Sec. Tillerson’s statement on Department of State and USAID FY 2019 Budget Request

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON February 12, 2018 Today President Trump requested $39.3 billion for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) budget. This request upholds the President’s commitment, as outlined in the National Security Strategy and the State Department and USAID’s Joint Strategic Plan, to protect our security, rights, and ... Read More»

Statement on Presidential Elections Announced in Venezuela

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson  Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson February 8, 2018 Presidential Elections Announced in Venezuela The United States denounces the decision by Venezuela’s National Electoral Council to unilaterally advance presidential elections without guarantees to ensure free, fair, and internationally-validated elections.  These elections do not have the agreement of all political ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson’s Phone Call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Readout December 27, 2017 Secretary Tillerson’s Phone Call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke yesterday by phone. The two discussed concerns related to the DPRK’s destabilizing nuclear ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Tillerson at the UN Security Council Ministerial Meeting on D.P.R.K.

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State United Nations, New York City December 15, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon and thank you for the opportunity to speak today. On behalf of the United States, I thank Japan and Foreign Minister Kono for convening this ministerial session on the growing threat from North Korea. Upon taking office, ... Read More»

Press Statement on International Human Rights Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2017 Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and ... Read More»

Statement By Secretary Tillerson On the Latest DPRK Missile Launch

The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of what is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, indiscriminately threatening its neighbors, the region and global stability. The DPRK’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them must be reversed.  Together the international community must continue to send a ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON November 20, 2017 Transgender Day of Remembrance  On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence. Transgender individuals and their advocates, along with lesbian, gay, bisexual and ... Read More»

Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Session on Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Tillerson’s Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Session on Nuclear Non-Proliferation. September 21, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good afternoon. And I appreciate the opportunity to address the Security Council again, and I thank this month’s – this month’s chair, Ethiopia. Members of the Security Council talk often of threats to global security. The focus of ... Read More»

Secretary’s Remarks: North Korea’s Missile Launch

North Korea’s provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks. These continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation. United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of ... Read More»

Department of State Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report

On September 12, 2017, the Department of State released the 2017 Fiscal Transparency Report, consistent with section 7031(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2017 (Div. J, P.L. 115-31) (“the Act”).  The Report found that 73 of 141 governments reviewed by the Department met minimum requirements of fiscal transparency.  ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON September 11, 2017 Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of ... Read More»

The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON July 4, 2017 The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world. Global action is required ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Tillerson at the Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America

REMARKS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson At the Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America Opening Plenary Session Florida International University Miami, Florida June 15, 2017  SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Well, thank you, Jorge, for that most kind introduction, and also in particular, I want to thank Florida International University for providing their campus and the ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Terrorist Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON May 31, 2017 On the Terrorist Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan The United States strongly condemns today’s deadly attack in Kabul. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and injured, including our Afghan partners, members of the ... Read More»

Press Statement by Secretary Rex Tillerson on the Occasion of Ramadan

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 26, 2017 On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection. Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson From a Press Availability in Riyadh, on the Reelection of Iranian President Rouhani

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON May 20, 2017 From a Press Availability in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the Reelection of Iranian President Rouhani What we hope – what I would hope – is that Rouhani now has a new term, and that he use that term to begin ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on World Press Freedom Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON May 3, 2017 World Press Freedom Day Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, ... Read More»

Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson April 26, 2017 Joint Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests. With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat ... Read More»

The United States strongly condemns the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON April 4, 2017 Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria The United States strongly condemns the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, the third allegation of the use of such weapons in the past month alone.  There are reports of dozens dead, including many children. ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the attack in London

Statement by Secretary Tillerson On the Attack in London On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families.  The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom.  We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Mexico City, February 22-23, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Mexico City, February 22–23, 2017. He will be joined in Mexico by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. During their visit, the two Secretaries will meet with President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto and the Mexican ministers of Interior, Foreign Relations, Finance, National Defense, and ... Read More»
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