On the Killing of Rohingya Muslim Advocate Mohib Ullah

30 Sep

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

We are deeply saddened and disturbed by the murder of Rohingya Muslim advocate and community leader Mohib Ullah in Bangladesh on September 29.  Mohib Ullah was a brave and fierce advocate for the human rights of Rohingya Muslims around the world.  He traveled to the Human Rights Council in Geneva and to the United States to speak at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in 2019.  During his trip, he shared his experiences with the President and Vice President and spoke together with other survivors of religiously motivated persecution.

We urge a full and transparent investigation into his death with the goal of holding the perpetrators of this heinous crime accountable.  We will honor his work by continuing to advocate for Rohingya and lift up the voices of members of the community in decisions about their future.

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the Press

30 Sep

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. You all spent some quality time in Pittsburgh, I hope. I don’t want to leave. It’s been great. What’s going on?

QUESTION: So yesterday you said you were enthusiastic about the TTC meeting. Would you say the European Union and the United States are moving past their grievances or are you still concerned about European leaders feeling ignored and disappointed by President Biden?

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Oh, I think what we’ve seen just over the last couple of days is the United States and the European Union working more closely together than ever before and actually tackling a lot of issues and challenges that are having a real, direct impact on the lives of citizens in both the United States and in Europe, and doing it in a spirit not just of cooperation and collaboration but actually trying to get real results. So we have now in place a process through this Trade and Technology Council where we are working with not just among the ministers or the secretaries but with working groups that are working literally every week, day in, day out, to make progress on the issues.

Because the bottom line is this: When the United States and Europe can come together and work together on issues of trade and technology, we have a tremendous ability to shape the way all of that goes forward in the future – the rules, the norms, the standards that affect trade and affect the way that technology is used. When you’ve got almost half of the world’s GDP working together to do that based on the values that we share, the democratic values we share, that’s a very, very powerful thing.

So I think you saw in the statement we – that we put out a lot of good, practical, concrete work done on everything from artificial intelligence to semiconductors to export controls to investment screening to non-market distortive practices in trade. We’ll be meeting again probably early next year, but between here and there we have our teams working literally all the time to come to common positions and to use our collective weight to shape the way a lot of this is done going forward.

QUESTION: Will the G20 in Rome be an opportunity for President Trump to discuss this issue and particularly to discuss with China the issue of the non-market economy? And what kind of answer would you like to receive from China?

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, I think what – from the perspective of both the United States and Europe, we are similarly aggrieved by a number of practices that China is engaged in when it comes to trade and commercial relations that are almost structural in nature, including the subsidization of state-owned enterprises, some of the forced technology transfer, the problem with theft of intellectual property, and a number of other things that are distortive and simply don’t allow for a level playing field.

So we certainly intend to engage China on these questions. So do our European partners. And again, when we’re doing that together, I think there’s a much greater chance in seeing China change some of the – some of those practices.

At the same, we know there are ongoing commitments that China made, including in the Phase One trade deal negotiated by the previous administration in terms of commitments to purchase certain things that we believe China should be held to. But the bottom line is there is an important agenda – trade, investment with China for all of us is important and something that we want to sustain. But it has to be done fairly. It has to be done on a level playing field. It has to be done in a way that doesn’t disadvantage our workers, our companies, or for that matter the workers and companies of our partners.

QUESTION: Secretary, do you see any signs that the release of Huawei’s CFO from Canada and the two Canadians from China has done anything to jumpstart progress on other key issues in U.S.-China relations?

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, needless to say we’re very – we’re glad, very glad, to see that the two Michaels have been able to return home, as well certainly our own American citizens. That’s very important. But the – there’s a larger problem that remains, and it’s not just – it’s not just China. Other countries are engaged in this practice of arbitrarily detaining the citizens of other countries for political purposes, and that should be totally unacceptable. And we will work with other countries to make it increasingly clear that that is unacceptable and that there has to be a stop to it. And that’s totally separate and apart from any other issue that we may be engaged in with China or with anyone else.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, on China, there are reports the United States is trying to get China to cut its oil imports from Iran. Do you think that’s an effective way to get the Iranians back to the negotiating table?

And then if I may, on North Korea, Kim Jong-un today said he wants to restore the inter-Korean hotline while criticizing the United States. And that’s a day after saying the North test-fired a hypersonic missile, which I believe is the third missile they’ve fired in September. What do you make of this latest behavior?

And then if you’ll indulge me for one last one, apparently General Milley is pointing a lot of blame at the State Department for waiting too long to conduct the Afghanistan NEO. Did State Department wait too long to conduct the NEO?

SECRETARY BLINKEN: So let me see if I can take – I’ll try and take all three of those.

First, with regard to Iran, as you know, we’ve been engaged in an effort in Vienna to see if we can get a return to mutual compliance with the nuclear agreement, the so-called JCPOA. We’ve been engaged in that in very good faith for many months. I think we had six or seven rounds of conversations – unfortunately not direct, because the Iranians refused to engage directly with us. But I think we demonstrated in those talks with the European partners, with China, with Russia that we were fully prepared to go back into compliance with the JCPOA if Iran was prepared to do the same thing. And to date, they have not demonstrated a willingness to do that.

They’ve been away from the talks now for three months. Now, they had an election, a new government was formed, but they’ve not re-engaged with the talks. So the jury is out on that and the ball remains in their court, but not for long. Because the problem that we face now, or at least the problem we will face in the time ahead, is that because of the work that Iran is doing on its nuclear program in violation of the JCPOA – spinning more sophisticated centrifuges, building up stockpiles of uranium enriched to 20 percent or even 60 percent – simply getting back to the terms of the JCPOA at some point will not be sufficient to recapture the benefits of the agreement because of the progress Iran has made.

So there is a limited runway on that and the runway is getting – is getting shorter. We’ve been talking to all of the other countries engaged in this effort with us, including China, about this. And I think there’s an understanding among the Europeans, among the Russians, among the Chinese that the possibilities of getting back to the JCPOA under its own terms are not indefinite. And our hope and expectation is that all of our partner countries in this will prevail upon Iran to quickly return and see if we can still get back to the JCPOA.

On North Korea, we’re evaluating and assessing the launches that you’ve referred to to understand exactly what they did, what technology they used. But regardless, we’ve seen repeated violations now of UN Security Council resolutions that the international community needs to take very seriously. Our envoy for North Korea is now actually talking to the South Koreans and the Japanese. So we’re engaged in very active conversations with them on the way forward.

The question of inter-Korean dialogue, inter-Korean work, that – we certainly support that in principle. We leave that as well to our South Korean allies as they look to see if there are ways to move forward. And certainly, if there are any measures that can appropriately reduce the risks that exist, that probably makes sense. But I think we are concerned about these repeated violations of Security Council resolutions that create, I think, greater prospects for instability and insecurity.

And then finally, with regard to Afghanistan, first, it bears repeating: The President made the right decision to end America’s longest war. He made the right decision not to send a third generation of Americans to Afghanistan to fight and die there. We engaged in an extraordinary evacuation effort and mission. We got 125,000 people out of Afghanistan under some of the most challenging conditions possible. As the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Milley said himself, no one anticipated that the security forces of Afghanistan as well as the government would collapse in the short period of time they did. And I don’t think anyone can say that we took any of the decisions that we took alone, one agency making the decision. Everything we did, we did collectively as a team through a process, and every voice was heard and listened to in that process. And we did it together.

QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thank you all.

MODERATOR: All right. Thank you. That’s all.

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Opening Remarks at a Local Labor Roundtable

30 Sep

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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SECRETARY BLINKEN:  José, thank you so much, and thanks to all of you for spending the time this afternoon.  It’s really wonderful not just to be in Pittsburgh but to be here, to be with all of you.  I’m looking forward to this conversation.  And these past couple of days have really been on so many levels terrific, not just in our meetings with our European counterpart but actually getting (inaudible) meetings here in Pittsburgh – an industrial city in the last century, a high-tech capital now, but still plenty of both in many ways; and labor leaders who have shaped the history and the future of this city, and our country as well.  And you can really see, I think, in this city as well such a microcosm of so many positive things that we’re trying to do across the country.

And it’s really why we chose Pittsburgh to be the place we would get together for this inaugural meeting of something we’re calling the Trade and Technology Council between the United States and the European Union.  We just wrapped up this morning after having a day and a half meeting.  And as José said, the issues we’re taking on through this council are critical to our economy, to our competitiveness, and to our workers’ livelihoods, now and I think well into the future.  And I just want to spend a couple minutes telling you a little bit about that before we get into our conversation.

Having said that, before I go any further, I’ve got to say right from the start that there’s clearly something, or maybe I should say someone missing today, and that’s Richard Trumka.  I had the opportunity to meet with President Trumka and the AFL-CIO Executive Council in July.  We did it virtually because of COVID.  And even through the screen he was such a powerful, eloquent force and voice just as committed to the issues that mattered in his life as ever.

He cared deeply, of course, not just about labor rights in the United States but worldwide, which was the focus of our conversation, and also about how what we do around the world has an impact here at home on American workers, something that he wanted to make sure that we were keeping front and center in our minds as we went about doing the work of the State Department.

As I told President Trumka and as José noted, we have an administration led by President Biden that is committed to investing in labor diplomacy, including by naming a special representative for International Labor Affairs.  I very much look forward to working with President Trumka’s successor, President Liz Shuler, and I want to congratulate her for being the first woman to hold the position.

One thing that President Trumka said that was very clear was that he wanted trade unions to participate, as he put it, at the table where the Secretary of State works.  I completely agree, and that’s one of the reasons I’m at this table today with all of you.

Simply put, we believe strongly, the President believes strongly, that labor groups have to be our partner in policy, and that includes foreign policy.  More than at any other time since I’ve been working these issues for the better part of more than 25 years now, distinctions between our domestic and foreign policy have faded away.  And our domestic renewal as well as our strength in the world I see as completely entwined.

And one of the reasons that we had the Secretary of Commerce, the U.S. Trade Representative,  the Secretary of State all together here in Pittsburgh was exactly because of that.  Our domestic competitiveness, our national security, and a thriving middle class are mutually reinforcing, and I think mutually necessary.

We are committed to trying to get all three of these pillars strong and right, and we want to make sure that as we’re engaged in an innovation economy that it actually delivers for everyone, for workers across the country.

One of the things I talked a little bit about yesterday as we were meeting with our counterparts and meeting with a broad cross-section of stakeholders in the TTC work was that if we were sitting at this table a hundred years ago and the question we were asking was, “How do you define, how do you calculate, the wealth of a nation?  What makes a nation rich and strong?”  The answer you’d probably get is, “Well, it’s the size of its land mass, its geography, it’s the size of the population, it’s the strength of its military, its abundance of natural resources.”  And all of those things still matter, and in the United States we’re very fortunate that we still have an abundance of each of those things.

But I think as we’re sitting here today, the real answer to that question, “What really makes the wealth of a nation,” the answer more than ever before is its human resources – its people, its workers.  And the job of government, among other things, as we see it, is to do everything we can to unleash those resources, to support them, to defend them, to protect them, to allow them to reach their full potential.  And that starts with the working men and women of our country.  That’s how we see it.

And when you really break it down, that’s what this Trade and Technology Council that we put together is all about.  It’s trying to align with Europe, our largest trading partner – together with us, almost half of the world’s gross domestic product – how we can align more to do things together more effectively and more equitably.  Because one of the things that got lost – and I’ve put myself in this place too over the years, particularly on trade – was we lost sight of the need to have truly equitable impacts and to make sure that as we were moving forward, some of our fellow citizens didn’t get left behind.

So we have this remarkably powerful, large relationship with the European Union and all the countries that constitute it.  It is the most integrated, it is the most interdependent relationship in the world (inaudible).  And for whatever differences there are, it’s profoundly grounded in shared values: democratic governance, fair competition based on market principles, the rule of law, respect for human rights.  All of these things animate both of us, and that’s important because we know other countries are pursuing a very different approach to growth and competition.  So it’s critical from where I stand that the EU and the U.S. stand together to push back on unfair and dangerous policies and practices, and ultimately, most important, prove that the way we do things delivers for people.  Because if we can’t show that and we can’t demonstrate that, we’re simply not going to gain support.

So let me just quickly, before we get into the conversation, highlight a few areas where we made progress this week, these last couple of days with our European counterparts.  First, one of the things we pledged was – and agreed – was to develop and implement uses of artificial intelligence that drive innovation, that strengthen and don’t undermine privacy, that respect democratic values and human rights, and that are focused on impacts, including impacts on labor forces.  That is vitally important.  And that’s, by the way, across the board in everything we’re looking at in terms of technology.

We agreed we would deepen cooperation on investment screening, including by sharing information, for example, on division of investments, types of transactions so that we can better protect our national security while recognizing that foreign investment can be a critical source of growth for many U.S. sectors and many U.S. communities.

Third, we talked about and agreed to work more closely together on effective export controls, including enhancing the capacity of other countries, but focusing on the most sensitive technologies and products, not trying to erect a low fence around everything – because exports are so critical – but making sure that when it comes to things that are truly sensitive, we together build a high fence to protect those technologies and products.

Fourth, we agreed that we would strengthen cooperation on the supply of something we all recognize is especially critical these days, and that’s semiconductors, both to deal with near-term disruptions in supply, but also to try to lay a foundation for longer-term resilience.  That requires, among other things, improving a shared capacity to design and produce leading-edge semiconductors.

Fifth, we agreed to pursue common strategies to try to mitigate and respond more effectively to non-market distortive policies and practices like massive industrial policies and subsidies, forced labor, tech transfer that undermine the competitiveness of our economies, that endanger businesses and consumers, and that undercut workers’ rights.

And finally, we committed to protect worker and labor rights, combat forced and child labor, and to make sure that we had that lens applied to the work that we were doing.

So I say all that knowing that many of you have questions, concerns, even doubts about some of these issues, which I hope we get a chance to talk about.  Because not only do I want to hear them, I need to hear them.  And to be clear, we also talked very candidly with the EU representatives about points of difference, points of friction in our relationship, including, of course, on trade.  Because we want to deal with those areas of difference directly, not try to sweep them under the under the rug or ignore them.

So mostly, what I’m eager to do is, again, hear from you not only on these issues that I just mentioned, but more broadly on this question, which is:  How do we make sure that our diplomacy is working on behalf of America’s workers?  That’s what I want to focus on.  That’s where we really want to be your partners, not only – and this is critical – not only on the landing, but on the takeoff.  Because from my own experience, what I’ve found is this:  More – again, more than ever before, if critical stakeholders in any given issue are not at the table and not with you on the takeoff, it probably is not going to hold up.

And so it’s not good enough to simply say, “Okay, here’s what we did, here’s what we agreed.”  We need to have all of this input; we need the ongoing dialogue.  We need, ideally, the partnership on these issues from the get-go if we’re going to create anything that’s sustainable and actually works for all of our people.

That’s the spirit that we’re bringing to this.  It’s never going to be perfect, to say the least, but that’s at least where our starting point is.

And with that, let me stop talking, because I’m interested in hearing from all of you.

Thank you.

Even More New Local Opinion Pieces Call Out Republicans for Votes To Jeopardize The Economy

30 Sep

PA Small Business Owner to Republicans: “I’m Running My Business and Doing My Job. Now, it’s Time for You To Do Yours.”

Today, Americans across the country are yet again reading about the consequences of Republicans blocking legislation to address the debt ceiling as small business owners, veterans, and more highlight how catastrophic it would be if Mitch McConnell and Republicans get their way. From jeopardizing up to six million American jobs, stopping Social Security payments, and blocking our soldiers from getting paid, Republicans are playing politics with our recovering economy, and voters across the country are taking notice.

See the latest opinion pieces calling out Republicans on the debt ceiling, below:

In Pennsylvania:

Erie Times-News: Erie brewer: Sen. Toomey’s debt ceiling games risk disaster for businesses like mine

Well, senators, I may be too busy running a business to pay attention to most of the twist and turns of Washington, but most voters aren’t dummies. When you tell us you’re willing to play political games with our economy, we believe you. And when you put the brewery I’ve worked so hard to keep alive for the past year and a half at risk again by creating a disastrous, self-made economic crisis, you’re absolutely right I’ll remember that next November — and the name of every Republican who opposed suspending the debt ceiling and wanted to put my business back in danger.

I’m running my business and doing my job. Now, it’s time for you to do yours.

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republicans are the clowns in the debt ceiling circus. The act isn’t funny anymore

In case you missed it, on Monday, Republicans in the narrowly divided U.S. Senate voted to block the approval of new borrowing intended to pay for old debt that they’re complicit in racking up.

While entirely unsurprising, the GOP’s united front on the debt ceiling is the most transparent kind of political cynicism.

In Georgia:

Cobb County Courier: Mitch McConnell, Senate Republicans Are Playing Political Football With Veterans’ Livelihoods

With Senate Republicans turning the long-standing bipartisan tradition of raising America’s debt ceiling into a facetious political game, the GOP is putting millions of Georgians’ livelihoods at risk — especially for veterans like me.

As a third-generation wartime veteran, I served eight years in the Marine Corps on active and reserve duty with some of the bravest men and women I have ever met. I, and the other more than 697,000 veterans who live in Georgia, have dedicated our lives to service to this country — and we’d do it all over again. But as we watch Mitch McConnell lead Republicans to put their own politics above the livelihoods of millions of active duty military members, veterans, and Americans — it’s clear that the GOP cares more about partisanship than what’s best for our country.

In Florida:

Panama City News Herald: Failing to raise the debt ceiling affects all of us | Guestview

Raising the debt ceiling should be a bipartisan effort by both Democrats and Republicans, as this is something that affects all of us. The current Republican leadership is playing games with the future of the American economy to score political points, which could impact us for decades to come. Senator McConnell agrees that we can never allow America to default, as do most Republicans. So I ask, what are they waiting for?

In Utah:

The Salt Lake Tribune: Republicans — even Mitt Romney — will crash the economy just to make Democrats look bad, Editorial Board writes

There are partisan arguments going in both directions and fair amounts of blame to go around. But right now, it is the play-acting fiscal conservatives of the Republican Party who are about to push the global economy into a horrible recession just for the chance to make the Democrats, who now hold the White House and razor-thin majorities in Congress, look bad.

This is not responsible governing. This is a political death cult. And it is troubling in the extreme that even such normally responsible adults as Utah Sen. Mitt Romney appear to be supporting such destructive actions.

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Joint Statement on the Outcomes of the U.S. – Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue in Geneva on September 30

30 Sep

Office of the Spokesperson

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Russian Federation at the conclusion of the U.S.-Russia bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue:

Today in Geneva, interagency delegations from the United States and the Russian Federation convened for the second meeting of the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue since President Biden and President Putin committed to an integrated, deliberate, and robust process in June.  The United States delegation was led by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman, and the Russian delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.  The discussion was intensive and substantive.

The two delegations agreed to form two interagency expert working groups – the Working Group on Principles and Objectives for Future Arms Control, and the Working Group on Capabilities and Actions with Strategic Effects.  The delegations additionally agreed that the two working groups would commence their meetings, to be followed by a third plenary meeting.

DHS Secretary Warns Over 350,000 Illegals Could Flood Our Southern Border If Title 42 Is Revoked

30 Sep

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly asked DHS officials whether the department was prepared for 350,000 to 400,000 illegal border apprehensions in October if a court order that lifts Title 42 takes effect at the end of the week.

The United States has NEVER recorded that number of illegal border apprehensions in a single month, and it would nearly double the 21-year record reached in July.

Title 42 was implemented by the Trump administration to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in March 2020. But, the Biden Administration is actively working to stop using Title 42 to expel migrant families at the southern border who are attempting to enter from countries with a high COVID-19 infection rate.

Fortunately, Republican Representatives Chip Roy and Yvette Herrell are leading a discharge petition for H.R. 471, allowing for Title 42 to continue to be enforced at our southern border.

This reporting also comes at a time when DHS is already under fire for not testing illegals entering the country for COVID-19. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks has proposed legislation known as the REACT Act, which would require a negative COVID test before any illegal immigrant is released from custody.

Unfortunately, just yesterday, House Democrats again blocked consideration of this legislation.

BIDEN’S BORDER CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • There were 208,887 border apprehensions in August – a 317% INCREASE from last year.
  • August was the second straight month with over 200,000 apprehensions.
  • Over 1,200,000 illegal immigrants have been apprehended at the border since February 1, 2021.
  • In August, Joe Biden released 43,941 illegal immigrants into the U.S.
    • In President Trump’s last full month in office, only 17 illegal immigrants were released into the U.S.
  • Fentanyl seizures in 2021 have nearly doubled 2020 numbers, according to records quietly released by Customs and Border Protection.

It’s simple: The Biden administration has worked to open the southern border, not secure it. Our communities are less safe because they stopped building the wall, brought back Catch and Release, and got rid of the Remain in Mexico policy.

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Republicans Keep Picking Disaster Over the American People

30 Sep

Congressional Republicans are hellbent on stopping our country from moving forward and throwing it into turmoil instead. From playing politics with the debt ceiling to endless fear-mongering about vaccine requirements, Republicans are wildly out of touch with the American people. 

Republicans are playing a dangerous game with the debt ceiling and voters across the country are not amused: 

  • Navigator Polling: “A majority of Americans support Congress passing a bill to raise the debt ceiling.”
  • Navigator Polling: “Americans have major concerns about failing to raise the debt ceiling, including a delay in Social Security payments, a delay in veteran’s benefits, and job losses, and view them as credible potential consequences.”


Despite Republican talking points, vaccine requirements are incredibly popular because the American people know they work and are tired of this pandemic:

  • Associated Press: “With the highly contagious delta variant driving deaths up to around 2,000 per day, the poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed that overall, 51% say they approve of the Biden requirement, 34% disapprove and 14% hold neither opinion.”

  • Gallup: “Americans generally approve of President Joe Biden’s Sept. 9 plan mandating that millions of U.S. workers be vaccinated against COVID-19. Roughly six in 10 U.S. adults are in favor of those requirements for federal government workers, employees of large companies, and workers at hospitals that receive federal healthcare funds.”
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The Department of State Celebrates the Dedication of the New U.S. Embassy in Maputo

30 Sep

Office of the Spokesperson

In a display of the enduring friendship and strategic partnership with Mozambique, U.S. Ambassador Dennis Walter Hearne, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Managing Director Tracy Thomas, Mozambican Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Ernesto Max Tonela, Maputo City Secretary of State Vicente Joaquim, and Maputo Province Governor Julio Parruque today dedicated the new U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique.

The new campus provides a secure, innovative, sustainable, and resilient platform for U.S. diplomacy in Mozambique. The 10-acre compound sits on the coast of the Indian Ocean and models the latest energy efficient features.  It is on target to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification – a globally recognized mark of achievement in high performance, best-in-class, green buildings.

Allied Works Architecture of Portland, Oregon is the design architect for the project, and Yost Grube Hall Architecture, also of Portland, Oregon, is the architect of record.  Pernix Federal, LLC, of Lombard, Illinois constructed the facility, creating more than 1,000 jobs for Mozambicans and injecting more than $22 million into the local economy.

Since the start of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program in 1999, OBO has completed 168 new diplomatic facilities. OBO currently has more than 50 active projects either in design or under construction worldwide.

OBO provides safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and that support U.S. diplomats in advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives abroad.

For further information, please contact Christine Foushee at FousheeCT@state.gov or visit www.state.gov/obo.

Palau National Day

30 Sep

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

On behalf of the United States of America, I extend the warmest congratulations to the people of Palau on the occasion of your National Day on October 1.

The Republic of Palau and the United States have enjoyed longstanding friendship and valuable cooperation.  Through the Compact of Free Association, our countries share a special bond that has stood the test of time.  We share common values, and together we have worked to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific.  

The United States is committed to working with Palau as it continues to build a vibrant, prosperous, democratic society based on its proud traditions and the rule of law.  We also commend Palau for its focus on tackling the ocean and climate crises, and we look forward to partnering on the seventh Our Ocean Conference in Koror in February 2022.

Congratulations and warmest wishes for peace and prosperity in the year to come.

The People’s Republic of China National Day

30 Sep

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

On behalf of the United States of America, I would like to extend our congratulations to the people of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as the country celebrates its National Day on October 1.

As the United States seeks to work cooperatively to solve the challenges we all face, we wish the people of the PRC peace, happiness, and prosperity over the coming year.