Maryland National Guard and Estonian Defense Forces Celebrate 30 Years of Partnership, with a focus on Cyber

September 20, 2023 The U.S. Maryland National Guard and Estonia celebrate thirty years of State Partnership this year.  During Baltic Blitz, a cyber exercise with Airmen from the Maryland Air National Guard and Estonian Defense Forces, senior leaders from both sides participated in a commemorative ceremony on September 19th at Ämari Air Base. The partnership …

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USAID Administrator Samantha Power’s Visit to Tallinn Highlights Importance of International Cooperation

USAID Administrator Samantha Power’s Visit to Tallinn Highlights Importance of International Cooperation on Improving Government Accountability September 8, 2023 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power visited Estonia on September 6 and 7 to participate in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit, engage with civil society, and participate in U.S.-Estonia bilateral …

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Administrator Samantha Power at 2023 Open Government Partnership Global Summit’s Closing Plenary

Administrator Samantha Power at 2023 Open Government Partnership Global Summit’s Closing Plenary | Europe and Eurasia | Speech | U.S. Agency for International Development (usaid.gov) Thursday, September 7, 2023 Tallinn, Estonia Remarks ADMINISTRATOR SAMANTHA POWER: How exciting. Thank you so much. It is great to be here, and I’m so honored to be a part of a dream team panel to wind down this incredibly important gathering. Thanks to Annabel [Cruz] and Taimar [Peterkop] for all of their work pulling …

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Administrator Samantha Power at the 2023 Open Government Partnership Global Summit Event

Administrator Samantha Power at the 2023 Open Government Partnership Global Summit Event: State in a Smartphone – The Future of Digital Government Thursday, September 7, 2023 Tallinn, Estonia ADMINISTRATOR SAMANTHA POWER: Hello, everyone. It is great to be here, just off a plane. And I know I’ve missed some really rich discussions the last few days but we’ve had USAID, and U.S. government officials, and civil society colleagues giving us live rolling updates and it sounds like it’s …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Video Remarks at the Open Government Partnership Summit

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRE-RECORDED TALLINN, ESTONIA SEPTEMBER 6, 2023 Secretary Antony J. Blinken Video Remarks at the Open Government Partnership Summit SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Hello, everyone.  I’m glad to join this year’s Open Government Partnership Summit.  I’m grateful to everyone who made this event possible: our host and OGP steering committee co-chair, the Government of Estonia, and our CEO Sanjay Pradhan. Twelve years ago, eight …

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Large Delegation of U.S. Officials to Visit Tallinn for Tallinn Digital Summit and Open Government Partnership

September 5, 2023   A delegation of more than 40 U.S. officials will visit Tallinn this week to participate in the Tallinn Digital Summit (TDS) and Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit. The delegation includes representatives from across the United States Government including the White House, the Department of State, United States Agency for International …

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U.S. Congressional Delegation Emphasizes Cyber Partnership

June 28, 2023 A delegation of three U.S Congressional leaders from the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security is visiting Estonia from June 27-29 to reinforce the cybersecurity partnership between the United States and Estonia. During their visit to Tallinn, the delegation will discuss cyber cooperation with Estonian Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs Nele Leosk, …

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U.S. Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy Nathaniel Fick’s Visit to Estonia

U.S. Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy Nathaniel Fick’s Visit to Estonia Highlights Strong Bilateral Partnership June 1, 2023 United States Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy Nathaniel C. Fick visited Estonia on June 1 to discuss U.S.-Estonia bilateral cyber cooperation. While in Tallinn, Ambassador Fick met with Estonian Ministry of …

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Common Declaration in Support of Baltic Pride 2023 in Tallinn

We celebrate Baltic Pride 2023 in Tallinn and declare that we unambiguously support full equality. We support efforts to safeguard and promote the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex persons and to raise public awareness of issues affecting LGBTQI+ persons globally. Human rights are for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation and …

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U.S. Acting National Cyber Director Highlights Importance of International Cooperation on Cyber Issues

June 1, 2023 United States Acting National Cyber Director Kemba Walden visited Tallinn, May 29-June 1, to discuss international cooperation on cyber issues with Estonian government officials and to participate in the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence’s (CCDCOE) CyCon conference. During her visit, Acting National Cyber Director Walden met with Estonian Ambassador-at-Large for …

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Large Delegation of U.S. Cyber Officials to Visit Tallinn for Cyber Events

May 29, 2023 A delegation of more than 40 U.S. cyber officials will visit Tallinn this week to participate in a series of cyber conferences and dialogues, May 29 to June 2. The delegation includes representatives from across the United States Government including the White House, the Department of State, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security …

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U.S. Senator Cory Booker Emphasizes U.S.-Estonia Partnership

May 27, 2023 United States Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is visiting Estonia from May 25th to 28th to meet with Estonian leaders, including Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Minister of Foreign Affairs Margus Tsahkna, and Minister of Defense Hanno Pevkur. During his meetings in Tallinn, Senator Booker highlighted the important partnership between the United States and …

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United States and Baltic Countries Collaborate to Combat Transnational Financial Crimes

May 18, 2023 The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), in conjunction with U.S. Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), conducted a five-day workshop on Financial Investigative Techniques, designed to enhance the skills and expertise of prosecutors, financial investigators, and FIU analysts by equipping them with the …

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U.S. Secretary of State Statement on Estonian National Day

Antony J. Blinken United States Secretary of State February 24, 2023   On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Estonia as you celebrate your independence on February 24.  For more than 100 years, the close partnership and alliance between the United States and Estonia has been grounded in our …

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Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III at a Press Availability in Tallinn

February 16, 2023 Good afternoon, everyone. Minister Pevkur, thanks for hosting me in this beautiful city. It’s my first visit to Tallinn as Secretary of Defense, and I’m grateful for your warm welcome – especially in the February weather. I was delighted to be able to host you in Washington last year, and I’m very …

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Arrival of U.S. Ambassador Designate George P. Kent

January 30, 2023 George P. Kent, the United States Ambassador Designate to the Republic of Estonia, arrived on Friday and has begun his work at the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn. Today, after presenting his credentials to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for processing, Ambassador Designate Kent met with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu. During the …

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Update on Ambassador Designate George P. Kent

George P. Kent was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 13th to become the next United States Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia. We look forward to working with the Ambassador Designate as he proceeds through the next steps in the ambassadorial process. Gabrielle Cowan remains the Chargé d’Affaires of U.S. Embassy Tallinn until …

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The Estonian Ministry of Interior and the U.S. State Department held CBRN Response & Assistance Workshop

December 13, 2022 On December 6 and 7, the Estonian Ministry of Interior and the U.S. Department of State co-hosted the “Sub-Regional CBRN Response & Assistance Workshop (SR2 Estonia)”. The training brought together representatives from Estonian ministries involved in internal security, defense, civil protection, health, environmental protection and international affairs with officials from the United …

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United States Department of Justice Visit Highlights Strong U.S. – Estonia Law Enforcement Cooperation

December 1, 2022 United States Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. visited Estonia today. While in Tallinn, the Assistant Attorney General met with Estonian Prosecutor General Andres Parmas and Estonian Ministry of Interior Undersecretary of Internal Security Veiko Kommusaar. “Estonia is an outstanding partner and ally.  I have enjoyed visiting Tallinn …

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Secretary of Defense Austin III Bilateral Meeting With Estonian Minister of Defense Pevkur

October 18, 2022 Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met Estonian Minister of Defense Hanno Pevkur. Secretary Austin reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to deterring Russian aggression against NATO Allies. The two leaders also discussed the ongoing efforts to ensure NATO’s credible deterrence and defense posture. Secretary Austin and Minister Pevkur discussed security cooperation and …

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United States Department of Justice Hosts Cryptocurrency Crimes Workshop for Estonian Counterparts

September 8, 2022 The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), with funding by the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), hosted a three-day workshop on international best practices to investigate and prosecute criminal misuses of cryptocurrency in Tallinn, Estonia from September 6 …

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Statement from President Biden Commemorating 100 Years of U.S. Diplomatic Relations with our Baltic Allies

July 28, 2022 The White House Statements and Releases Statement by President Biden Today, we mark 100 years of unbroken diplomatic relations between the United States and our three Baltic Allies — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.  Through a century of struggle and reclamation, the United States has always stood by the legitimate governments of these …

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Department of State Officials Mark United States’ 100th Anniversary of Relations with the Baltic States

On July 28, 2022, the United States celebrated the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and State Department Spokesperson Ned Price marked the anniversary with statements.   I am pleased today to announce that we are marking the 100th anniversary of unbroken diplomatic relations between the …

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Chargé d’Affaires Gabrielle Cowan and Foreign Minister Reinsalu Highlight the Strength of U.S.-Estonian Relations

July 28, 2022   Today, on the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Estonia and the United States, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Gabrielle Cowan met with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu to highlight the strength of the U.S.-Estonian relationship and to discuss our shared priorities, including continued support for Ukraine. The United States of America officially …

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Four Senior U.S. Government Officials Visit Tallinn for Consultations This Week

May 14, 2022 Four senior United States Government officials are visiting Tallinn this week to meet with Estonian government officials and participate in engagements with civil society. The officials are: Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Celeste Wallander, Permanent Representative to the OSCE Ambassador Michael Carpenter, and …

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2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Estonia

NOTE: The 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices were released on April 12, 2022. The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department …

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National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct: Notice of Opportunity To Submit Written Comments

DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 11647] National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct: Notice of Opportunity To Submit Written Comments SUMMARY: On June 16, 2021, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on behalf of the Biden-Harris Administration that the Department will soon begin updating and revitalizing the United States’ National Action Plan on Responsible Business …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas Before Their Meeting

03/08/2022 06:23 AM EST   Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Tallinn, Estonia Stenbock House PRIME MINISTER KALLAS:  Okay.  So welcome.  It is my great, great honor to welcome you to Estonia.  I’ve been a great admirer of all of your work.  I have quoted you many times over these weeks (inaudible).  I think you’ve …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets After Their Meeting

03/08/2022 06:53 AM EST Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Tallinn, Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs FOREIGN MINISTER LIIMETS:  Dear Secretary Blinken, dear Tony, it’s really an honor for me to welcome you today in Tallinn.  We just met in Washington, D.C. on the 16th of February, just on the eve of this unjustified war …

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Estonia National Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Antony J. Blinken   February 24, 2021 Estonia National Day   On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Estonia as you celebrate your independence on February 24. The United States and Estonia have a close partnership grounded in …

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Joint Statement on U.S.-Estonia Relations

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE February 16, 2022 The following is the joint statement released by the Secretary of State of the United States and the Foreign Minister of the Government of Estonia. Begin text: The United States and Estonia are close Allies and share a strong …

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Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Commerce To Visit Tallinn, Participate in Tallinn Digital Summit 

September 6, 2021   United States Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo will be in Tallinn September 6 and 7, where she will participate in the Tallinn Digital Summit and hold bilateral meetings. Secretary Raimondo is the first senior official from the Biden Administration to visit Estonia and the first Cabinet-level official to visit since …

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Readout from NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia

THE WHITE HOUSE STATEMENTS AND RELEASES August 9, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia to reinforce the strong bilateral relations between our countries, international economic cooperation, and their shared support for transparent infrastructure investments in Europe and around the world. Mr. Sullivan reaffirmed the unwavering U.S. support for the …

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United States Congressional Delegation Highlights Strong U.S.-Estonia Partnership

July 8, 2021 A delegation from the United States Congress visited Estonia, July 6-8, to meet with Estonian leaders. While in Tallinn, the delegation met with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets, former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and Chair of the Riigikogu Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson. The delegation also traveled to …

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2021 Trafficking in Persons Report: Estonia

ESTONIA: Tier 1 The Government of Estonia fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government continued to demonstrate serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period, considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, if any, on its anti-trafficking capacity; therefore Estonia remained on Tier 1. These efforts included investigating and prosecuting …

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Press Release: U.S. Delivers Artillery Ammunition and Navy Radars to Estonia

June 8, 2021 In early June, the United States delivered $14.9 million worth of 155mm artillery ammunition to the Estonian Defense Forces and $2.7 million worth of mobile radars (AN/TSQ-288) to the Estonian Navy to support Estonia’s defense and maritime domain awareness capabilities.  Over the next several weeks, the U.S. Navy will support the Estonian Navy …

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Press Release: United States and Estonia Strengthen Cooperation on Nuclear Security

April 6, 2021 The United States and Estonia will expand their cooperation on nuclear security issues through a new agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and the Estonian Ministry of Interior. Under this agreement, the United States will support Estonia’s security with state-of-the-art equipment and training to detect smuggling of …

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President Biden Participates in European Council Summit

MARCH 25, 2021 WHITE HOUSE STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. participated virtually in a scheduled summit of the European Council. Meeting with the heads of state or government of the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) chaired by European Council President Charles Michel, the President reaffirmed his commitment to …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Estonian Foreign Minister Liimets, Latvian Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs, and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Landsbergis

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 24, 2021   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets of Estonia, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs of Latvia, and Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis of Lithuania today in Brussels. Secretary Blinken and the Foreign Ministers emphasized their steadfast commitment to security …

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Press Statement: Estonian National Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 24, 2021   On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I send congratulations to the people of Estonia as you celebrate the 103rd anniversary of your independence. The United States and Estonia share a strong commitment to global security, economic opportunity, and democratic values.  As NATO Allies, we …

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Secretary Blinken’s Participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participated virtually in today’s EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) at the invitation of EU High Representative Josep Borrell. Secretary Blinken highlighted the United States’ commitment to repairing, revitalizing, and raising the level of …

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A Proclamation on Remembering the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19

FEBRUARY 22, 2021 PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS   As of this week during the dark winter of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 500,000 Americans have now died from the virus.  That is more Americans who have died in a single year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined.  On this solemn occasion, …

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Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World

FEBRUARY 04, 2021 •  SPEECHES AND REMARKS U.S. Department of State Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. 2:45 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Secretary, it’s great to be here with you.  And I’ve been looking forward a long time to be able to call you “Mr. Secretary.” Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s an honor to be back at the …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Introductory Remarks for President Biden

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 4, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. Today I get to say something that brings me tremendous happiness: President Biden, Vice President Harris, welcome to the State Department. For more than two decades, I’ve had the privilege of watching President Biden at work. I’ve seen his commitment to the American …

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On the Extension of the New START Treaty with the Russian Federation

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 3, 2021   President Biden pledged to keep the American people safe from nuclear threats by restoring U.S. leadership on arms control and nonproliferation. Today, the United States took the first step toward making good on that pledge when it extended the  New START Treaty  with the Russian Federation for five years. Extending the New …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Foreign Minister Reinsalu

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 5, 2020   The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu. Secretary Pompeo expressed appreciation for Estonia’s hosting of the Three Seas Initiative Virtual Summit, reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to invest up to $1 billion in Three …

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United States – Estonia Joint Statement on Secure Telecommunications Infrastructure

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson September 23, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by United States Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Mr. Keith Krach and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Mr. Urmas Reinsalu on the importance of secure telecommunications infrastructure. Begin Text: Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu and …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Prime Minister Ratas

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 3, 2020   The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas.   Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Ratas discussed the importance of the U.S.-Estonian partnership within the NATO Alliance and international organizations.  The Secretary thanked Estonia for its leadership on …

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Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day   The White House Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2020   Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe.  Today, we …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba   READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 7, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba yesterday.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kuleba discussed Ukraine’s efforts to achieve a diplomatic resolution to the Russia-instigated conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas region and the results of the April 30 Normandy Format virtual Foreign Ministerial.  The Secretary commended Ukraine’s conflict diplomacy …

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Press Availability at NATO Foreign Ministerial 2019

Press Availability Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC April 4, 2019   SECRETARY POMPEO: So good afternoon, everyone. Seventy years ago today, 12 courageous nations came together to form an alliance that to this day remains the bedrock guarantor of Western security and democratic liberties. Today, our 29 nations believe …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with the Foreign Ministers of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 6, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Tillerson engaged his counterparts from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in a productive discussion Monday. The four NATO Allies agreed to deepen their cooperation to combat Russia’s disinformation efforts and malicious cyber activity. They discussed strategies to …

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President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address – January 30, 2018

Remarks as prepared for delivery TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American …

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Secretary’s Remarks: Interview With Elise Labott of CNN

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC January 5, 2018 QUESTION: Secretary Tillerson, thanks so much for joining us, and Happy New Year. SECRETARY TILLERSON: Happy New Year to you and to all the Americans out there as well. It’s a pleasure. QUESTION: Let’s start with North Korea. There was big news last …

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