Turkey National Day

29 Oct

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Turkey as you celebrate the 98th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey. 

Turkey is an important NATO Ally and partner of the United States.  For decades, Turkey has stood together with the United States and the international community to confront global challenges.  Our longstanding relationship is built upon strong commercial, diplomatic, and security cooperation.  The incredibly deep, people-to-people ties between Turkey and the United States have persisted for generations and are critical to the strength of our relationship.

We send best wishes as you celebrate this special occasion and look forward to expanding our partnership in the years to come.

Delegates Welcome Focus by Human Rights Council on Emergencies Worldwide, Yet Some Say Monitoring is Selective, as General Assembly Considers Body’s Annual Report

29 Oct

While many Member States praised the Human Rights Council for its inclusivity and focus on human rights emergencies in Afghanistan, Myanmar and elsewhere, others accused it of being selective in its monitoring and condemnation, as the General Assembly took up the intergovernmental body’s annual report today.

Justices’ Diverse Perspectives, Experiences Make International Court of Justice ‘Truly a World Court’, Its President Tells Sixth Committee during Annual Visit

29 Oct

Stressing the importance of reflection over reflexive judgement, the President of the International Court of Justice told the Sixth Committee (Legal) today that it is the genuine airing of a variety of perspectives which makes that institution truly a world court.

Refugee Agency Chief Calls for Solidarity with World’s 82 Million People Forcibly Displaced, as Issues of Burden‑Sharing, Resources Dominate Dialogue

29 Oct

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) punctuated its series of interactive dialogues today, with a briefing by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees who rallied Governments to draw inspiration from the world’s 82 million people forcibly displaced who refuse to give up on their quest to build a better life.

Security Council President Says Transparent Elections Critical for Mali, Commends Niger’s ‘Embrace of Democracy’, in Briefing on Visiting Mission

29 Oct

Issuing a warning to Member States about the ongoing threat of terrorism in Mali, delegates also called for elections there next February and noted signs of progress in Niger as they briefed Member States on the Security Council mission to those countries from 22 to 26 October 2021.

Special Representative Stresses Need for Crucial Reforms to Ensure Credible Elections, Lasting Stability, in Briefing Security Council on Mali

29 Oct

Amid intensifying insecurity and a worsening humanitarian situation in Mali, profound political and governance reforms are crucial to creating the conditions for credible elections and enduring stability, the senior United Nations official in that country told the Security Council today.

Security Council Extends Mandate of United Nations Mission in Western Sahara, Adopting Resolution 2602 (2021) by 13 Votes in Favour, 2 Abstentions

29 Oct

The Security Council today decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 31 October 2022, emphasizing the need for a realistic, practical, enduring and mutually acceptable political solution based on compromise for the region.

DNC Chair: While Democrats Deliver For Working Families, Republicans Obstruct

29 Oct

In an interview today on MSNBC with Nicolle Wallace, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison highlighted how President Biden’s Build Back Better framework would improve the lives of Americans across the country, and drew a clear contrast between Democrats who are delivering for the American people, and Republicans who only want to obstruct.


DNC Chair“I can tell you the American people are ready for some of the big things that are in this legislation, and it will immediately improve the lives of a lot of working families…. And it will demonstrate that Democrats do deliver, and that we know how to govern, and that we will always fight to deliver for the American people.”


DNC Chair“The contrast is clear: Democrats are delivering and working for the American people, while the Republicans are sitting on the sidelines obstructing.”


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