in the works to rescue about 50 hostages – women and children – from Hamas.  Last night we were told that negotiators were getting closer.  President Biden has said his message […]

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News

Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News

QUESTION:  Let me welcome Secretary of State Antony Blinken.  Mr. Secretary, are you at all concerned the President’s reference to President Xi as a dictator could undo any progress from yesterday’s meeting?  I guess the question is how sensitive is this relationship at this stage. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Lester, it’s no surprise that – and I don’t […]

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